According to the anonymous experts at Wikipedia, the earliest known mention of the term "trick or treat" was in 1927.
Trick or treating really started becoming popular after World War II in the late 1940s and continued growing in the 1950s. It was first depicted in a Peanuts comic strip in 1951 and in 1952 was portrayed for the first time on screen in the Disney 1952 cartoon Trick or Treat, featuring Donald Duck and his nephews, Huey, Duey and Louie.
Today there is a trend towards more and more trick or treating "events" around town as an alterative to traditional house-to-house trick or treating.
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We've compiled a list of such events at THIS LINK but here is a summary (of 2012 events....see you next year for the 2013 update!).
Fri, Oct 26: Trunk or Treat at Tang Soo Do University in Newbury Park
Sat, Oct 27: Haunted Trail, Trick or Treat and Costume Contest in Thousand Oaks
Sat, Oct 27: City of Moorpark Halloween Party and Trick or Treat Village
Tues, Oct 30: Trick or Treat at Moorpark Family Resource Center (3-5pm)
Wed, Oct 31: Halloween Trick or Treating at the Camarillo Premium Outlets (3-6pm)
Wed, Oct 31: Halloween Celebration at Berylwood Family Resource Center Simi Valley
Wed, Oct 31: 7th Annual Oak Park Indoor Halloween Carnival (5:30-8pm)
Wed, Oct 31: Maliboooo Trick or Treat Village at Malibu Country Mart (4-7pm)
Wed, Oct 31: Trick or Treat and Costume Contest at Simi Valley Town Center (5-7pm)
Wed, Oct 31: 51st Annual Simi Valley Halloween Carnival (5:30-8pm)
Wed, Oct 31: Fright Fest Halloween Carnival in Camarillo (5:30-8:30pm)
Wed, Oct 31: Trunk or Treat at Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center (5-7pm)
Wed, Oct 31: 23rd Annual Halloween Carnival in Santa Paula (6-9pm)
Wed, Oct 31: Trick or Treat at Pacific View Mall in Ventura (4-7pm)
Wed, Oct 31: Halloween Trick or Treating at The Oaks Mall Thousand Oaks (5-7pm)
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