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On October 25th, Cedarhurst of Edwardsville spent the evening passing out candy to trick or treaters from the Edwardsville area. Over 30 groups of parents and kids came into Cedarhurst dressed in a variety of costumes. Some of the resident’s favorite costumes were witches, ghosts, ninjas, cheerleaders and even a candy vending machine. Each resident was given a bag full of delicious candy and sat in a chair outside of their rooms waiting to hand candy out to the children. The trick or treaters then walked around the building and visited with the residents while filling their buckets up with candy.

During their visit, the residents were able to enjoy taking pictures with the young children while sharing laughs and hugs. The trick or treaters left that day with their candy buckets full and smiles on their face. It always makes for a great day when children come to Cedarhurst and visit with our seniors.

From the History Channel: “Trick-or-treating—going from house to house in search of candy and other goodies—has been a popular Halloween tradition in the United States and other countries for an estimated 100 years. But the origins of this community-based ritual, which costumed children typically savor while their cavity-conscious parents grudgingly tag along, remain hazy. Possible forerunners to modern-day trick-or-treating have been identified in ancient Celtic festivals, early Roman Catholic holidays, medieval practices and even British politics.

Although it is unknown precisely where and when the phrase “trick or treat” was coined, the custom had been firmly established in American popular culture by 1951, when trick-or-treating was depicted in the Peanuts comic strip. In 1952, Disney produced a cartoon called “Trick or Treat” featuring Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.”

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