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Trick or Treat

October 31, 2014 6:35 am

Why do we say "Trick or Treat"?

It’s one of a kid’s favorite parts of Halloween. There’s no feeling quite like waiting for a stranger to open his or her door so you can scream the words “Trick or treat!”. But why do we say it? What does it actually mean? The practice of donning a costume and asking for treats from your neighbors dates back to the Middle Ages, but back then it wasn’t a game.

During the medieval practice of souling, poor people would make the rounds begging for food. In return, they offered prayers for the dead on All Souls Day.

Modern trick or treating is a custom borrowed from guising, which children still do in some parts of Scotland. Guising involves dressing in costume and singing a rhyme, doing a card trick, or telling a story in exchange for a sweet. The Scottish and Irish brought the custom to America in the 19th century.

Some have traced the earliest reference of the term trick or treat in print was in 1927, in Alberta, Canada. It appears as if the practice didn’t really take hold in the U.S. until the mid-1930s, where it was not always well received. The demanding of a treat angered or puzzled some adults. Supposedly, in a Halloween parade in 1948 in New York, the Madison Square Boys Club carried a banner sporting the message “American Boys Don’t Beg.” By 1952, the practice was widely accepted enough to be mentioned in the family television show Ozzie and Harriet.

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Halloween Treat!

October 27, 2014 6:12 am

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Ottavio: Gourmet Italian Cuisine in an Intimate Setting

October 22, 2014 9:03 am

Locals looking for a true fine dining experience in Walnut Creek, CA come to Ottavio to enjoy Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting. Regulars consider Ottavio a good choice for a date or a special occasion dinner. Most agree that the food is delicious, though the price tag definitely reflects the quality of the cuisine. Customer favorites include the pappardelle with wild boar sugo, the duck breast with black mission figs, the carpaccio of house smoked swordfish and the messy lasagna with summer vegetables.

Many customers report having personally served by Valentino Luchin, the chef and owner of Ottavio. Luchin says he changes the menu regularly to give his customers the chance to try new dishes, and he also offers regular specials. Patrons may buy wine by the glass or bottle, but there is a $20 corkage fee.

1606 N. Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 930-8008

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