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2007.10.31(Review of 2001.10.31 edition)

Happy Halloween!!

It's the favorite day of ghosts, goblins, and ghouls, and here's an expression they all love to shout!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: 間違いやすいボキャブラリー
TRICK OR TREAT!   お菓子をくれないといたずらするぞ!


  • Trick or treat! is an expression used by children on Halloween when they visit a house wearing costumes to ask for “treats” (= sweets).

    Trick or treating is the act of going from house to house in a costume on Halloween asking for sweets.

    Be Careful! Although the expression Trick or treat! means that if you don't give the child sweets, he or she will play a “trick” on you (= do some naughty or playful act, such as throw an egg at your house or ring the doorbell and run away), most children will simply walk away disappointed.
  • Trick or treat! とは、ハロウィーンの日に仮装した子どもたちが、家々を回ってお菓子をねだるときに使う表現です。

    Trick or treating とは、ハロウィーンの日に仮装して、お菓子をねだるために家々を回る行為をさします。

    注意: Trick or treat! という表現は、お菓子をあげないと、「いたずら」(例えば、家に卵を投げつけるとか、ドアのベルを鳴らして逃げるなど)をするという意味ですが、実際には、ほとんどの子どもは、(そんなことはせずに)がっかりして立ち去るだけです。



  1. a: Trick or treat!
    b: Oooh, aren't you scary! Here, have a candy bar, dear.
  2. My son is going trick or treating as a samurai. He even made a sword out of cardboard and aluminum foil.
  3. I managed to fill up half a pillow case with candy trick or treating last year.

英会話レッスンDon't eat too much candy!