Thursday, September 17, 2009

November 1, 1951: Money or Eats


It's that profile doorstep scene that would play a role in so many later strips. I don't think this is its first appearance though.

"Tricks or treats, money or eats," did Trick or Treaters really use that line? Seems awfully mercenary to me. Around here I don't think it's common for people to give money for Halloween.


  1. Back in that day in some eras, it wasn't uncommon to accept money for UNICEF.

  2. I've heard of people giving out pennies, back when kids still could buy candy and gumballs for a penny or a few cents. I think that may have led to the "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" campaign, which still exists.

  3. The first time I trick or treated was probably about 1957 and I never heard of the phrase "money or eats." I think it was just to set up the punchline in the 4th frame "I'm still hungry."