On this day: October 31

Published On: Oct 30 2012 11:59:09 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2015 01:00:00 AM CDT

The first All Hallows' Evening is celebrated, Nevada becomes a state, Harry Houdini dies, Mount Rushmore is completed, and the Vatican apologizes to Galileo, all on this day.

OTD October 31 - Halloween guising
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The Henry Ford Museum

1911: The practice of Halloween trick-or-treating in North America is first recorded with a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario, reporting children going "guising" around the neighborhood. The tradition of "guising" started as a Halloween custom in the late 1800s in Scotland and Ireland.

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