Trick or Treat?

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Trick or Treat?

Post by sarcastic_enigma » Wed 11.21.2007 10:05 pm

I know Halloween was awhile ago, but...
How do I say "Trick or Treat" in Japanese?
Okashi kurenai to itazura suru zo?
Something like that?
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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by chikara » Wed 11.21.2007 10:16 pm

This reminds me of the "Do the Japanese celebrate Thanksgiving?" thread we had this time last year. *cringe*
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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by sarcastic_enigma » Wed 11.21.2007 10:20 pm

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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by chikara » Wed 11.21.2007 10:32 pm

トリックかトリートですか
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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by Yudan Taiteki » Wed 11.21.2007 10:35 pm

It's not an answerable question. Japan does not celebrate Halloween, so there's no standard translation of this phrase. The phrase itself is so idiomatic that there's really no point even trying to "translate" is. The best you could do is explain it in Japanese.
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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by Harisenbon » Wed 11.21.2007 11:13 pm

However, as Halloween is getting more and more popular in Japan, most kids will know the phrase "Trick Or Treat" if only because it has been taught to them by their ALTs.

There is no trick-or-treating to speak of however.
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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by succubus » Thu 11.22.2007 1:59 am

"トリック オア トリート"

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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by Oyaji » Thu 11.22.2007 9:28 pm

As Harisenbon pointed out, Halloween is getting more and more well known in Japan, and Halloween parties are becoming fairly common. In that setting, as an explanation for what "Trick or treat" means, I think your phrase, 「お菓子をくれないといたずらするぞ」 (Okashi kurenai to itazura suru zo) works fine, and indeed I've heard it, or something similar, used many times.

However, if you were to go around in a costume knocking on doors saying it, I think you would stand a good chance of being arrested. ;)

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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by chikara » Thu 11.22.2007 9:55 pm

Oyaji wrote:
.... if you were to go around in a costume knocking on doors saying it, I think you would stand a good chance of being arrested. ;)
I'd like to see a law enacted in this country that has a similar effect. :)

I've only ever been "trick or treated" twice in this country and both of those were in the past eight years. Fortunately the confectionary companies haven't caught on that they could boost sales by promoting that particular USAism here.
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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by Wakannai » Thu 11.22.2007 10:42 pm

although people say trick or treat, if they don't get a treat, they rarely pull a trick.

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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by chikara » Thu 11.22.2007 11:02 pm

Wakannai wrote:
..... they rarely pull a trick.
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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by Oyaji » Thu 11.22.2007 11:31 pm

:o

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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by chikara » Thu 11.22.2007 11:39 pm

Don't knock on the doors with the red porch light ;)
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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by Harisenbon » Fri 11.23.2007 5:09 am

Poor taste, but funny none-the-less.

Of course, it all depends on the knowledge of the phrase "pull a trick" ;)
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RE: Trick or Treat?

Post by two_heads_talking » Mon 11.26.2007 11:08 am

so much antagonism for just a simple question.. pathetic really.

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