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This is the French way to say “Trick or treat” during Halloween celebrations. Although, this expression changed a bit during the process of translation.
For an unknown reason: “A treat” became “Un sort” in French, which means “a spell / a cast“. Turning disguised kids into little magicians, brace yourself and give them candies!
Halloween isn’t a very popular celebration in France, many people just skip it. So don’t be too surprised if many houses aren’t prepared for that and keep trying!
But for those who want to celebrate, the recipe is simple. Put your best scary disguise, run to the next house, ring the bell and once the door is open yell: “Des bonbons ou un sort !“.