Thursday, October 21, 2010

Top 10 Things You Shouldn't Give Away This Halloween7.


According to my bus stop survey (four seven-year-old boys) as of yesterday, there is a clear and definite list of food and material items children do not want to receive in their Trick-or-Treat bags.

Keep in mind, this was a very narrow pool, but I had to agree with most of the things on their list.

I've listed these in order of offense, from most offensive to least, and this is what kids don't want to get on Halloween (and how you might avoid being toilet-papered or wake up to an egg in your mailbox):
1. Toothbrushes (the ultimate opposite of candy)
2. Raisins (they don't like these on non-holidays)
3. Popcorn balls (they don't like their popcorn in this form)
4. Pencils (reminds them of school)
5. Apples (even before the razor blade scare, these were uncool)
6. Almond Joy or Mounds (no coconut)
7. Stickers (these are for girls. Little girls!)
8. Pennies (you can't buy anything decent with pennies)
9. Pretzels (booooring)
10. Nuts (this includes circus peanuts)

And one kid added that he knew which house gave out used Happy Meals toys each year. "I'm not going to that house!" he exclaimed huffily and I swore that I'd be sure to buy Milky Ways, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, and Tootsie Roll Pops.

Do you know how hard it is to get egg out of your mailbox?

Okay, fess up. What are you giving out this year?

24 comments:

Michele L. said...

Yes, I definitely agree with your list of no-no items to receive for Halloween. If that was me, that house would be egged for sure! Ha,ha!

I give out candy to 6 kids. I live on a dead end street and there are only 2 houses that have kids. So, I usually give out big treats like snickers candy bars, hershey chocolate bars, reese's peanut butter cups, and large boxes of whoppers to each kid, then include with all that plastic bugs and salamanders. The kids love them! I work at a gift shop that sells a lot of kids toys so I get first pick of the toys. I buy cool looking spiders, snakes, salamanders, frogs, etc. You can also buy plastic bugs at dollar stores for the kids and they are cool looking also.

Sometimes I buy the theater size boxes of candy because the stores here will have them for sale for a dollar each. I usually buy like 12 boxes of all different kinds of candy. The kids love those too! I usually let the kids grab which candy they like. That way everybody is happy with what they get.

Shel said...

I'm not giving anything. I turn off all the lights and pretend I'm not home...

Bookwoman said...

Reeses, Hersheys and KitKats. And I had to put them out of site until Halloween so that I don't sneak any. Of course I two teen age candy monsters (boys) in my house and I have to keep the candy hidden from them as well.

Dru said...

My section of the complex houses the single residents so we get no trick or treaters.

Anonymous said...

There is a bag of mini 3 musketeers on hand. Out here on my dirt road it is 'iffy' whether anyone will show up. Sometimes we do get a few.
I remember the days growing up, when we took our kids around the community, thrilling older neighbors, getting homemae cookies, popcorn balls and other treats. Halloween was a lot more fun then!

Laineshots said...

I always buy a huge load of favorites - Snickers, Milky Ways, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, etc. The fact that we haven't had a trick-or-treater for the past two years doesn't deter me at all.

Maggie Sefton said...

Well, October 31st, I'll be arriving at Denver airport after 6pm, so by the time I arrive, most Halloween trick-or-treaters will be winding down. I might pick up small candy bag in case a few late nighters show up. Probably Milky Ways.

Miki Willa said...

We usually buy Reese's peanut butter cups and a bag or two of Hersey's mixed chocolates. The past two years, we have had a total of three trick-or-treaters, but we do love the chocolate.

BJ Miller said...

We only get a handful of trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood. This year I think I'm doing Reese's and Snickers. I just let them grab what they want.

I like you list, very cute.

Happy Halloween!

Linda McDonald said...

I always get Reese's peanut butter cups and Hershey's mixed chocolates. I have not purchased them yet because if I buy them too early I will eat them all and just have to go back and buy more. No self control, sad to say. And I agree with the list....especially the raisins....ick!

Robin K said...

We usually take the kids out, come home and give out all of the things they do not like. We re-gift Halloween. We also keep small candy bars on hand too :)

Lover of Books said...

Our church used to do something but not this year. :( So yeah not sure what we will do.
Krista

Aimee said...

NO COCONUT?!?!?!

These children are heathens.

Rochelle said...

That's exactly the same list of no-no's we had when I was trick-or-treating, minus the toothbrushes. Weird how kids hate coconut in candy.

There must be a dentist in your neighborhood - who else would have a stockpile of toothbrushes to hand out? Hilarious idea.

Halloween is one of my favorite nights. I love carving the pumpkin and decorating the house but, alas, no trick or treaters in my neighborhood.

If there were, I'd have a bucket of Snickers at the ready.
Rochelle

jbstanley said...

I am going to have to buy more candy. I've eaten all the candy corn already!

Heather Webber said...

You can send all the Almond Joys to me. Love them!

We have Snickers, Milky Ways, Reese's, Almond Joys, and Kit Kats here. If they'll all last till Halloween is another matter.

lynneandco said...

Even though we only get a handful of trick or treaters at our house, you must always be prepared. :) That's why I bought a giant bag at Costco: snickers, milky way, reeses, m&ms, almond joy (it's ok, I will eat all of these so no poor child will be stuck with one!) and twix. My motto is that you can never have too much chocolate, so heaven forbid that I would not have enough for any trick or treaters that come to my house!

Laineshots said...

Lynne, you are a kind woman. I admire that attitude. :) Michele L, I want to come to your house!

So what strange things have you seen given out on Halloween? I've seen fortune cookies (from a Chinese lady), cans of soup (from a recently-arrived immigrant without a clear understanding of Halloween), and Jello shots. Yes, Jello shots--to the parents of trick-or-treaters. That was a popular house.

Vickie said...

But what if they are chocolate covered raisins....or maybe that's just me.

We get the candy that the household likes if there is any left over: Reese's Cups, Snickers, KitKats, Milky Way, M&Ms plain.

Merry Lu said...

I like to give out the Wendy's coupons for a free Frosty. However, I make sure to give some candy with it, so as not to get some really dirty looks from the kids who don't know why you're giving them a piece of paper.

terzap said...

I stopped giving out treats altogether seven years ago. It came as a combination of ungrateful, demanding, and rude trick or treaters; more rude kids; kids who stand and stare at you with open bags without saying anything--ANYTHING--I'd stand there too and then say, Yes, can I help you, are you lost? They still wouldn't say anything. (No excuse they were scared or shy, either, they were selfish, spoiled little girls who thought they were entitled to freebies without so much as cracking a smile or giggling or saying Thank You after I gave them expensive candy bars. So, I ditched handing out Halloween candy for life and I'm a much happier person now. My pumpkin gets made into soup, the porch light stays off, I get a good book, and I ignore any knocks at the door. :)

Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

Except for the Almond Joy and Mounds (which I love) I'm with the kids on this one. Six years ago I moved a 3rd floor apt with a security entrance, so no trick-or-treaters. I miss the kids. In my old neighborhood I got quite a few kids and only gave out the good stuff (mostly because it had to be candy I wanted as leftovers).

Anonymous said...

To celebrate my recent retirement, I'm going out of town to my favorite bed and breakfast in the country. I'll turn the lights down low and watch scary movies (such as "Scream," "Halloween," etc.) on my portable DVD player. If anyone knocks at my door for treats, I'll probably "Scream" and have a heart attack!!! Maybe I better take some candy just in case.

Shirley in Baltimore

Heather said...

I'm in an apartment complex, so no trick-or-treaters. And speaking of toothbrushes...there's a dentist in town who pays kids for their Halloween candy, which he then sends to troops overseas.