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?