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Trick or treats?

Was wondering what the chow community gives out to trick or treaters for Halloween. We traditionally give kit kats and reese's peanut butter cups...both things I know I won't touch even if we have leftovers! What are you giving out this year?

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  1. We get no trick or treaters because we live on a busy rural road, but if I had to give out something, it would be a candy I didn't want to eat...you know, like Necco wafers or Jujubes. LOL! I sure don't want leftover Reese's sitting around this house!

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    1. re: Isolda

      LOL! Necco wafers are one of my sister's favorite candies and I never quite understood the appeal. I'm pretty sure the same Jujubes go around year after year for Halloween...can anyone really eat these without pulling out a filling??

      1. re: mom22tots

        I love necco wafers too :) I was also very upset when Necco changed the recipe for valentine hearts.

    2. I buy stuff well in advance, like when I see a sale at the market, I buy it and freeze so it's not so much cash out all at once. I have tons of chocolate stuff because that's what I like and always picked at the kids stash when they'd get home, all frozen. It'll go into my hugest Wondelier Tupperware with lid container and then sit by the front door surrounded by lots of smallish pumpkins and a bale of hay with corn stalks on it too, all sitting on the tarp of course or it'll junk up my poor foyer.
      Reeses kisses, all flavors, Peanut butter cups, kitkats, twix, tootsie pops and rolls, hersheys candy bars, mars bars and snickers.

      1. A couple years ago the little old ladies on the other block gave my kids homemade cupcakes. Mom told me to throw them away. They were delicious.

        1. Lollipops.................
          My wife and kids love chocolate, so we don't bring in quantities for Halloween. None of us cares about lollipops, so it's a good choice to have in the house. Also, the leftovers don't get stale or tempt us.

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          1. re: bagelman01

            Us too -- giant bag of Dum Dums. Or gummi Lifesavers. I'm amused to find that so many people use the same strategy we do of buying candy they won't be tempted to eat themselves. (Kit Kats and Reese's PB cups? They might not even make it until Halloween.)

            1. re: Pia

              I used to do the opposite. There aren't very many kids around here in recent years, and I didn't want leftovers that I couldn't use. So I bought snack-pack sized Oreos, or assorted snack-packs of chips, popcorn, etc. Before I retired, I brown-bagged lunch and these were things I could use up that way. As of a few years ago, there are no more trick-or-treaters so I don't stock up.

              Way back when, when there were a lot of them and I had overbought apples, I made candied apples. I put each one in a plastic sandwich bag, including a post-it with my phone number and one of the many free address stickers that charities send out. I figured that parents would be comfortable letting their kids eat them since the person handing them out had voluntarily identified herself. I also told the kids not to eat them until their parents had approved. I'd like to think my efforts did not get trashed.

              1. re: Pia

                I'm sure they did not get trashed! Love that idea...

            2. talk about tempting.
              sheeesh.
              years ago someone posted a question [I think it was on the now defunct eGG website] about halloween and what to do with the candy you have left over.
              I had just such a problem and was 6 months pregnant. not wanting to gain weight as I was up and over that already, I decided to make cookies for our Bradley childbirth class and get all the other new mommies to be plumped up too.
              I cut up all the little snickers bars, made a basic no recipe cookie dough, added them to it and baked away.
              Gad they were good and soon the plate was clean at the childbirth class.

              1. Trick or treating has only just started to become popular in the UK in the last few years. Another American import, if you will.

                Whilst the tiny ones are normally happy to be given any cheap sweets they can get their hands on, the slightly older ones seemed disappointed that, unlike Bonfire Night, it's not another excuse to extort money out of folk.

                Our local police happily give out "No trick or treat" posters to fix to your door - and they're getting even more popular than the actual event. We don't bother with that and now just go out for a meal to avoid it all.

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                1. re: Harters

                  Wow...bah humbug!! :) What is Bonfire Night?

                  1. re: mom22tots

                    Our major autumn event for kids - has been since around 1605 (and I don't mean five past four :-) )

                      1. re: mom22tots

                        In the days beforehand, kids have effigies of the "guy" and basically beg for money to buy fireworks. On the Night, food is mainly savoury, even for kids. The only traditional sweet thing in my part of the world is parkin - a ginger cake that might be a bit too adult in taste for very young kids. http://www.britainexpress.com/article....

                      2. re: Harters

                        You mean Guy Fawkes day, yes? I think it's fascinating that the word "guy" comes from the figures they burned (still do?) in effigy. Just last night I heard a man who grew up in Yorkshire reminiscing about ringing doorbells, demanding "brass" and threatening to play tricks. He said they carved jack-o-lantern type things, but not out of pumpkins. Can't remember what he said they used.

                        To keep this (barely) food-related, Robin Williams, who lives in SF, gives out full-sized Snickers bars.

                        1. re: Glencora

                          Yep, I do mean Guy Fawkes Night. Certainly in the north, where I live, the tradition of playing tricks was separate from the knocking on doors for money. The night before 5 November was when the tricks were played - it was known as Mischief Night - and we'd do things like ring doorbells and run away.

                          Pretty much being overtaken by Trick or Treating now.

                    1. re: Harters

                      Harters....
                      In the 1990s I lived in a condominium development that was on a private road. On Ocober 31, entry was barred to non-residents. The association printed and distributed signs with a pumpkin in a red circle with a diagonal slah through it that was to hung on doors of those wishing not to be disturbed.
                      It worked quite well. Only known local kids came to the door and the signs were respected.

                      1. re: bagelman01

                        For a while, we had family members living in America (upstate New York). They lived on an estate of a couple of hundred houses. Apparently the convention was that if you left your porch lights on, it meant it was OK for the kids to call. Off meant "Bah, humbug"

                        1. re: Harters

                          I think if there are no holiday decorations or pumpkins out front, then you know they're just not into it. Lights out seals the deal. We turn them out when we've had enough, to keep away the 9:00 teenage crews, they're not as cute as the little ones.

                          The kids by me seem disappointed with the usual fun size M&M Mars or Hershey's products. Most of my neighbors seem to give out the full sized ones from BJs. I've done granola bars (Nature Valley, Nutrigrain) which the parents seemed happy about (we always have helicopter parents a few feet away so no funny business) not sure about the kids, supposedly they love the healthy stuff but that was their parents talking. Now last year, I had a chance to get a few dozen commercial/wrapped Black and White cookies, except they were black and orange, and I was hearing about it for weeks from the neighbors...seems most of them were grabbed by the parents! Unfortunately, where I live, it's sort of a one-upmanship thing, and I was definitely the winner last year! Think I'll rest on my laurels.

                          PS one of my Christmas cookies is a peanut butter cookie with a Snickers bar embedded in it, I always buy a few bags now while they're on sale.

                    2. Trick or treating has been replaced by community parking lot gatherings, Scouting bonfires and school gatherings. Costume parades, home parties and going to Halloween events the rest. I can't remember the last time a child showed up at my door and we have hundreds of children in the neighborhood. Sign of the times.

                      I still buy Halloween candy tho :) We enjoy frozen Reese's cups and s'mores made from Kit Kat bars.

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                      1. re: HillJ

                        That's interesting...where do you live? I'm in NJ and in our town, there one neighborhood where 90% of the kids go...it's really very small town and controlled and familiar. When someone buys a house in that area, the realtor has to let them know about their Halloween responsibilities...people spend literally hundreds of dollars to ensure they don't run out of candy. One of the houses has a cotton candy machine out front...another does caramel apples...obviously a big hit! My favorite is the house that hands out glasses of wine to trick or treating parents!!

                        1. re: mom22tots

                          What a party you have going! I can imagine the decor! We all still decorate...the party scene has def. changed. I'm in monmouth county and the neighbors have moved their parties and party plans, as I said, elsewhere and if you want your kids to be with their friends, you move right along with it. Halloween parties for adults still occur...but sans kids.

                          1. re: HillJ

                            Forgot to ask...s'mores with kit kats? Do tell!! Do you just sub broken up kit kats for the chocolate or is it more complicated than that? Sounds delish!!

                            1. re: mom22tots

                              Kit Kat S'mores: Btwn 2 graham crackers squares and one prepare marshmallow (I toast several at a time on the gas stove), place 2 Kit Kat bars (don't split two bars), one caramel square. Assemble your s'more. Make 14 per cookie sheet. Into a 400 oven for 3 mins. Straight out of the oven drizzle lightly with chocolate syrup and serve.

                              For the Reese's I take a mini size cups and place them on a wooden skewer; freeze several dozen for about 30 mins. Prepare chocolate glaze, dip each now frozen mini cup in the glaze and roll in orange sprinkles. Stick in a foam base to dry and serve immediately. You can change up the dip & coating any way you like.

                              1. re: mom22tots

                                http://ratherbebaking.com/2010/09/jus...
                                This is what we're making this year. Super easy and very yummy!

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  Those look insane!! Have you made them before?

                                  1. re: mom22tots

                                    Sure did! We make a test batch and they were inhaled in about 5 mins!
                                    So easy and pretty adorable ta boot!

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      Did you use the snyder's pretzels?

                                      1. re: mom22tots

                                        Yes! The hold up really well to the Oreo cookie filling and slight compression. http://www.snydersofhanover.com/Produ...

                            2. re: mom22tots

                              That sounds so fun. We used to have a block party on Halloween every year with games for the kids, but after awhile no one wanted to be responsible for the month long organizing so it fell by the wayside. I miss it but don't have the time myself for all the meetings of the ladies that were required, which were parties in themselves.

                              1. re: mom22tots

                                > My favorite is the house that hands out glasses of wine to trick or treating parents!!

                                I really like that idea. I've always felt like Halloween is the one night of the year where you can ring your neighbors' doorbell and introduce yourself and not feel like you are intruding. Whenever I move into a new neighborhood, I usually go around saying hello on Oct 31.

                                This is probably a reply that could also go into that thread, "What will you do when the recession is over?" Some day I think it would be fun to go waayyy overboard with trick-or-treaters. Give away giant-sized Wonka bars, or DVDs, MP3 players, or cash. You'd be the talk of the neighborhood.

                                1. re: GraydonCarter

                                  Yes, but what a tough act to follow! You'd have them lining up outside your door. But definitely a good way to make a name for yourself in the neighborhood!!

                                  1. re: mom22tots

                                    Dee Snyder lives near me, and I heard he does something over the top like that, nice guy. They come from miles around.

                            3. Shots of Red Bull and Reese's Pieces so they have the energy to continue Trick or Treating