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What's the best thing you've ever received trick-or-treating?

ipsedixit Oct 20, 2011 09:52 PM

Small, gift-sized boxes of Almond Roca and See's lollipops probably top the list for me,

You?

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    gator28 Oct 20, 2011 09:54 PM

    King size anything - Butterfingers, Snickers, Milky Ways.

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      Robinez Oct 20, 2011 10:12 PM

      Great question / thread idea :)

      Caramel Apples. We made sure to go to Mrs. Kight's house first so we wouldn't miss out. They were so good that may times we took a couple bites before moving on. They were the best caramel apples ever..memories make things taste better sometimes ...

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        gooddog Oct 20, 2011 11:25 PM

        Ice cream cones. And not those pre-wrapped nutty buddy things. These were choose-your-flavor hand-dipped cones, given out by a family who had just moved to the neighborhood with a kid who hadn't really made any friends yet. So, probably a bribe of sorts, but when you're 10 who cares?

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          rainey Oct 20, 2011 11:45 PM

          Well, when I was a kid Trick or Treating age most houses gave full sized candy bars. They cost a nickel at that time but they were probably 1/3 larger than what costs $1 today. But one house gave comic books. I lived in the town where Dell comics were printed and that family worked in that factory. No one missed that house!

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            Chowrin Oct 28, 2011 05:37 AM

            ... my landlords gave out full-size paperbacks (kid's choice). Big, big hit with the kids (and we got all the kids from the poorer neighborhoods too).

            The best I ever got? A full grab-bag from my neighbor (pretzels, chocolate, candycorn). She'd always make about twenty or so, and never ran out... She used to make candy apples, but when I was a kid nobody would take one from a stranger.

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            givemecarbs Oct 21, 2011 01:50 AM

            We take our minature daschund trick or treating, she loves it and gets plenty of biscuits. One year a guy gave her an entire Costco sized box of dog biscuits, his dog wouldn't eat them. She beat us all. Took her almost a year to finish off that big score!

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              Steven977 Oct 21, 2011 02:06 AM

              I once went to a house very late and they were all out of candy so they started giving out money. =D That was kind of neat.

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                aurora50 Oct 21, 2011 03:51 AM

                Once (many years ago) (in the 60's) we went to our cousin's neighbor's house.
                He was a rotten, mean old man, but -
                - He gave out Rice Krispies Treats Balls.
                Had to go to his house, no matter what, for that!

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                  Whinerdiner Oct 21, 2011 06:21 AM

                  Money for me as well. When I was a kid we lived in a high rise apartment building with a lot of senior citizens. Many had trouble getting around, and never had candy for the few kids who came around for trick or treat. They opened the door though, made a big fuss, and gave us dollar bills.

                  That was the best building ever.

                2. Brianne920 Oct 21, 2011 06:37 AM

                  Popcorn "hands" from my old neighbor----take a plastic food service glove (clear, obviously unused), drop a candy corn in each finger as a "fingernail", then stuff the glove with caramel popcorn. Glorious.

                  Also, because I'm not a huge chocolate person, I got super excited when I got lollipops or Skittles, or anything fruit-flavored.

                  1. vanderb Oct 21, 2011 06:42 AM

                    University in my residence 1st year... "trick or beer!" It worked out really well, perhaps a bit too well. I know I was too old but it was a good way to meet people.

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                      Chowrin Oct 28, 2011 05:38 AM

                      ... that's nothing. For Uni trickertreating, nothing beats the Embassies in DC. The french one gives out wine, and because you're on french soil, you aren't underage.

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                        goodhealthgourmet Oct 28, 2011 06:04 AM

                        [note to self: tell friends & cousins with kids in NYC to hit the French embassy on Fifth Avenue].

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                          vil Nov 10, 2011 08:11 AM

                          Same note taken, good to know :-)

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                            mamachef Nov 3, 2012 05:32 PM

                            I am so glad we know this now, ghg. I just love CH. :)

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                            sunshine842 Nov 4, 2012 01:06 AM

                            even though minimum age to buy or be served in France is 18?

                            Your parents can opt to give you some of theirs, but it's illegal to directly serve a minor.

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                          angelhair Oct 21, 2011 06:51 AM

                          There's a fabulous bakery in my neighborhood and they go all out for Halloween with decorations, the staff in costume, and scary/funny little skits for the kids. They give out bags of their cookies (4 per bag) to anyone, adult or child, in costume. I never miss that store. And I end Halloween night with a cup of tea and some delicious cookies.

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                            pine time Oct 23, 2011 09:46 AM

                            The tiny town I lived in growing up had a great Mom & Pop bakery. They gave away cookies or mini-cupcakes (quite the novelty then, not like the cupcake overload now), just 1 per child. I always tried to hit 'em up early in the evening, and then again just before closing time. I was a devious child (but well fed).

                            The best I ever gave was full size boxes of Cracker Jacks. We had run out of candy, so I opened the CostCo case of C. J.s (intended for Mr. Pine's lunches) and gave all those out, too. Mr. Pine wasn't amused.

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                              lusfolgena Nov 5, 2012 04:41 AM

                              The one time I ran out of candy I gave out individual cocoa packets lol!

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                                mamachef Nov 5, 2012 05:43 AM

                                LIKE! Now that's some creative thinking on your feet!!

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                            LeoLioness Oct 21, 2011 07:05 AM

                            Definitely full-size candy bars.

                            I was trick-or-treating in the early 80s, when the threat of razor-studded apples was rammed down our throats. Anything "homemade" was thrown in the trash.

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                              beevod Oct 21, 2011 07:14 AM

                              Candy corn and malted milk balls.

                              1. alliegator Oct 21, 2011 07:35 AM

                                A can of beer, haha! I was 9 or 10, and there was a creepy house where a bunch of guys lived. Guess they ran out of candy. But I was a good girl and turned it over to my dad.
                                I always liked the neighbors that gave out little bags of pretzels or chips. Even little kids can go into candy overload.

                                1. coll Oct 21, 2011 07:46 AM

                                  For the last bunch of years, I've been giving out full sized black and white cookies (wrapped from the factory of course) but at Halloween they make orange and black. The parents used to fight the kids for them. I used to buy them from where I worked but since I just retired, checking here for new ideas. Wanna keep wowwing them!

                                  1. meatn3 Oct 21, 2011 08:42 AM

                                    My trick or treating was during the '60's and early '70's. As young kids we had a route from our house to my grandparents, where we would get hot cider and cinnamon toast and a ride home.
                                    Homemade treats were from just a few "known" homes - actually most of those were made by retired neighbor ladies and they usually brought them over earlier in the week. We were on the receiving end for a number of women who had out of town grandchildren!

                                    Most homes gave snack sized candies or standard lollypops and such. The best was a full sized candy bar or money. Just remembered - the best was one year when I received one of those stretchy necklaces strung with a sweet tart sort of candy. I loved those!

                                    I can't believe how excited I got when I remembered that - started smiling and typing very fast!
                                    Now I'm worried I might actually be a cheap date...

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                                      MonMauler Oct 21, 2011 09:09 AM

                                      Gotta be beer.

                                      When I was young, and my parents would take us trick-or-treating, there would invariably be that house with the father on the porch, next do a table of candy and a cooler full of beer. Parents would get beer, kids would get candy, but my dad always let me take a can of beer, too.

                                      So, fast forward a few decades. My parents aren't going to be in town on Halloween, and they live in a great neighborhood for trick-or-treating so they ask me to go over and hand out candy. Immediately, I know that I'm setting up in the driveway with a big fire, a bunch of candy and a couple coolers of beer. I invited a friend over. By about 8pm we had a group of around 15 parents hanging out in the driveway, and the last one didn't leave until around midnight.

                                      1. tcamp Oct 21, 2011 10:13 AM

                                        A few years ago we were walking around the neighborhood with our TnT'ing kids, carrying wine glasses, and some houses offered free refills. Nice!

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                                          sunshine842 Oct 28, 2011 04:27 AM

                                          when I was in college, we trick-or-treated with shot glasses (to friends only). That works, too.

                                          Best trick or treat prize? My husband! We were attending the same party, made a date, and the rest is history.

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                                          Island Oct 21, 2011 10:35 AM

                                          Best: Kennedy silver half dollar. Giving $ was just as common as giving candy, but usually it was a stack of pennies (1960's) so that was a big prize.
                                          Worst: A pencil!

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                                            meatn3 Oct 21, 2011 10:37 AM

                                            My worst was a toothbrush from the home of a dentist!

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                                              alliegator Oct 21, 2011 11:49 AM

                                              Hmmm, my dentist lives 3 doors down from me. I'll have to get the scoop from the neighborhood kids:/

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                                                Michelly Oct 31, 2011 07:17 AM

                                                My kid still gets at least 1 toothbrush/paste package. Jeez, can't people relax for this ONE day a year? It's "Trick or TREAT", after all! Even a quarter is better than a toothbrush!

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                                                  TroyTempest Jul 2, 2012 09:16 PM

                                                  I'm late to this thread, but i totally disagree. I mean 30 snickers and 1 toothbrush beats 31 snickers. some kids might not get any toothbrushes, otherwise.

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                                                    Michelly Nov 1, 2012 10:34 AM

                                                    But my kid already has a toothbrush, and I make sure she brushes at least twice a day, Halloween or not.

                                                    And if a kid has a Halloween costume and is wearing shoes, the chances of them having a toothbrush is pretty high.

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                                                      TroyTempest Nov 1, 2012 12:34 PM

                                                      That toothbrush won't last forever.
                                                      And i see no correlation between having a Halloween costume and wearing shoes and having a toothbrush.
                                                      When i was a kid there was a dentist that lived on one of the streets we trick or treated on. I liked getting the toothbrush.

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                                                        sunshine842 Nov 1, 2012 01:08 PM

                                                        i believe that Michelly is suggesting that if there's enough disposable income for shoes, a costume, and the gas to drive to the "good" neighborhoods to go trick-or-treating, that there's enough disposable income for a toothbrush, particularly when they're given out at school and at dental clinics, even in low-income neighborhoods.

                                                        If you really feel you're saving the world with a toothbrush, more power to you, but you're just not going to be seen as the cool house, nor are your "treats" going to be valued by the kids nearly as much as they are by you.

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                                                          TroyTempest Nov 1, 2012 01:50 PM

                                                          Of course what she says is logical. Logic doesn't always prevail. I've seen shanties with satellite dishes, etc., etc.

                                                          And i don't think the dentist in our neighborhood was going for cool.

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                                                            Servorg Nov 1, 2012 02:27 PM

                                                            "And i don't think the dentist in our neighborhood was going for cool."

                                                            When I was 13 he would have been going for a t.p.'d house and yard... ;-D>

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                                                              TroyTempest Nov 1, 2012 02:33 PM

                                                              Whoa, you took the "trick" part seriously.

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                                                                Servorg Nov 1, 2012 02:41 PM

                                                                I took the "treat" part seriously...(even then a budding Chowhound in the making)

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                                                              AmyH Nov 1, 2012 03:25 PM

                                                              Well, logic would continue on to saying that if there's enough disposable income for shoes, costume, gas, and toothbrush, there's also enough for buying your own candy.

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                                                                sunshine842 Nov 1, 2012 03:26 PM

                                                                well, other than that bothersome thing about "trick or treat" -- because it's so much more fun to ring your own doorbell, have your mom hand you candy, then run around the house and do it again until the bowl's empty!

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                                                                  TroyTempest Nov 1, 2012 05:28 PM

                                                                  So? What's your point?
                                                                  I don't get it.

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                                                                    AmyH Nov 2, 2012 05:34 AM

                                                                    I guess my point is, if you don't like what someone's giving out at their house for trick or treat, be it crappy candy or a toothbrush, just bypass that house.

                                                                    Saying that dentists shouldn't give out toothbrushes because kids' parents can afford to buy them if they can buy a costume isn't a logical argument when kids are going door to door asking for candy. (I realize you didn't make that argument , TroyTempest, and I agree with you that 30 snickers and a toothbrush is better than 31 snickers. )

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                                                                      TroyTempest Nov 2, 2012 07:22 AM

                                                                      yeah, I concur.

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                                                                    latindancer Nov 3, 2012 07:01 PM

                                                                    <there's also enough for buying your own candy>

                                                                    I'm not sure what you're talking about. Are you saying the trick or treaters are doing so because they can't afford their own candy?

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                                                                      TroyTempest Nov 4, 2012 07:14 AM

                                                                      read her next post, she explains it

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                                                              jvanderh Nov 5, 2012 09:38 AM

                                                              Giving toothbrushes to kids on Halloween just seems nasty. As if you're saying "this holiday is disgusting. Just brush your teeth when you're done." It's once a year, and I think even if you are a dentist, you could acknowledge that trick-or-treating is one of the most exciting things that happens in a kid's life, and getting a toothbrush is going to be disappointing for 99% of them. I think it would be okay if they gave out Halloween-themed toothbrushes with Halloween stickers or something.

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                                                                Servorg Nov 5, 2012 09:49 AM

                                                                "I think it would be okay if they gave out Halloween-themed toothbrushes with Halloween stickers or something."

                                                                Although, as an adult, I would be excited to find a discount coupon in my bag for my next crown or root canal... ;-D>

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                                                          mamachef Nov 3, 2012 05:34 PM

                                                          Our local pediatric dentist does a swap, weighing in the candy kids swap in and exchanging it for cold, hard cash.

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                                                            kubasd Nov 3, 2012 06:08 PM

                                                            Wow, I would have LOVED that when I was a kid! I always got a FULL pillowcase of candy which inevitably sat in my room for months while I picked at it.

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                                                              mamachef Nov 3, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                              What kind of weirdo are you, honey? Is there something wrong we don't know of? :)

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                                                                sunshine842 Nov 4, 2012 01:07 AM

                                                                It's kinda like that at our house -- kids went apeshit for about a week, and I had to ration it out...but then 3/4 of the bucket would sit on top of the fridge, untouched.

                                                                I had a routine - -uneaten Halloween candy went out when the Christmas candy starts showing up....Christmas candy went out when the Valentine's candy appeared...Valentine's candy got dumped at Easter....and Easter candy went out before we left for summer vacation.

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                                                                  mamachef Nov 4, 2012 04:34 AM

                                                                  Now that's what I call organization!! Yes, there was always something left over...those mini swee'tarts, and the like. I mean, even kids can only stand so much sugar over an extended period of time. I never rationed because I wanted to get it over with: "all three of you can have your sugarfreak NOW." Kind of like exposing your kids to chickenpox so they'll get it over with at a young age.
                                                                  Now, I wish retailers would follow your example: Let's get one holiday over with before we begin another!!

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                                                                    sunshine842 Nov 4, 2012 04:55 AM

                                                                    heh -- don't confuse "rationing" with "witholding -- they got plenty of candy....but there has to be a limit at some point...

                                                      2. woodleyparkhound Oct 21, 2011 11:23 AM

                                                        Homemade cinnamon candy apples, followed by other homemade treats. Next would be full sized candy - the kinds that I really liked (Almond Joy, Mounds, Reese's, Hershey's, etc.). The worst were candy corn - just hate that stuff!

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                                                          ricepad Oct 21, 2011 11:45 AM

                                                          The best thing I ever got was an ice cream bar, but I didn't get to eat it. One year, when I was about three or four, our next door neighbors were giving out run of the mill candy to most kids, but the kids from our immediate neighborhood got ice cream bars. Since they were the first house my older brother and I hit, our dad didn't want us to get ice cream all over our costumes, so he put them in his pockets for later. I have no idea what the man was thinking...he's an otherwise really intelligent person, but for some reason, it didn't occur to him that 20 minutes of walking around the neighborhood would have a negative effect on the ice cream bars. By the time we got home, his pockets were swimming in melted ice cream.

                                                          The worst thing I've ever seen given out was a little booklet of Bible verses, given to my kids by the neighbors who "refused to participate in the devil's holiday."

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                                                            coney with everything Oct 28, 2011 06:08 AM

                                                            Colbert featured some group that wants Halloween to be "Jesus Ween" and have people hand out bibles instead of candy. Yeah, that'll make the kiddies sign up for church...

                                                            I was a 1960's trick or treater, and I distincty remember one house giving out homemade popcorn balls, and kids passing the word to other kids. Ah, those innocent days of homemade treats!

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                                                              sunshine842 Oct 28, 2011 06:11 AM

                                                              the family in our neighborhood who gave out tracts were usually the first on the list of houses to soap/wax/tp

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                                                                Michelly Oct 31, 2011 07:21 AM

                                                                That's interesting considering that Halloween was the e'en (evening) before All Hallow's Day when one was supposed to pray to make sure that your dead loved ones made it to Heaven. Trick or Treaters were originally people who were willing to do the praying for you in return for payment in the form of All Souls' Cakes.

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                                                                  Chowrin Oct 31, 2011 07:58 AM

                                                                  ... not quite. samhain's the original holiday. and like carolers, people would basically be peaceable thugs.

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                                                                    sunshine842 Nov 1, 2012 03:28 PM

                                                                    not really.

                                                                2. JMF Oct 23, 2011 10:51 AM

                                                                  My trick or treating was during the early to mid 70's, by the late 70's it was shaving cream and egging fights and chugging beers. But during the peak my favs were Sixlets, sweet tarts, butterfingers, candy necklaces, soda caps, fizzies, the original chunky before they dumbed down the recipe, and we had an English neighbor who gave some of us boxes of English style jello mix. Not a powder, but a super thick, rubbery and tough, jello concentrate that you were supposed to add boiling water to, to melt it and make jello. But we ate the blocks as is. they were about 2x3" and 3/4" think. very tasty, imagine super concentrated, high quality jello, that you had to chew and chew to dissolve in your mouth.

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                                                                    meatn3 Oct 23, 2011 09:33 PM

                                                                    I forgot about chunky candy bars. They were so good!

                                                                    I wonder if that style jello mix is still sold - what an odd thing to give. But it sure made a memory!

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                                                                      pine time Oct 24, 2011 07:17 AM

                                                                      Didn't know anybody else liked Sixlets! I just found them at the dollar store and bought a bunch for Halloween (if they last that long).

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                                                                        jmcarthur8 Nov 9, 2011 10:56 AM

                                                                        I have been wracking my brain trying to remember the name of one of my favorite candies from when my boys were young. The neighborhood kids loved them, and none of the other parents gave them out.
                                                                        We found them today at TJMaxx.....Sixlets!!! I haven't seen them in years. We got a container of yellow ones, but I really like the multicolor little tubes.
                                                                        Memories....

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                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Nov 9, 2011 04:26 PM

                                                                          i just saw them at Target the other day - with all the discounted Halloween candy - when my sister was on a hunt for the brown candy corns. that sighting gave me such flashbacks :)

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                                                                            sunshine842 Nov 9, 2011 10:49 PM

                                                                            the bank my mom and dad used when I was a kid would send a little tube of Sixlets through the drive-in tube for every kid when my mom went through the drive-through window.

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                                                                              pine time Jul 3, 2012 09:07 AM

                                                                              Funny timing that this threat got resurrected: just last week, I found another bag of the Sixlets I loaded up on last year. Sadly, they weren't quite as good as my memory had tricked me into believing. Same was true when I ate a Zero candy bar a few years ago--not quite as good. Altho' I still find the old Sky Bar to be crazy good.

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                                                                                GraceW Jul 3, 2012 09:58 AM

                                                                                Also.. I feel like if we blink again it will be Halloween. Summer just passes so quickly... I have already seen Back-to-School commercials.

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                                                                                  TroyTempest Jul 3, 2012 11:14 AM

                                                                                  Nooooo, say it aint so. I'm not ready to start making lunches again

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                                                                                    sunshine842 Jul 3, 2012 12:29 PM

                                                                                    Public school just let out YESTERDAY in France....and the "back to school" supplies have been in the stores for 2 weeks now. Kinda jumpin' the gun.

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                                                                                      GraceW Jul 3, 2012 12:44 PM

                                                                                      As an teacher--when I saw the commercials--(As much as a I 'luv da kidz') I wanted to scream aloud: No!!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                        coll Jul 3, 2012 12:55 PM

                                                                                        I don't know if it's the heat wave, but I'm noticing a few Thanksgiving and Halloween threads starting lately.

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                                                                                          jmcarthur8 Jul 3, 2012 04:31 PM

                                                                                          Oh, dear.

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                                                                                            kubasd Jul 3, 2012 05:38 PM

                                                                                            omg I'm still in my summer session... I don't want to think about the fall yet!!! Granted I do love the produce that'll be coming out in the end of August up here in CT...

                                                                      2. Peachie Oct 23, 2011 10:58 AM

                                                                        This is feedback from the kids that come to my door. The girls say that the jewelry I give out is the best thing they've ever received. I collect inexpensive beaded bracelets and necklaces throughout the year at various sales. I put them on a tray and offer the girls a choice of candy or jewelry. For boys I usually get the inexpensive parachuting toys or other cool things. I had plastic bat rings and the boys weren't interested in them until I put on in my nose (as a nose ring) and suddenly all of the boys wanted one. Just mixing things up.

                                                                        1. danionavenue Oct 23, 2011 11:28 AM

                                                                          a grandma in my small town made popcorn balls which were delicious.

                                                                          1. Veggo Oct 23, 2011 09:57 PM

                                                                            A nice widow who owned the Chatterton mill in CT always gave the industrial sized Hershey bars. Mrs. Harris was classy, in many ways. She let us play hockey on her pond, when the ice was thick enough. Her pond was the last to freeze because it was very deep and had a damn and spillway and a gristmill way down below in all that steamy roar of the waterfall.

                                                                            1. goodhealthgourmet Oct 27, 2011 07:00 PM

                                                                              funny Gawker piece on what you hand out to trick-or-treaters says about you:

                                                                              http://gawker.com/5853130/what-your-h...

                                                                              the comments are pretty entertaining too :)

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                                                                                coll Oct 28, 2011 05:42 AM

                                                                                Oh no, and I was thinking of giving out prepackaged cups of sugary cereals this year. No joke, I have a case of 100 I got stuck with,I had another and gave it to a neighbor and he said the kids were fighting over their favorite flavors. I usually offer a few different things and snack sized bags of cereal usually seemed to go: I'm still on the fence because there's a good sale on chocolate bars at Walgreens. They will be a bit disappointed either way, I usually give out full sized black and white cookies but lots of changes in my life the last year!

                                                                                Gotta get back into checking Gawker on a regular basis, thanks for reminding me!

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                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Oct 28, 2011 06:02 AM

                                                                                  lots of changes brewing among the Chowhounds this year, i hope everything is okay with you.

                                                                                  i actually didn't even see the story on Gawker initially - the local TV news did a spot on it and i caught it at the gym yesterday (apparently it was a slow news day), so i Googled it when i got home.

                                                                                  anyway, fret not, if i was a trick-or-treating kid i'd love to get a bag of sugary cereal :) and thanks for the tip about Walgreens because i have to go buy our stash today and there's one on my way to the gym!

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                                                                                    coll Oct 28, 2011 06:44 AM

                                                                                    Hersheys, Mars and Nestles chocolate, fun or snack size, are $1.99, limit 4 (best price I've seen this season) you have to have the coupon but here the cashiers always scan it with theirs if you say you forgot it. Only til Saturday, then Sunday the price goes to I think 2/$5.

                                                                                    2011 has been a very bad luck year for my husband and I, can't wait til 2012 to begin! But we're hanging in there, thanks.

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                                                                                    pie22 Oct 28, 2011 08:12 AM

                                                                                    i see nothing wrong with you giving out sugary cereals! it's not like you are passing off all-bran or something!

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                                                                                      coll Oct 28, 2011 02:48 PM

                                                                                      Thanks guys, I didn't even check the weather yet. so I may take a chance. Yeah it's Kelloggs frosted flakes, corn pops, cocoa krispies, fruit loops, apple jacks and the like. We're having our annual block party out in the street the day before and I have Twizzlers, candy corn and imported lemon candies for the kids then, besides the four soups I volunteered to make (homemade gumbo and chili, plus jazzed up Campbells NE Clam Chowder and Tomato soup to which I will probably add some type of pasta), Then the two "adult cakes" I will offer, alchohol based. If the weather is bad Monday, I will probably be twiddling my thumbs...which would be good, since it's my cat's birthday and I'm making her some shrimp over polenta, she loves her some shrimp.

                                                                                2. pikawicca Oct 27, 2011 07:30 PM

                                                                                  Homemade, from scratch chocolate cupcake when I was 12. We sat down on the curb and gobbled them up on the spot.

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                                                                                    Veggo Oct 27, 2011 07:55 PM

                                                                                    those were the days....

                                                                                  2. FoodFuser Oct 27, 2011 08:46 PM

                                                                                    Snickers. Overconsumed.
                                                                                    Thank God for the bucket.

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                                                                                      bootlady Oct 28, 2011 04:05 AM

                                                                                      Hotdogs - at the local funeral home. We had to walk up the dimly lit driveway, past the funeral home, and into the backyard. They gave out the hotdogs from the garage, where the hearses were kept. This was really scary when we were little, and there was lots of discussion about what the hotdogs were made from. But the warm treat on a chilly night was worth it.

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                                                                                        Tripeler Oct 28, 2011 04:42 AM

                                                                                        What a cool story! Thank you, bootlady.

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                                                                                          coll Oct 28, 2011 05:43 AM

                                                                                          Love it!

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                                                                                          jwg Oct 28, 2011 06:03 AM

                                                                                          My grandmother's friend owned the Pepsi bottling company. They always left out cases of Pepsi and 7Up cans.

                                                                                          1. SweetPhyl Oct 28, 2011 06:35 AM

                                                                                            I grew up in a small coastal town with 20 to 30 kids TOTAL, so trick or treating involved parents driving around the kids throughout the sparsely populated beach town. The last stop was always a retired couple who lived in a beautiful home right on the Bay. He was retired from Coca Cola and his treats were an entire six pack of COKE! AWESOME! We loved them forever for it...Nothing better than an ice cold Coke to wash down all that Halloween candy!

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                                                                                              sunshine842 Oct 28, 2011 06:42 AM

                                                                                              geez -- I cannot imagine trying to get *that* bunch of kids to sleep -- jacked up on sugar and caffeine!

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                                                                                                mpjmph Oct 28, 2011 07:50 AM

                                                                                                I also grew up in a small town, maybe 70 kids of trick or treating age in any given year. Most people gave out full size candy bars, but my grandparents were snack cake devotees and always had a selection of Little Debbie cakes for kids to choose. Their neighbor was in charge of Lance snacks distribution for the region, and always gave out packs of crackers and other Lance products.

                                                                                                We moved to a larger town when I was eight. No more full size candy bars, but a lot more variety and volume :) We did have one neighbor that would buy all of the personalized pencils and rulers from the dollar store and give those out. Your real name didn't matter - you got whatever name she pulled out of the bag.

                                                                                              2. BiscuitBoy Oct 28, 2011 07:11 AM

                                                                                                BEST - full size snickers, hershey, reese's, or those ridiculous candy necklaces
                                                                                                WORST - apples, quarters, homemade junk, (cookies, popcorn balls, etc) usually from the old lady houses, bleah! sounds awful, but when you're a kid, you have a different view

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                                                                                                  pie22 Oct 28, 2011 08:21 AM

                                                                                                  best is always reese's, sour patch kids and juice boxes (walking around makes you thirsty)
                                                                                                  worst - hershey kisses (really, your just giving me one?), almond joys/mounds, raisins

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                                                                                                  CDouglas Oct 28, 2011 10:15 AM

                                                                                                  As a kid back in the 70s it had to be Marathon bars. These were 12 inches of braided chocolate and caramel that took forever to finish. The wrapper even had a 12 inch ruler printed on the back. They were always the biggest thing in the candy bag.

                                                                                                  As an adult it has to be my neighbor who gives out oil cans of Foster's Lager and Premium Ale. They are the right size to make it around the block with the kids. Stopping by on the return trip is even better.

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                                                                                                    BiscuitBoy Oct 28, 2011 11:08 AM

                                                                                                    I am definitely outta the loop (sadly) with all this trick-or-drinking!

                                                                                                  2. pdxgastro Oct 28, 2011 03:09 PM

                                                                                                    Not trick-or-treating but I was invited to my next door neighbor's house for a Halloween party. All dressed up, I go into a dark room to dunk for apples and in they come in with a lit birthday cake. They turned it into a surprise birthday party for me (my birthday is the following week). Unforgettable! Best party I've ever had.

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                                                                                                      Cathy Oct 28, 2011 03:38 PM

                                                                                                      Vendor size bags of potato chips. From Bars on Michigan Avenue. In Detroit.

                                                                                                      Now, my brother and I both give out bags of chips to Trick or Treaters. Passing it forward.

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                                                                                                        Michelly Oct 31, 2011 07:27 AM

                                                                                                        Oh, GREAT idea! Will try it next year (my daughter insists that "everyone" loves Takis.

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                                                                                                          coney with everything Nov 1, 2011 06:40 AM

                                                                                                          I bought a box of snack size Doritos/Cheetos/Fritos from Costco and gave the kids a choice: chips or candy. Most of the older ones went for the chips. I'll do it again next year, but more carefully as the box I bought was all "spicy" snacks.

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                                                                                                          jujuthomas Nov 4, 2012 07:43 AM

                                                                                                          my sister's best friend's dad growing up drove a Wise truck... they always gave out snack-size bags of chips. it was one of our favorite stops. :)

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                                                                                                            sunshine842 Nov 4, 2012 08:43 AM

                                                                                                            ours was the Archway cookie guy.

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                                                                                                              jujuthomas Nov 4, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                                                                              mmmm... archway molasses cookies were the BEST!

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                                                                                                                Bacardi1 Nov 5, 2012 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                Mmmmmm - Archway. . . .

                                                                                                                "Iced Spice" was my favorite.

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                                                                                                            calliope_nh Oct 28, 2011 04:25 PM

                                                                                                            The best was the neighbor who had a big bowl of pennies and a very shallow spoon. We could take as many pennies as we could scoop. If you took too many almost all would slide off. There were no do-overs.

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                                                                                                              jumpingmonk Oct 28, 2011 04:36 PM

                                                                                                              My best memory was one year near the end of my Trick or Treating phase. One of the houses in our neigborhood was home to a freshly married couple who must have shopped at one of the fancier supermarkets. So instead of the normal Hersehy's or M&M marst American Candy they were handing out Quality Stree chocolates and minature Bounty bars. Not all that different from the regular stuff objectively, but to someone getting a little jaded with most of the regular candy it was a nice change.
                                                                                                              And I probably went down as the best Haloween treat giver in a lot of kids minds in my colledge years, when I fogot to get candy and handed out Pokemon cards.

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                                                                                                                Servorg Jul 2, 2012 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                One of my very earliest childhood memories was trick or treating with my mom when I was 4 years old. We lived in a little area of the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles) called Toluca Lake in a small duplex on the "wrong side" of the tracks. But the neighbors on the other side of that "track" included Bob Hope (whose huge estate is still there at 10346 Moorpark Street http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/b... ). I can still recall to this day his butler, fully turned out in classic butler uniform, coming to the door with this huge bowl filled with nickels. This was 1952 and the site of all those nickels, and being able to take one, stays with me to this day.

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                                                                                                                  HillJ Jul 3, 2012 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                  Circa 1967, we had an older lady in our neighborhood who lived in a home sitting on its own corner. The house was architecturally magnificent, a bit gothic for the times and she had a bowl of dimes in her foyer every Halloween for kids who had the nerve to ring her doorbell. She was not a nice lady. We didn't understand the dime as treats concept at all.

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                                                                                                                    TroyTempest Jul 3, 2012 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                    My mother used to do this, but the kids didn't seem to like it. She thought it was better than having to deal with leftover candy.

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                                                                                                                      Servorg Jul 3, 2012 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                      A short epilog to this story. All of the nickels were Indian Head/Buffalo type. When I got home my older brother convinced me to trade him my nickel for a dime. Today that same nickel is probably worth at least $50 (and probably more). Older brother is just another term for "con man!" ;-D>

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                                                                                                                        HillJ Jul 3, 2012 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                        Man! My husband's cousin con'd him out of some very valuable comic books back in his youthful days...they still fight about it.

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                                                                                                                  HillJ Oct 28, 2011 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                  When I was a kid the authors Wende & Harry Devlin who wrote Old Black Witch were my neighbors. One Halloween Harry read the story to us on his front porch while we ate black licorice from his "black caldron." Still the best time I ever had on Halloween. I still miss you, Harry :)

                                                                                                                  http://www.amazon.com/Black-Witch-Wende-Harry-Devlin/dp/B0038BBN86/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319847788&sr=1-4

                                                                                                                  not to mention the recipes! http://www.harryandwendedevlin.com/re...

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                                                                                                                    jvanderh Oct 28, 2011 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                    A handful of fun sized milky ways.

                                                                                                                    This thread is enlightening. I always thought people giving out chips and pennies and popcorn balls were just killjoys. It appears they had great memories of getting those things as children. Aha! I so wish I weren't too old to trick or treat. Remember the smell when you'd empty it all out on the floor? Intoxicating. Nothing else smells like that.

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                                                                                                                      aurora50 Oct 29, 2011 04:29 AM

                                                                                                                      Ahem, just a little thing -
                                                                                                                      -I don't know if they are still doing it, but Disneyland, a few years ago, was still giving out candy to anyone who would ask, during their Halloween promotion days.
                                                                                                                      I remember, about 7-8 years ago, someone wheeling upt their (mother/grandmother)? up to one of their stations.
                                                                                                                      "Trick of Treat!" the family members yelled.
                                                                                                                      I can't tell you, the joy I feel the elderly lady felt, when she received her "treat"
                                                                                                                      We all feel the need to be needed.

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                                                                                                                        otps Oct 30, 2011 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                        Regular size boxes of Dots.

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                                                                                                                          mpjmph Nov 1, 2011 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                          Mickey's Not-so-Scary Halloween Party. I believe Disney requires a separate or more expensive ticket than regular day time admission, but they offer all-ages trick or treating a few days a week from Mid-September through Halloween.

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                                                                                                                            aurora50 Nov 1, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                            Oh yes, that is so fun. We've done that once or twice.
                                                                                                                            I remember one family, wheeling up their (mother? grandmother?) in her wheelchair and saying, "Trick or Treat!!" and her receiving candy in her little bag.
                                                                                                                            That is one of my best memories.

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                                                                                                                          lusfolgena Nov 5, 2012 04:29 AM

                                                                                                                          Wow I remember that smell too! Had totally forgotten!

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                                                                                                                          escondido123 Oct 31, 2011 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                          1960. Anaheim California. Homemade cinnamon sugar doughnut, still warm.
                                                                                                                          1967. Berkeley California. Hand rolled joint, already lit.

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                                                                                                                            sunshine842 Oct 31, 2011 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                            now if you could just get the Anaheim neighbor to live about 4 doors further down the street from the Berkeley neighbor, you'd be on to something...

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                                                                                                                              hyde Jul 3, 2012 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                              cool. me too! a big bud of panama red. we rolled it up and smoked it before 5:30 Mass on the following saturday.

                                                                                                                              ah, the 70's

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                                                                                                                              will47 Oct 31, 2011 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                              My folks used to give out homemade popcorn (just with oil and salt), packed in plastic sandwich bags. I'm sure that a lot of parents made their kids throw it away, but I always liked it more than candy.

                                                                                                                              I think I've gotten (homemade) popcorn balls once or twice as a kid.

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                                                                                                                                ratgirlagogo Oct 31, 2011 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                Los Angeles suburbs, 1960's. The two houses that gave out homemade spiced cider, one hot, one cold. It was fantastic to get something to drink when we spent hours running around and wandered for miles. Second best was the house that gave out homemade pumpkin cake.

                                                                                                                                There was a constant rumor that a retired baseball player in the neighborhood gave out silver dollars. Not true, but it didn't stop hundreds of kids from banging on the door on his darkened front porch every year and hoping. Poor guy.

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                                                                                                                                  AnneMarieDear Oct 31, 2011 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                  Full-sized boxes of Cracker Jack. Loved those silly prizes!

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                                                                                                                                    AmyH Jul 3, 2012 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                    Full-sized boxes of Cracker Jacks was my favorite thing to get when I was a kid, too! There was a rumor that the man who lived in the house worked for the Cracker Jack company, but I don't know if that was true. There was also a house that would grill hotdogs and you could just stand there and eat one. That was a really nice break from all the walking.

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                                                                                                                                      lusfolgena Nov 5, 2012 04:26 AM

                                                                                                                                      One neighbor lady on our street dressed up as a witch and had a cauldron on her lawn filled with fresh lemonade! She cackled and handed out cups. It was great!

                                                                                                                                  2. amyzan Oct 31, 2011 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                    We loved getting full size candy bars, but my favorite was the lady who made popcorn balls with caramel and M&Ms. I don't know how she kept the M&Ms from melting, but I love caramel corn, so that house was my favorite.

                                                                                                                                    1. GraceW Oct 31, 2011 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                      One time we received a chocolate called an "Ice Cube" IT WAS SOOOOO GOOD. I never saw it again. Although I looked it up online, and you can still order it.

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                                                                                                                                        aurora50 Oct 31, 2011 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                        Oh yeah, Ice Cubes!!! MMMMMM.
                                                                                                                                        We used to get them at one of the restaurants we used to go to when we were young, they would be at the front counter as you paid.
                                                                                                                                        They're smooth, creamy and milky, almost/kind of like a truffle. But without the cost.
                                                                                                                                        Glad to know you can still get them online!

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                                                                                                                                          coll Nov 1, 2011 01:46 AM

                                                                                                                                          Oh that was my favorite candy for a long time, when I was a kid. Wonder if it would still taste the same now to me? I also liked white chocolate back then, I think it almost leaned that way.

                                                                                                                                          The big thing was most candy then was 5 cents, but Ice Cubes were only 2 cents. I remember that box, always by the cash register, the original impulse item.

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                                                                                                                                          JudiAU Nov 1, 2011 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                          I wasn't allowed to TOT as a child (insert lame bibical nonesense) so I have a certain amount of pent up need surrounding the holiday. But my kids are small and I won't let them eat junk.

                                                                                                                                          So...we handed mostly bags of Snyders prezels with some super tiny gummy candies and organic lolipops thrown in. And wouldn't you know it, the prezels were a HUGE hit. I got a lot of great comments and only one skeptic who picked them up, put them back, and choose again.

                                                                                                                                          I left out a big bucket of prezels and most of my kid's candy and in the morning lots of candy left and no prezels.

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                                                                                                                                            mpjmph Nov 1, 2011 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                            I was a very serious T-o-T'er, and still have a huge sweet tooth. The occasional savory treat is good - it helps cleanse the palate when sugar overload leaves things tasting bland.

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                                                                                                                                              pine time Jul 3, 2012 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                              Bought a giant pumpkin shaped box full of individually packaged pretzels last year, and the kids chose that over the candy at least 2:1.

                                                                                                                                          2. FoodFuser Nov 3, 2011 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                            Best gift on Halloween?

                                                                                                                                            As a parent, must say
                                                                                                                                            it is smiles of excitement
                                                                                                                                            on the faces of children
                                                                                                                                            as they race door to door.

                                                                                                                                            1. coll Nov 3, 2011 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                              One of my friends got really weirded out the other day. When she went through her 4 year old son's bag, she found a pair of "Love Cuffs" (you know, satin covered handcuffs) still in their package from CVS, and is freaking out who gave them to him. I told her, her husband just became a cop so maybe they thought it would be funny, but I don't think she'll ever be the same again!

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                                                                                                                                                jvanderh Nov 3, 2011 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                I'd be freaking out too, and checking the sex offender registry for my neighborhood. Hopefully if it was a joke, the person tells them so they stop worrying.

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                                                                                                                                                jmorri26 Nov 3, 2011 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                My most memorable was an old man in our neighborhood who worked for Barq's root beer. Every year he gave each kid a can of root beer, a small bag of Zapp's potato chips with halloween decorations on them and as many sheets of these amazing temporary Barq's tattoos as he could stuff in your bag! We looked forward to his house every year and those tattoos stayed on so long, it would be Christmas and my mom would still be finding lips and spiders all over my brother!

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                                                                                                                                                  MattInNJ Nov 9, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                  A beer!
                                                                                                                                                  I think we were in 7th grade.
                                                                                                                                                  Me and the girl I was with split it lol

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                                                                                                                                                    gator28 Oct 31, 2012 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                    That's hilarious!

                                                                                                                                                  2. mamachef Nov 10, 2011 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Actually, ipse, it was a walnut. I thought I was "suprise" trick-or-treating my boyfriend, and when he handed me the walnut I thought, "well, the trick's on me then." Turns out it WAS on me: he'd split it and hollowed it, filled it with my engagement ring, and glued it back together. :) Next best was our neighborhood when the kids were little and all the adults went trick-or-drinking and we all tried to outdo each other with Halloween-y drinks.

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                                                                                                                                                      silvergirl Nov 10, 2011 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I always went to my grandparents first so they could see me in my costume. One year my grandfather made me a papier mâché rock filled with candy bars. Like Charlie Brown, I got a rock.

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                                                                                                                                                        mamachef Nov 10, 2011 11:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I like your Grandpa's style, silvergirl. :)

                                                                                                                                                      2. Bacardi1 Jul 2, 2012 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Homemade treats - popcorn balls, candy apples, etc., etc.

                                                                                                                                                        Of course this was before psychotics started sticking razor blades in apples & handing out aspirin & other pill along with lookalike candies.

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                                                                                                                                                          jmcarthur8 Jul 3, 2012 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                          The popcorn balls always confused me as a little kid. I couldn't imagine how they got the popcorn stuck together, so I was afraid to eat them.

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                                                                                                                                                          Another great post by ipsedixit, which I only discovered now for some reason.

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                                                                                                                                                            DougRisk Jul 3, 2012 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                            This has already been mentioned, but, King Sized Snickers. My friend s and I were so impressed that my mother had us get the address and we wrote her (the lady who gave them to us) an thank you card.

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                                                                                                                                                            One neighbor of ours would have a whole setup at her place. You would ring the (front) door bell and the garage door would start to open. You would then start walking towards the opening garage door and smoke would be coming out.

                                                                                                                                                            Inside the garage amongst the dangling (fake) spiders would be a witch and her henchman. She would be stewing an enormous cauldron. Inside the cauldron would be tons and tons of candy. (She would also have some fake eyeballs and toads in the cauldron as well).

                                                                                                                                                            It was impressive.

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                                                                                                                                                              mpjmph Jul 3, 2012 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                              We lived in a neighborhood with very few tick or treaters when I was a teenager, and my parents lived there for another 10 years after I moved out. Only the kids from the surrounding few blocks came by, so my parent knew exactly how many to expect, and eventually learned each kids favorite candy. They would buy a king size bar for each kid in his/her favorite flavor, plus a couple of extras just in case. They also would carve up to a dozen pumpkins, with a different theme each year, and always dressed up to hand out candy. Yeah... We're big on Halloween in my family.

                                                                                                                                                              No the 'rents live in a new neighborhood (new town, new state...) with more active trick or treating. The neighborhood holds a block party on Halloween, and everyone dresses up. Kids get to roam somewhat freely to trick or treat.

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                                                                                                                                                                DougRisk Jul 3, 2012 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Halloween Block parties can be a lot of fun. The one problem, in my experience, is that few people will make anything that does NOT have sugar in it and it can be difficult to get any sustenance. (Personally, I find the frozen hockey puck hamburgers and stale bunned hot dogs to be really disappointing...but they can hold you over)

                                                                                                                                                            2. Disneyfreak Jul 3, 2012 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Growing up I had a neighbor who worked for Scholastic books. Every year for Halloween he would have tables covered in paperback books. You were allowed to take a few. I loved to read so it was my favorite house. One year I changed costumes so I could go there twice.

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                                                                                                                                                                HillJ Jul 3, 2012 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                One year my younger brother tried the costume change thinking he was fooling our neighbors but they recognized the kid who showed up with a pillow case for a Halloween sack pretty quickly-LOL.

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                                                                                                                                                                  lusfolgena Nov 5, 2012 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  This reminded me of a neighbor who worked for a company that made small electronics-I remember him giving out transistor radios once for Halloween!

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                                                                                                                                                                  browndogs2 Jul 3, 2012 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  This wouldn't be my answer now as an adult, but when I was a kid, pixie sticks were my favorite to receive. I also had an affinity for Fun Dip! Artificially colored & flavored sugar. Nothing seemed better at the time. This was the 70s, so I also liked candy cigarettes. The white ones with the fake red tip. Although those weren't given away at Halloween, thankfully. Some older neighbors gave away oranges, apples, or pennies. Those were the worst to receive from my kid perspective.

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                                                                                                                                                                    jvanderh Oct 31, 2012 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Nothing seemed better in the early 90's either :-)

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Foodandwine Jul 3, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    $5 from my neighbor when I was 10 years old.. really..

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Bill Hunt Jul 3, 2012 09:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Crisp US $ 1.00 bills, but that WAS back in the very earls 60's, so they actually had some worth back then.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Florida Hound Oct 31, 2012 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Several people responded here with comments about households who gave out dimes or other quantities of money for the Trick or Treaters themselves. Does anyone else remember taking a small milk carton around... We would wrap it in an orange label and "Trick or Treat for UNICEF," collecting those pennies and dimes for charity. I don't think we were any more honest angels than any other generation, but I do think most of the contributions did end up back at school and eventually at UNICEF.
                                                                                                                                                                        Otherwise, the best thing I remember was a Trick or Treat bag that got so full and so heavy I could hardly carry it, and I would get home and pour hundreds of candy bars and Dum Dums and lollypops and those classic orange wax harmonicas and all of it onto the dining room table or across the living room carpet and just be in awe of the haul.

                                                                                                                                                                        So we had crass selfishness working alongside of generosity for the children of the world, or something like that

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                                                                                                                                                                          meatn3 Nov 1, 2012 12:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          We collected for UNICEF too. We usually did the collection earlier than the trick or treating. Our neighborhood had 100's of kids* out and just handing out candy was a job. If we did the charity collection earlier we got much more in contributions.

                                                                                                                                                                          *One year as a teen I handed out the candy - 1 piece per child. We went through over 500 pieces!
                                                                                                                                                                          30+ years later and I have had perhaps 5 trick or treaters in the last 7 years.Times have changed.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Joyfull Nov 1, 2012 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Licorice pipes, & the best homemade molasses candy ever, from the scary old lady who was always outside swaying & waving her arms at the sky & trees!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. mamachef Nov 2, 2012 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Our best neighbor lady used to buy us KING SIZED Hershey bars. Bearing in mind, there were only like 6 kids of trick-or-treating age in our nabe.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. TroyTempest Nov 2, 2012 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              My favorite of the mainstream candies are Heath Bars. I make it a point to check if my kids bring any home now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                mamachef Nov 2, 2012 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                LOL. And I'm sure if they do, they appear totally unsafe for consumption by anybody under 18.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kubasd Nov 3, 2012 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  If they're in the mix I purchase to hand out, I always pick through and remove them.... that toffee is bad for kids' teeth, dontcha know?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    mamachef Nov 3, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, yes indeed, kubasd! I can't tell you how carefully I picked over my kids' candy for that very reason. I always left them the pennies though, even though they complained that it hurt to chew them. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  jeanmarieok Nov 2, 2012 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I nicked a bunch of the Heath Bars out of the candy we were handing out. They were so good!

                                                                                                                                                                                3. biondanonima Nov 2, 2012 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  When we were kids, we loved getting coupon books from McDonald's - the coupons were all for ice cream or pies or other things our parents wouldn't let us order. Also, we rarely ate at McDonald's (pretty much only on road trips) so a book of 5 coupons would last most of the year.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    eel Nov 2, 2012 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    A full-sized Cadbury fruit & nut bar. I think that was the begining of my love for hazelnuts!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      carolinevalentine Nov 3, 2012 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Late 70's in southern California, you could take your Halloween candy to the hospital to get it x- rayed for needles and razor blades. I thought angel dust was some kind of sparkly candy powder that they always talked about on tv news. I'm a little embarrassed to say, but my favorite houses at the time were the ones that gave out coupons for McDonald's french fries. I also liked pop rocks. There was a certain element of danger to them because teenagers said swallowing them would kill you if you drank them with a coke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        ratgirlagogo Nov 4, 2012 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Gasp! Why EVERYONE knows if you eat pop rocks and a coke together your stomach will explode!
                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakis...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          sunshine842 Nov 5, 2012 12:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          but at that time, we believed bubble gum was made with spider eggs, too.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                        lusfolgena Nov 5, 2012 04:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Neighbor lady made popcorn balls wrapped in wax paper back in the days when no one really worried about the safety of homemade treats in your own neighborhood. Fresh and caramelly and better than any wrapped candy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          JudiAU Nov 5, 2012 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sigh. Not allowed to TOT as a child.

                                                                                                                                                                                          We give out play dough, bags of preztels, and some tiny organic lollipops. The play dough FLIES out of the bowl every year. Next goes the pretzels and the lollipops always go last.

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