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Oct 8, 2013 12:48 PM

Halloween Candy

Do you give out candy for Halloween?
If so, do you buy big bars or minis?
Do you offer something non-food as an option?
Do you buy only things you don't like so you won't eat it all?
We seem to get more an more kids each year. Seems like mothers are driving kids to all the surrounding neighborhoods! We also buy treat bags and stuff them with 4 or 5 small pieces of candy so you just hand a treat bag to each kid rather than letting them rummage around for what they want. We also decorate the porch with jackolanterns, bats, cauldrons and witches!

I confess to eating too much candy but oh well. I love red licorice and dots. For chocolate, give me Twix, Kit Kat and Milky Way!

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  1. Not many kids make it out to my boat.

    When I lived in a house, the neighbors all got huge chocolate bars. The greedy brats trucked in from other neighborhoods got whatever was cheapest at Big Lots.

    The adults got their choice of a shot of rum or bourbon.

    1. I give out whatever is cheap at the local store. Two years ago I had a separate bowl of Serrano chiles for the adults, because the single plant I had in the yard gave me hundreds of chiles!

      I like IndianRiver's idea of shots...

      1. We give out full size bars. We don't get too many kids so it's not an issue. Anything we don't give out, we take to work and let our co-workers fight over them. About all I can add is every thing has to be packaged or the kids parents will just throw it out. Unfortunately, that's the way things are these days.

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        1. re: mike0989

          Very true! Even when I was a trick-or-treater many years ago, it had to be completely sealed and even then my parents would throw out anything potentially suspect. My dad is quite the OCD/anal-retentive military officer and I must admit that he even had my candy x-rayed one year as offered by a local hospital. I think it was really for his benefit as most of my candy ended up in his belly as I'm not a fan of most candy :)

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            I remember the days when hospitals offered to x-ray Halloween candy. I have since learned how many pieces of candy had needles inserted into them and were discovered by the x-ray machines, exactly zero. It was an urban legend.
            Many years ago be we had children my brother brought his two young boys over to knock on our door. I had taken two full sized Snickers bars and put a 6" nail through each of them. The kids were a little confused, but my brother got a good laugh.

            We don't get as many Trick or Treaters as we used to but we give out full sized candy bars to the neighborhood kids that we know and the minis, usually a couple each, to the kids we don't know. Last year, we varied things a bit by giving away small cans of Playdough to the young kids. I took an idea from my SIL who lived in a neighborhood with hundreds of kids coming to their door. She would get a bag of the red and white mints to give to the kids she thought were too old to be Trick or Treating.

            1. re: John E.

              Unfortunately it is not an urban legend. In 1974 a Houston area man gave his son a poison Pixy Styx laced with cyanide and killed him for the insurance money. I was in high school back then and still remember his name to this day, I went right to it on Yahoo. Around town he was known as the Candy Man killer and the Man Who Killed Halloween. It took years for trick or treating to come back.


              1. re: James Cristinian

                You are describing a local incident unrelated to the national scare over candy with pins and needles. The scare as I remembered it was about needles and pins in candy, thus the x-rays of candy. There was never an authenticated instance of this kind of sabotage.

                1. re: James Cristinian

                  That's a little different considering he did it to his own son for money.

                  I remember trick or treating with new friends in 7th grade. Afterward their father checked all of the candy, asking "who gave you this" and somehow they were able to remember exactly which snickers bar out of 7 were given by who. Smarties were tossed because "they put LSD in these." I do recall lots of foxnews at their house.

          2. Big bars cost around a dollar each. As we get several hundred trick or treaters, (I think some of the little buggers came back more than once) we'd have to win the lottery to afford them. Last year, I think we went through maybe ten bags of 100 or so pieces each. Our neighbor got tired and gave us a bag, too. The bags of the good stuff cost around fifteen dollars these days. Yep, we are the nuts with the semi-pro decorated yard, skellies and 'stones and music and spooky lights. We had to put up a fence topped with skulls, to prevent the kiddies (and the adults!) from swarming across our lawn like zombies--"caaannndy, caaannndy."

            1. Oh, I love the shots idea. We toyed with it a few years ago, but decided it might get us arrested. We have given out baby cookies and dog biscuits, for the infants and pups.

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              1. re: RosePearl

                This was a tradition on a Kaserne in West Germany. It consisted of an NCO Club, Bachelor officers Quarters, and 4 buildings with officers and NCOs. The NCO Club always had a great party.

                We hung 10 cl. wine tasting glasses from our necks using the holders on a string. BOQ had a station at each door with Jim Beam and Apfelkorn. Plus any weird liquor donated to the basement bar by folks leaving. This was the era when you could have 1 liter of beer with lunch. Legally.