Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat 2012

What are you giving out to Trick or Treaters this year?

Halloween 2012

The kids in my neighborhood seem to like Airheads, so this will be the third year I’m giving those out. As a change this year I’m also giving out Unreal Candy, since it’s sustainably sourced and has no artificial ingredients. I have their peanut nougat bars and the peanut butter cups. We’ll see how that goes over. Judging by the density of Priuses on my block, it should be well received. In all, I have over 80 pieces of candy for what I expect will be about 35 kids ... so maybe I need a little more.

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  1. I’m in Pennsylvania and schools were closed yesterday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, but we just got rain (which we had been getting for the last week anyway).  They did reschedule trick or treating in some parts of the area to Saturday, but in my city it’s still tonight.  I don’t even bother buying candy for it because no one ever comes to my door.  I’ll be buying clearance candy later this week though!

    Comment by Mary on 10/31/12 at 9:34 am #
  2. I don’t get trick or treaters, but I do send candy to the little kids I know.  I thought it was fun that we picked some of the same candy.  I sent out unreal peanut butter cups and unreal peanut caramel nougat bars and pop rocks and the kids loved them!

    Comment by Laura on 10/31/12 at 11:08 am #
  3. I’m in Ohio so trick or treat isn’t cancelled, but it’s supposed to be rainy tonight so I bet it won’t be popular. Either way, we haven’t had trick or treaters at our house the past few years so tonight we’re having dinner at a friend’s house, and brought some treats in case she gets some kids. I have plastic fangs with liquid candy blood, some little treat bags with hard eyeball candy and stickers, and a bunch of bags of mini pop-tarts.

    Comment by Kelly on 10/31/12 at 2:08 pm #
  4. Hmmm. Slightly over twice as much candy on hand as expected for Hallowe’en delivery. That’s a good rule.

    (I have no idea whatsoever how many kids are going to show up here, at my niece’s apt. complex. In my defense, I have no idea how many kids live here.)

    Comment by Russ on 10/31/12 at 4:13 pm #
  5. At our house, we typically get 100+ trick or treaters.  We give out full size bars (Typically Hershey, Reese’ Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats, Butterfingers and Snickers.)  This year we threw in some full size skittles and starburst.  For the little (itty bitty kids) we also offer fruit snacks and granola bars (chewy and hard) if the parents are so inclined for that.

    Comment by Julie S on 10/31/12 at 5:31 pm #
  6. I went first-class this year. Individually-wrapped bite-sized pieces of Oialla (a 70% cocoa grown in Bolivia) that I picked up at the Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle last month. I was worried about the kids’ reactions to this because it’s “adult candy” but I felt so much better when 2 different packs of trick or treaters came back for seconds!

    I guess kids today like it real.

    Comment by Ron P. on 11/01/12 at 7:13 am #
  7. I’m so disappointed about this Halloween, where I’m from we looked forward to trick or treating.  So i see here in smyrna ga people aren’t as into halloween. I felt terrible that my 3 year old only knocked on 6 or 7 doors for candy.  In my apt complex,  you can only knock on the door that has a particular sign which only consisted of the ones we went to.  I didn’t even see any other trick or treaters.  From Edison, nj btw. But luckily i bought a few bags so i let her knock on my door and had my little cousin put candy in her little bucket.

    Comment by Sherrie on 11/01/12 at 7:40 pm #
  8. Another year, another great Halloween for us in my Southern California neighborhood. Two hundred and forty-nine Trick or Treaters and only one Mounds bar handed out for poor behavior.

    Loving this guide to candy trading:;_uri=/watch?v=wGdYhmFH-DQ.

    Comment by Elizabeth on 11/01/12 at 10:44 pm #
  9. Our Halloween was postponed.  I wanted to give ethical candy this year so I bought a big thing of Yummy Earth lollipops.  I could not stand the idea of giving candy that potentially had come from child labor.  A huge plus also being that I hate lollipops so even being trapped in the house for days, those were safe.  We might give unreal candy next year too since my husband was sad that there was no chocolate.

    Comment by Celeste Fland on 11/02/12 at 1:51 pm #
  10. We have about 30 trick or treaters, usually.  The rest of our neighborhood has more, but we live at the bottom of a hill and most won’t take the little ones down, only having to walk right back up again.

    So we get a lot of middle schoolers and teens.  We always give out full-size bars, but I had trouble finding them this year (maybe it’s something that Costco or Sam’s have, but I’m not a member, and I don’t go to Walmart).  So it was packs of Oreos and Nutter Butter.  I feel I’m letting the candy community down ...

    [I have tried the unreal peanut butter cups and peanut “m&mms;” - love the cups, thought the other was only ok]

    Comment by theatrenut on 11/05/12 at 8:15 am #
  11. I actually live on a pretty high volume corner in my city, but we don’t get a lot of kids because we are an apartment building.  Last year I sat out on the stoop but a lot of kids just didn’t approach.  This year I had to work a special event on Halloween and was totally bummed.  I didn’t have to user Trick or Treaters as an excuse to buy candy for myself, though!

    Comment by The Barn Cat on 11/05/12 at 11:34 am #
  12. I didn’t buy any candy for trick or treaters since I did not think that I would get any, and I didn’t. I did have some full size bars that I bought for myself, but I would have given them away if anyone had shown up. I would have felt bad if someone had shown up and I had nothing to give them.

    Comment by Meghan on 11/07/12 at 10:08 am #
  13. In Bellows Falls, there were a LOT of kids trick or treating, and a lot of people giving out candy. Some people gave GREAT candy while other people handed out old Easter candy, or expired stuff. I think the people who gave out crap didn’t think there would be any trick or treaters, didn’t bother buying anything fresh or decent and got surprised when kids came to their door. Or they were just being cheap.

    Comment by Sara Em on 11/12/12 at 2:03 am #
  14. Where I am we had Trick or Treating 3 days before Halloween. People didn’t get off work to take their kids trick or treating then, but were off on Halloween. We bought a lot of candy and only had a hand full of kids come to the door. We have been snaking on candy since Halloween and still have over half of it left.

    Comment by Amanda on 11/25/12 at 9:00 pm #
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