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A quick search didn't turn up a dedicated forum for Halloween "treats," so I thought I'd start one. Mods, if a forum indeed exists, please feel free to merge.

 

I like this quote from a NY Times article about trick-or-treating in NYC:

 

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After we had stopped at every floor — and in the lobby, where the doormen would throw in a mini Snickers — we would spill all the candy out and make a pile on the dining room table, assessing the haul and criticizing the offerings.

 

Chocolate bars and peanut butter cups were highly prized and there was some cajoling, on the parental level, for my brother and sister and me to share.

 

Candy corn was O.K. Fine.

 

Hard candy? Give it to dad.

 

Raisins? Raisins?

 

Raisins ranked so low, they incited rage. Who wants raisins?

 

We tend to rotate our bribe, er, treat, between mini Kit Kats, bite-size Hershey's chocolates, and Tootsie Roll Pops. This year, it's the latter. I'll sometimes make cookies or brownies for the parents. The weather is so crummy* today, though, I suspect that most of the pops will grace Ms. Alex's classes on Monday, and that the two of us will somehow have to manage to eat the cookies. (*The forecast for 6 p.m. is for light snow, 35°F, and 17 mph gusting wind.)

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I remember as a kid being invited in out of the cold and offered cider and homemade treats after we introduced ourselves to our hosts and told them about our costumes and who we were dressed as.  Sweet. 

 

I don't get too many kids here.  I buy the treat-sized bags of chips, Fritos, Doritos, pretzels.  The kids seem to like picking out their choice of snack.  

 

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I was the kid who liked those little red boxes of raisins, and took one in my lunch most days. I could always swing a deal to get all of my sister's raisins for cheap. :)

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44 minutes ago, blue_dolphin said:

I remember as a kid being invited in out of the cold and offered cider and homemade treats after we introduced ourselves to our hosts and told them about our costumes and who we were dressed as.  Sweet. 

 

I don't get too many kids here.  I buy the treat-sized bags of chips, Fritos, Doritos, pretzels.  The kids seem to like picking out their choice of snack.  

 

 

Ditto re picking out their favorite Tootsie Roll Pop flavor(s). We're usually left with a bunch of orange ones, but that's OK.

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When i was younger - there was a kid that came to our house late - probably the last tricker-or-treater ... I think he did this by design 😁 ...  he was dressed as clown and his pants were tied at the ankles - you guessed it - his pants were his his trick-or-treat bag (he did appear to be wearing long johns) and they were nearly full of candy! We gave him the rest of our Candy and still laugh about it today. 😁

 

We didn’t trick-or-treat much - once or twice, I think? When we did - my sister and I had to split our candy  - even even for both of us. She took all the ‘good candy’ and left me with the rest (she was older and meaner) - On the plus side, it left me with a love of hard candy as an adult. 

 

These days - I am not much for Halloween - I leave a very large bowl of candy out front with a sign and lighted Halloween balloon - kids are weirdly honest about how much they take ... this year, I told my neighbor to send over her son around 9 or 930 and he could have all our leftovers (I buy Snickers, Reese’s Cups, Peanut M&Ms , and Pay Day) ... the neighborhood usually does a trunk or treat or something like that but not this year (the woman who organizes has family obligations) and i don’t participate- it’s why i put candy out. 

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13 minutes ago, Alex said:

 

Ditto re picking out their favorite Tootsie Roll Pop flavor(s). We're usually left with a bunch of orange ones, but that's OK.

 

What?!?! Orange is the best flavor! 😲

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It's raining, cold, and windy here today. They have moved Halloween to  Saturday. Between 3 and 5 pm. 

 

I liked about all the candy we got including the candy corn. Stuff I did not like were the circus peanuts (were these the forerunners of peeps?) colored popcorn balls, and those caramel things wrapped in orange and black waxed paper. 

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5 minutes ago, CatIsHungry said:

These days - I am not much for Halloween - I leave a very large bowl of candy out front with a sign and lighted Halloween balloon - kids are weirdly honest about how much they take

 

I think we did that one year when we weren't home, but Ms. Alex loves to see the kids in their costumes. I do, too, but I'm not as into it as she is.

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I love it. but where I am now no kids do it. Properties too far apart.  The mall does it. My avatar dog lived for Halloween. We would take a chair and table to the sidewalk (house was set far back) and the kids would go crazy. I usually put a glow-stick necklace on him.  I just let them grab what they wanted. Most were imports from areas that were more poor and did not do halloween. 

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I miss the days when you could hand out homemade treats. Mama always made popcorn balls. People came out from town (we lived out in the country) for those popcorn balls. My job was to wrap them in Saran Wrap and tie an orange and black ribbon around them.

 

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6 minutes ago, kayb said:

I miss the days when you could hand out homemade treats. Mama always made popcorn balls. People came out from town (we lived out in the country) for those popcorn balls. My job was to wrap them in Saran Wrap and tie an orange and black ribbon around them.

 

That was my favorite treat at Halloween.  I was lucky if I even got one of them.

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6 minutes ago, kayb said:

I miss the days when you could hand out homemade treats. Mama always made popcorn balls. People came out from town (we lived out in the country) for those popcorn balls. My job was to wrap them in Saran Wrap and tie an orange and black ribbon around them.

 

 

Oh! we had a lady on the corner who did those. You had to greet and explain your costume  first - a once a year treat!

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43 minutes ago, kayb said:

I miss the days when you could hand out homemade treats. Mama always made popcorn balls. People came out from town (we lived out in the country) for those popcorn balls. My job was to wrap them in Saran Wrap and tie an orange and black ribbon around them.

 

 

My mom made those, too. Though there was no Saran Wrap then, so they got wrapped in wax paper. :)

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2 hours ago, ElsieD said:

 

I loved those.  What I didn't like getting were apples.

 

Yeah.  Who wants an apple when they're already forced on you by your Mom?

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My house is set pretty far back from the street, so I buy full size bars for those willing to make the trek up the driveway.  This year, I have M+Ms, (plain and peanut), Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Hershey bars, Reese's Cups, Milk Duds, Swedish Fish, and Snickers.  I think most of the kids in my neighborhood are aging out of trick or treating though.  I have not gotten anyone yet, and they usually all come here since they know I give out the big bars.  It's raining and windy which I am sure is impacting things.  Lights are going out at 8PM sharp--I am already hungry for dinner!

 

My nephew at college is hoping that nobody shows up so that I mail him all of the candy tomorrow 🤣

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6 hours ago, chileheadmike said:

They have moved Halloween to  Saturday. Between 3 and 5 pm. 

I'm sorry, and no offense meant towards you, but I find that ridiculous.  I lived way up in the mountains during my trick or treat years.  Never once could anyone see my costume due to the heavy coat, gloves and moon boots.  Suck it up, kids and parents.  Stay home if you can't take it lol.

 

And, I was just telling Ronnie, there was one stop that they always had homemade popcorn balls.  SO good.  Also, homemade caramel apples---none of the nonsense like nuts or frosting--perfect caramel apples.

 

The good 'ole days.

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