I forgot about tricky treaters a few years ago and didn’t do my usual “turn off the lights and pretended nobody’s home” bit. The first batch of kiddies got cans of soup, and corn. Only thing I had in the house at the time.
@Hiz I didn’t know what a “Chick tract” was, but when I Googled it, I recognized it immediately. I remember receiving those occasionally as a child, but I can’t say I recall my kids ever getting one of them.
@Hiz@moonhat Yeah, those are indeed comics, and are of an evangelical nature.
While the topics ran a gamut (often odd) of Christian theology (e.g. some were emphatically anti-Catholic), one special note of weirdness is that some of them specifically contained anti-Halloween messages. So the yet the person giving them out was participating in the Halloween ritual of trick-or-treating to disseminate information espousing the evils of Halloween.
ANYTHING AT ALL!!! YOU DON’T WANT TO TEACH KIDS THAT THEY CAN SIMPLY PUT OUT THEIR HAND AND DEMAND THINGS!!! UNLESS THEY ARE WILLING TO DOUBLE-DOWN ON THE “TRICK” THREAT!!! NOW IF TRICK-OR-TREATING ACCOMPANIED THE PURGE, I WOULD BE FULL ON-BOARD!!! !!!
For >10 years we lived in a neighborhood where if we gave out 2 full bags, that was a big year (we love Halloween so was sad). We moved last year so I got 6 bags for overkill since we didn’t know the neighborhood. They were gone by 6:30 so my husband handed out granola bars while I ran to the store for more bags. We had a Sam’s Club box of 96 granola bars and he ran out before I got home so told kids to circle back (he REALLY loves Halloween and didn’t want anyone to miss that 64th piece of candy).
I almost chose loose soup until I read the Spirit Airlines points. I have one of those long stories about how terrible Spirit Airlines is which no one will read. After weeks of fighting with them the best they can offer me was a $300 voucher which I wouldn’t accept.
A wet dill pickle. Someone put one in my PAPER Halloween bag. I left a trail of candy. Luckily the pervert did not follow the trail of candy to my house. Even at the tender age of 9 or 10 I would have killed.
I would argue that (almost) no candy was bad, because essentially any candy had some trade value.
I see a whole lot of hate for the Necco peanut butter kisses, but I would happily swap any of the following for a peanut butter kiss:
Wax soda bottle
I’ve lived here for 13+ years, and have never had even a single trick-or-treater, to the point where I don’t ever even bother buying candy anymore.
If I did get one, I imagine that I’d probably have to resort to giving out some random meh crap like neoprene covers, butterfly temporary tattoos, or an old air fryer with the cable cut. And if I get really desperate, there’s always the speaker docks.