October 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
When Halloween rolls around, you don’t want to be the “bad house” on the block. Continue Reading
Tags: candy, family, Food, halloween, Life, moms 53 Comments »
Hey now.. all 4 of my kids like the blue raspberry flavored suckers & jolly ranchers.. green apple seems to be #1 but blue raspberry is right there in the running.
Kids love the sour stuff too!
Just say no to the (teeth breaking) jaw breakers! I go through my kids bags and pitch those.
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I filter my kids’ loot for jawbreakers, too. But I keep em for myself.
I think the people who give them out must not like children too well.
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When I was a kid, Snickers and Reeces peanut butter cups were worth more than their weight in gold. You couldn’t trade a bucket full of 3 musketeers and nestle crunches for a handful of Snickers and Reeces. Although i would have traded them for a bucket full of Almond joys. The nice thing about being one of the few people that like coconut candies is that when someone leaves a box of chocolates in the break room at work by the time I get to it the only thing left is my favorite thing in the box, sweet sweet chocolate covered coconut mush.
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The only good candy is NO candy. Every year, I just turn the lights off and pretend I am not home. Eventually the kids get the point–no candy here! I think others should do the same. Has anyone see the kids today? They look like little butterball turkeys. Nope, I won’t contribute to the fattening of America. Who will join me?
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Let me guess, you were a fat little kid and your mom took away all your Halloween candy, so now you take it out on the trick or treaters?
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Michael, that is thoughtful. Since you actually are just concerned about the kids and don’t want to contribute to the calorie intake, have you ever considered handing out stickers or temporary tatoos? My kids even like getting pencils and packs of hot cocoa. lol
Halloween is really more to the little kids than just getting candy. My kids love dressing up (they start talking and planning for it over a month before) and they like getting spooked as they walk from house to house. They really like it when the people handing out the candy are dressed up.
So see Michael, if everyone thought like you and just had lights off… these kids would never get to experience this fun spooky night.
Thanks to everyone who makes this day fun for the kids!
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I look at this way, if the little beggers don’t like the candy I give out then they are wecome to go somewhere else. I myself like tootsie rolls and carmal candies, the more you have to chew them and the more they fight back by trying to pull on your teeth make it more fun to chew.
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Wrong J.K. Halloween is for kids to go out and bring home treats for the big kids AKA mom and dad. And besides I like Almond Joys and Mounds bars, so load them up, snicker, snicker.
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almond joy and mounds should be on the no-no list too … I don’t know any little kids that like those candy bars … and really, Halloween is for the little children.
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I’ve always hated those horrible peanut butter chews in the orange and black wrappers. I don’t like peanut butter much to begin with, but those things are absolutely horrible. Horrible. Yuck.
That said, I’ve always loved blue raspberry stuff. The best part is how it turns your tongue bright, unnatural blue.
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I’m shocked that you didn’t list Peanut butter Cups too! THOSE were the super sought after candy when I was growing up, right after snickers and reese’s pieces!
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers are the top of the heap for me.
My 12 year old doesn’t eat candy, so he has no interest in doing the trick-or-treating thing.
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@default Now that’s just sad.
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He must get it from his dad. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth either anymore. I did enjoy having him dress up in his costume and go trick-or-treating though. As my youngest, it’s sad that this period of my kids’ lives is over. I still have 3 stepsons who trick-or-treat, so I can hang onto that for a couple more years.
To get back to the story, I didn’t like getting suckers, raisins or change!
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Ice Cube chocolates? In all of the years I Trick-Or-Treated, I don’t think I ever received an Ice Cube chocolate! That being said, I wish I had, because I LOVE those things!
For me, the most coveted Trick-Or-Treat candies were Snickers, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Kit-Kats.
I remember my best friend’s neighbor giving us saltine crackers with marshmallows melted/toasted on top of them? Err….it’s the thought that counts, right?
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Did anybody else’s mom make them carry around a UNICEF collection box in the 80s to collect change?? I’m scarred!
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Worst? Most likely that dayglo orange candy corn.
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If I buy Kit Kats and Twix I sit there an eat them so I always hand out candy I don’t like. So if you are looking for Butter Fingers and Baby Ruth’s, YUCK!, come down my block.
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Aw, man! Baby Ruths and Butterfingers were our favorites! Of course, there wasn’t all that much variety back then. Hershey bars, Zagnuts, and the occasional Seven-Up bar were the things we got. And since there weren’t any of these ‘mini-bars’ then, we got the nickle bars, the ones that were larger than the ones you pay nearly a buck for these days.
Homemade popcorn balls, cookies and bars wrapped in waxed paper..
Of course, the apples never went over all that well.
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Kari Lucin is absolutely right. By far – the worst Halloween candy ever is the peanut butter flavored toffee in the orange and black wrappers. My question is – where are people getting these things? You go through Target, Wal-mart or any of the grocery stores and it’s just the standards on display. Yet – somehow – people are finding these putrid things.
I remember when I used to go trick-or-treating forever ago, it was a week or two later that all I had remaining in my treat bag were a couple dozen of these things. And every year I’d do the same thing. Out of candy – and desperate – I’d dig one of these things out of my bag to try and like them. And the thing is I do like peanut butter – but I’d rather eat a few spoonfuls than have one of these things.
Best candy – anything in regular size. If you run the numbers, the bite-size candies really aren’t that much better of a deal. Why not give out a full size candy bar and see kids eyes light up?
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We just left them in the bucket until there was nothing left. When it became clear that no one was going to eat them (not even my dad, who can usually be relied upon in these matters), we threw them away.
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This is a very strange custom to send young children to beg. Could not this harm the children?
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It can be dangerous. Sometimes people are mean so children usually go only to the homes of people they know!
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Begging is a very different action. This bears no resemblance to begging, as it is a tradition, not an act of desperation. Begging is, by definition, an act of desperation. Trick-or-treating is a social event that both the costumed youngers and the adults handing out candy equally participate in.
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It probably does seem strange to someone who’s never done it as a child. Or has never encountered it.
But, it’s a wonderful experience for kids, (and some adults), to be able to put on a costume, be someone or something else, and go out in the dark, brave the ‘scarey’ moments, and be rewarded with a treat.
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Not any worse than camel dung wrapped in a shiny wrapper as back at your home country.
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Maybe I’m a weirdo, but I like most of the candy listed in the “bad” candy category. Of course, the first choice is anything chocolate. Worst choice is the crappy gum and bible tracts.
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Oh, come on, Rambo. There certainly must be some Halloween memories you’d like to share?
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My best Halloween memories are taking my kids Trick or Treating.
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IMO blue raspberry is the best artificial flavor ever!
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Kind of off topic but whats with the darn teenage kids with no costumes on trick or treating! I refuse to give them candy. If they were to put a costume on and go, fine, candy galore, but not without one. Does this bother the heck out of anybody else?
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It’s pretty much made of lame, yes. At least put a mask on this year, folks!
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I’m usually out of candy by the time the stoned slackers show up.
I can just hear them now…”Hey its Halloween, lets go get some munchies!”
Andy, which is why I stopped handing out candy. Most of the teenagers that came to the door were not in costume and most every Halloween, we found our pumpkins smashed and one year, someone stole the lights off the railing. That was the straw that broke the camels back.
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Reeses and good, old-fashioned Hershey bars…yum!
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What about skittles and starbursts?? Those are my favorite. Also Sweetarts makes an awesome “fun size” bag mix, but when I buy those I tend to eat them all before my trick or treaters arrive.
Do people still give out apples anymore?
In Canada, kids holler out “Halloween Apples” when they go door to door. Today, kids in the States often don’t bother with the old “Trick or Treat.”
However, I do enjoy Halloween as a time to see the neighborhood kids all costumed up, and we get a minute or so to chat with the children and parents while we admire the costumes. It’s one of those small things that brings a neighborhood together. It’s fun, it’s scary in the dark, and there are calories involved. Works for me…
It’s also my wedding anniversary. No jokes, please, we’ve heard ‘em all……
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Kevin, I don’t give out or accept anything that isn’t wrapped unless we know the people personally.
Isn’t that sad? I used to love to bake chocolate chip cookies or make carmeled apples or popcorn balls to hand out, but home made treats are now considered unacceptable. My grandkids still get those, but it’s store-bought candy for the rest.
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How I used to love trading the sickeningly sweet milk-choclatey stuff like Snickers and Reese’s for taffy (banana laffy taffy or those peanut butter chews in the black or orange wax paper that everyone seems to hate) Rarely got my all-time fave: Bit O’ Honey I treat myself to it every Halloween when I’m buying my 10# each of Snickers and Reese’s for the masses. Majority rulz
I wouldn’t eat the Whoppers. Definitely wasn’t a fan of those!!
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Can I have yours? Love those Whoppers!
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That’s pretty obvious. You always have a whopper available for us.
Ooh, not nice: off to your room for at least 15 minutes. No whining.
Oh are the liberal boys there whining for another whopper? I’ll go up there and sit quietly for my 15 minutes and try resist the temptation to wup their scrawny Obama’s.
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Banana Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy!
I wonder if anyone remembers those wax lips and moustaches? Or are they still around?
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Banana Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy?
I’m gonna havta try hunt that up an try it!
Havn’t seen hide nor hair of the wax lips and moustaches, but my boy
just purchased some candy cigarettes @ the local cenex, so if they’re still selling THEM there’s gotta be hope for you getting your wax fix.
Don’t know about that one, but I have seen some of the old candy is back. Scored a box of Snaps in a grocery store a few weeks ago, and I’ve seen Chicken Dinner bars. The candy cigarettes surprised me when I saw them!
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Halloween was the best back in the late 80′s, I remember the Twix bars being a favorite. Same with the wax candy and gum with tattoos. I loved Cookie’s N Cream Twix bars. My mom would always buy them by a box. Now adays you don’t see Cookie’s N Cream anymore. Just 2 flavors, which are the original caramel and peanut butter. I wrote to the company a few years ago about making it a flavor again.. got a reply back to them a month later saying they will take a look into it. Well, still don’t see it on the shelf. Think it would be selling like crazy if it came back! lol
I also remember my mom giving out little bags of candy, with homemade cookies, candy apples, and popcorn balls! In the 90′s.. Hot Tomallies, Snickers, Butterfinger, Tootsie Rolls, suckers, jawbreakers, those marshmallow balls/pies, Cherry Twizzlers, and Laffy Taffy was a favorite back than as well. Now, Recess Peanut butter cups has become a phenomenon in today’s generation. Recess is among my favorite as it was back in the past too. I’m actually craving them now!
My least favorite candy would have been anything coconut flavor, or cherry licorice/Twizzlers. Felt sick eating those. Yuck. I don’t mind coconut in cookies, or bars now, but I still can’t stand it alone. I miss trick o’ treating.. was so much fun when you’re a kid!! No kid should miss out on it!
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Sixth grade was the last year my parents allowed me trick-or-treating (1976), too old for that afterwards I guess. The staples for me were the Snickers, Tootsie Rolls, the small boxes of dots and milk duds. For that last year I had a larger orange pumpkin bucket and me and my mom walked MILES and I filled that thing up to the point the black carrying strap on the pumpkin was about to stretch. Walked off a lot of calories that night but put on more than what I started with later that night! Thankfully, no rocks in my bucket either!
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