Top 10 Worst Things to Give Trick-or-Treaters

I miss trick-or-treating. Don”t tell me you don”t. If so, then you hate all things good in the world. You hide in your house with the lights off as kids fashion their prized costumes anxiously awaiting a sweet treat. You people suck, and probably have no perspective on the meaning of “It”s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” You”re a Halloween scrooge. Poo poo on you.

For the rest of us, the Holiday is upon is. Get ready to scare the bajesis out of the kiddo”s, hoping to make one of them pee or crap their pants. Then, you win them back with a sweet treat and you”re suddenly known around the block for it. I”m hoping to scare some kids, and I”ll be honest—I”ve eyed up the candies that are anxiously awaiting Halloween in the house, and I”m psyched for left-overs.

Last year we brought you a list of the top 10 trick or treat candy fails, but the truth is, it actually gets a lot worse than Tootsie Rolls and Mounds (shudder!) Here are your top ten tricks that you shouldn”t be handing out this Halloween:

10. Pretzels

Yeah, I like my fair share of salty goodies—but not on Halloween. Just because the pretzels are shaped like bats and pumpkins doesn”t mean they are meant for Halloween. Especially not to give out. At a party? Sure. To give out at your doorstep? Hellz no.


9. Chips

Chips…Cheez-Its…doesn”t matter. Are they sweet? No. Do they leave a residue on your teeth that requires extra-long tooth brushing? No. So what”s the point? If kids want chips then they can go to the closet of their house. I”m willing to bet there isn”t a wide variety of candy to choose from. Only chips and cereal.


8. Peanuts

Yes, this actually happened to me. Need I say more?

7. Hard Candy

First off, these are the kinds of candies that were in my grandfather”s tin next to his chair along with Wurther”s and stale cookies. That is NOT what kids are expecting in their bags. Second, are YOU looking forward to leftovers after all the kids finish up? Or are you going to throw them all out too? Suck on that.


6. Gum

Not just any gum, but the rock hard, powder-coated bubble gum that lasts about 2 minutes. I”m sure all the kids are thinking “yum, that was worth the wait.” Or they are thinking, “what am I going to trade this for? Hard candy?” Anyone ever wonder why there is white powder covering the gum?


5. Mints

I don”t care what color or flavor the mints are – they shouldn”t be handed out on Halloween. Nobody”s excited about mints unless you are on your way out of a restaurant after an Italian meal. Do you ever have a craving for something sweet and think “I want a mint?”


4. Black Licorice

Unless you”re handing these out in a gated community for seniors (no offense), don”t bother. Gross.


3. Apples

Sure, apples are healthy. They are “nature”s candy.” But nobody wants a damn apple when they go trick-or-treating. They aren”t loaded with sugar, chocolate, or anything that sticks to your teeth. If it were a caramel apple lollipop, then that would be a different story.

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2. Dollar Bill

You know how people are afraid that someone stuck needles in your kid”s candy, maybe poisoned it? Well I”m willing to bet the odds that this dollar bill has been between a stripper”s boobs or in her g-string are higher than the odds that you kid”s candy has needles in them. Someone”s goobery hands have been all over this piece of paper. Don”t subject kids to these horrors at such a young age…on Halloween, mind you!

1. Spare Change

Everybody needs pennies, right? Um…wrong. I”d even take one of those chocolate pennies over any kind of spare change that some creep picked up off the floor of his car because he forgot that kids were going to be knocking on his door all night. Getting spare change on Halloween is almost as upsetting as shaking an Easter Egg hoping for bills and hearing the clinging of dimes and nickles.

If you have any of these in your Halloween arsenal—you still have time. Get out there and do your neighborhood kids good. There”s plenty of chocolate and fruity goodness filled with sugar for all to enjoy. This is NOT an excuse to hide in your house from small children.

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  • BS October 25, 2012  

    You aced this. Agree on all except for #2. In my neighborhood, if you heard someone was giving out dollar billz, that house would get MOBBED.

  • Katt Kasper October 25, 2012  

    Dollar bills? In my neighborhood we had people handing out packets of catsup and individual band-aids. Also received the occasional un-peeled carrot.

  • Emily October 25, 2012  

    I thought raisins were nature’s candy! (Either way, apples and raisins are both HORRIBLE Halloween choices.)

  • ML October 25, 2012  

    If anyone knows of a house giving out dollar bills, please email me the address.

  • mandie October 25, 2012  

    actual worst: the house in my neighborhood that didn’t celebrate Halloween but gave out Religious propaganda booklets instead (though I know ML would be into that)

  • BS October 25, 2012  

    Katt – where did you grow up? Rwanda?

  • Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe October 25, 2012  

    I think I can actually top this list … I had a neighbor give out Hoodsies one year! For those of you who aren’t familiar, they are little ice cream cups that used to come with a wooden paddle/spoon. It was bad enough to be walking around with ice cream, but she neglected to give out the spoons!!! Kids all over the neighborhood were getting home with bags of candy covered in melted ice cream. 🙁

    Hey, maybe that was her evil plan to stop us from getting all sugared up?? 😉

  • Katt Kasper October 25, 2012  

    Hey BS, my trailer park had some mean streets man!

  • snebbu October 26, 2012  

    When was that, Katt? In the FORTIES?!

    Chris – Ice cream sounds pretty f’ing awesome. Sounds like the problem was that nobody realized that they could have used a kit kat to spoon out that liquid sugar.

  • Cindy (Martini Doll) October 26, 2012  

    DOLLAR BILLS=GREAT 😀 The rest of that shit=BAD 😛

  • ML October 26, 2012  

    I love me some good religious propaganda.

  • Annette | Bucket List Journey October 27, 2012  

    I might have to egg someones house if they gave me black licorice 😉

  • Sarah October 31, 2012  

    An excellent list of things to give kids without costumes 😀 also prunes and rasins.

  • minnip October 31, 2012  

    I’m so mad about #7 — hard, fruity candies. Not everyone wants chocolate on Halloween! I’d trade a lifetime of full-sized Snickers for some strawberry/watermelon jolly ranchers ANY DAY. #minoritystatus

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