When you were a kid, you may have had an old lady in your neighborhood who passed out raisins for Halloween, disappointing all the trick-or-treaters. But as much as you despised those healthy “treats,” some kids had it way worse. According to a Reddit thread which asked “What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever gotten while trick-or-treating?” some people have a much broader interpretation of what a treat is.
These are some of the craziest things kids have gotten in their candy bags Halloween night:
- A caramel apple that turned out to be a caramel onion, which the kid discovered by taking a huge bite.
- A pocket sized version of the New Testament.
- Cans of green beans and corn
- A documentary on the Milwaukee Brewers. Those same people handed out travel coffee mugs the next year.
- Shoe laces
- A brisket sandwich. Other years that same house gave kettle corn, hot dogs, burgers, and mini loaves of bread with soup inside. And the trick-or-treaters loved it!
- A walnut and a nickel
- Postage stamps
- Dog food
- Fireworks! Some guy in the neighborhood handed out firecrackers and bottle rockets, but he marked the kids’ right hands with permanent marker, so they couldn’t get more than one each.
- A can of tuna
- A mixtape
- A raw potato with googly-eyes on it
- A tennis ball
- A letter to the neighborhood kids explaining that they were too fat to deserve candy
- A bar of Lever 2000 soap
You may have seen some teal pumpkins standing out among all the orange on porches this time of year and wondered what they were all about. Those bright blue-ish ones are part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, which is a campaign to raise awareness about food allergies and promote inclusiveness for all trick-or-treaters.
The idea is, you put a teal pumpkin out at your house to show that you have a non-food treat option for kids with food allergies. Since one in 13 kids has a food allergy, this gives them a chance to enjoy the trick-or-treating experience without the fear of having candy that contains something dangerous for them. The Teal Pumpkin Project isn’t trying to exclude candy from the Halloween tradition, it’s just trying to keep it safe and fun for kids who can’t have candy.
If you want to participate:
- Mark your house as allergy-friendly by putting out a teal pumpkin or downloading a free sign to hang up.
- Decide if you want to pass out all non-candy treats or have a separate stash for kids with allergies.
- If you do pass out candy, keep it in a separate bowl from the non-candy to keep it safe.
- Don’t just get “allergy-friendly” snacks or candy and assume they’re safe. There are over 170 types of foods that can cause allergies, so just because it says it’s “free from” some big ones doesn’t make it safe for everyone. Your teal pumpkin means your treats should be safe for everyone.
- Ask kids before giving candy or the non-candy option, they might not speak up about an allergy and assume the teal pumpkin means what you’re giving out is safe to eat.
We’re still a week away from Halloween, but some stores are already cranking up the Christmas carols and proudly displaying all their Christmas decorations. If you think it’s just too soon for all that red and green, one store gets that: Target. They’ve announced a plan to give Halloween and Thanksgiving their own moment in the spotlight, so they’re not letting Christmas take over the store until after Thanksgiving.
“As it relates to Thanksgiving, we’ve heard from our guests that they want us to celebrate Thanksgiving before moving into the holidays,” a Target spokesperson explains. “So this year, we’ll wait to feature holiday signing at the front entrances of our stores until after Thanksgiving.”
So they’re still going to have Christmas stuff in the store, it just won’t be Christmas hitting you in the face as soon as you walk in - at least not until after turkey day. And for now, we can sit back and sip our Pumpkin Spice Lattes as we take our kiddos trick-or-treating, because ‘tis still the season for that.
Source: Scary Mommy
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