With good ol’ Saint Hallow’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to think about the trick and/or treaters who will soon be knocking on your door fresh-faced and pre-diabetic.
You can make a ton of friends by handing out full-sized candy bars or silver dollars, but that adds up quickly and it still won’t spare your house from egging. Not being a Phys Ed teacher is usually enough to ensure that.
So what are the best & worst things to give out this Halloween? It may surprise you but the best and worst are one and the same.
7 Best/Worst Trick or Treat Items
Fresh Caramel Apples
Remember these from your childhood? If not, remember them from your adulthood. They might tear out the odd loose tooth (you’re welcome, Tooth Fairy,) but the very sight of them is enough to elevate your blood sugar. Whether candy apple or caramel dipped, these treats are big, premium items, and will easily be the most fresh fruit kids will get this month.
Go fresh or go home. Dip them around 5:30 to 6:00pm and count on placing them unwrapped in childrens’ bags while they’re still hot and fresh. Sure, it will stick to the other candy, but plastic is easy to clean.
Fire Sauce Packets
These kids don’t want candy, their tastes have matured far beyond that point. So give them something more age appropriate, you know, like Taco Bell Fire Sauce packets. Best of all, these caliente giveaways are essentially free at your local dispensary grande.
Tooth Brushes wrapped in Bible Verses
The dollar store has multi-packs of toothbrushes, and I’m sure it’s no problem that you’ll have to unwrap them before handing them out. And as far as Bible verses go, I suggest Ezekiel 23:20, Leviticus 15:19-20, Psalms 137:9 and Numbers 31:17-18.
If you’ve ever gotten the chance to take a weekend vacation to the beach, you know how fun, relaxing and memorable it was. Why not bring that home to the kids in your neighborhood by handing out small bags of sand from beaches they’ve likely never seen.
Nothing will give them more pause than to wonder which beach it came from and why it’s so important. This memorable goody will leave a lasting impression on them, and one which they may think back on every time they go to any beach in the future.
Isn’t that what childhood is about, making memories?
My first Halloween as a homeowner, I was caught off guard. As we were about to leave for a party, there was a ring at the bell and we couldn’t imagine who it was at the early hour of 5:45pm, but it was a poor, misfortunate child in clever costume.
I apologized and made my way back to the kitchen to find goodies, but I had none. I grabbed a Top Ramen and called it good enough, inconspicuously dropping it into his bag… until my buddy yelled, “There you go kid, enjoy your Top Ramen!”
In retrospect, I should have just given him a dollar.
But I don’t propose you give these youngsters something quite as useful as an entire Ramen package. No, give them the bullion of the orient. The soothing chicken broth of the iodine deficient… give them just the seasoning packet.
Piping Hot Chili Dogs
Their parents will love that they are finally eating something with serious nutritional value, even if it’s a bit comedic, and most candy bags are sufficiently water tight to contain the excess chili.
It’s the best of all worlds. Hot, tasty, American food, and it’s free, and it’s dumped in your kids’ bags when they aren’t paying enough attention.
Pack of Bulk Razor Blades
Well what if we streamlined the process by giving the kids razor blades! They’ll still have the protective paper on them so no one gets hurt, but this finally puts an end to impossible Where’s Waldo of the candy bag investigation.
These can be bought at your local hardware store for just $24.99 for the hundred pack, and believe me when I tell you that they are sharp.
It doesn’t matter though, because the kids or their parents will surely find them first, just like they’ve been trying to do since they were kids.
Isn’t Halloween fun?
If you’ve got better or worse ideas, post them in the comments below.