Unless it’s Chick Tracts. Kids LOVE Those!

I am a firm believer that out of all the ways to get creative at Halloween, the dispensing of candy should not be one of them. It’s a simple idea: kids come to your door dressed up, wanting candy. They don’t want minicomics, thrift store games, baseball cards, your Pokemon CCG commons, or the like. Nobody goes door-to-door saying “Trick or small-sized version of whatever you personally are interested in!”

Just make with the fun-sized Snickers and everyone will be happy.

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6 Responses to Unless it’s Chick Tracts. Kids LOVE Those!

  1. Jeff says:

    Not so! Gabe and I started last year giving out small containers of Play-Doh. We gave kids a choice of that or candy (Snickers, Milky Way, and the like). The overwhelming favorite was the Play-Doh.

  2. Anarkey says:

    I agree, Jeff. My child gets more candy than any one her size can consume in a year at Halloween and, sadly, much of it ends up in the garbage can six months later. However, there’s plenty of non-candy stuff that she adores getting, including but not limited to plastic glow-in-the-dark critters (bats, rats, spiders, snakes), stickers, temporary tattoos, glow-in-the-dark fangs, rainbow colored rave accoutrements (you know, those 12 hour light up bracelets and necklaces), eyeball rings, and bubble stuff. She would totally love to get play-doh.

    However, I see Dave Ex M’s point about not dumping your extras on kids at Halloween. All the non-candy stuff we give out is non-candy stuff we buy for the purpose of giving out, not stuff we scrounged out of our magic card collections.

  3. blasterhappy says:

    Now Dave you know your going to be giving out Chipole Ranch Doritoes that you seperated from the Zesty Taco. You may be throwing some people off but not me!

  4. Dave says:

    I would count spider rings, bouncy balls, vampire fangs and the like to be sufficiently candy-like to meet my strict requirements. Play-Doh is a little iffy to me but if the kids have a choice, more power to ’em.

    Mostly I’m talking about hobby sites that suggest you give out essentially miniature versions of your hobby.

  5. Jeff says:

    Comment 3 reminds me that I finally got to try the Doritoes Collision Dave wrote about. Unfortunately I was driving and couldn’t safely separate the flavors. I just ended up with handfuls of zesty chipotle ranch taco chips. Still, it was nice to occasionally taste the taco again.

  6. Googum says:

    My youngest can’t have a lot of kinds of candy, since he’s on that gluten-casein free diet. So, as usual, I’m giving away little toys and comics. And candy. I don’t want my house egged.