Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Halloween Poll

Unfortunately there's been no time to read much of anything this week so let's do a fun poll instead!  We're knee deep in the goodness of autumn and trick or treat time is just around the corner so that will be our theme.

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Name the 5 treats you were most anxious to get in your trick or treat bag as a kid?

1. Reese Cups
2. Snickers
3. Double Bubble Gum (what was it about that package!?)
4. Candy Corn packets
5. Smarties

Name the 5 items you would throw away as a kid.
1.  Mini box of raisins
2.  Bit O' Honey's because I thought they were old people candy and now that I'm old, I love them
3.  Peanut Butter Kisses- Same candy but with peanut butter and again, now I love them!
4.  Anything with coconut like Mounds/Almond Joy
5.  Those God awful black licorice flavored hard candies

Did you use a trick or treat bag, a plastic jack o lantern or pillow case?

I think I might've used a jack o lantern as a really small kid and then graduated to the plastic bags you bought at the store.  Never did a pillow case.

Describe what trick or treating was like when you were a kid:

When I was a kid, there was always the possibility that if it was cold enough, it could flurry so the snowsuit or winter coat could go over your costume which stunk.  We always got a pumpkin flashlight at Kmart or similar stores so I could light my way and I was let loose into the apartment complex(s) to collect my loot.  We might stop by Grandma's house too to show off my costume.  With the advent of the whole "razors/needles in the candy" crap back in the 80's, we just kind of held up the wrapper to the light or bit into half the candy gingerly if we bothered at all.  Sometimes you didn't care and just played candy roulette and hoped you didn't become an urban legend.  Then I took out what I didn't want and my mom would take it and I'm sure a few rogue pieces of my favorites I had too much of like every mom!

What candy do you give out now as an adult?  (And do you buy candy you like so if there's any left, you'll have some or do you purposely buy candy you DON'T like so you won't be tempted to eat it?)

We've tried to give out full sized candy bars like Snickers or Milky Ways (not that they're very full sized anymore yet still have the same calories...how is this possible!?) or a bag of something we like but no kids ever come here so we save a few for a high cal day or send them to the Mr's work. We have bought crappy candy before to not tempt us but then we just want to eat a few pieces anyway if they're fun sized so that doesn't really work for us.  :-\

What are the biggest differences you see from Halloween when you were a kid to now especially if you have little goblins?

Well, we didn't think they DID trick or treat anymore despite the news always showing the times for it.  We literally have an entire neighborhood waiting to give out treats and I know at least 5 kids that live here so they could make out like bandits but no one in over 15 years!  I hear they do "trunk or treat???"  That just sounds sad.

Your turn!  Can't wait to see your responses to these questions!

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5 comments:

  1. Five fave treats: Chocolate (back in the day the snack sized bars weren't as popular), blow pop (the sucker with the gum inside), tootsie pop, toys (like spider ring or little erasers), gum

    Five dreaded treats: pennies (especially if they wrapped them in foil so they looked like they might be candy), raisins, black licorice anything, those strawberry hard candies with the goo inside (old people candy), those discs that were orange but tasted like bad caramel (again, old people candy), mints

    Used a bag (maybe just a grocery bag or maybe a special bag with halloween design). I always wanted to use a pillow case but my mother refused.

    I had to go to my cousin's neighborhood to trick or treat because we lived out in the sticks. We could get a good haul in just a few blocks (before my mother got bored of having to interact with her child). I only trick or treated a few times because it was too much effort for my mother to take me to my cousin's house (again, she wasn't big on interacting with her kids). She would get us treats for at home to make up for it, though.

    We give out what the kids like, which turns out to be stuff I don't like (bonus). In my hood, kids want fruity/chewy stuff like laughy taffy and twizzlers. We bought chocolate stuff one year and the kids were like "meh, another mini candy bar" which blew my mind (as a kid I lusted for the "real" candy like little bars). But when we had the taffy/fruity stuff they went nuts, calling out to their friends about it and trying to find certain flavors (the mystery one was the biggest draw).

    The mini candy bar thing is the biggest change I've seen. Now that they are so common (year round) they aren't a big deal to kids. So now I try to give out something weird like gumballs that look like eyes or gummy bugs or even little toys like spider rings.

    (oh, my big annoyance with trick or treat is when parents take babies to trick or treat. Get the eff out of here, that fresh from the womb loaf is not eating candy. They should be giving out candy to older kids and show off their baby that way instead of mooching candy from me. . .oh, and litter. I hate seeing candy paper litter after the fact)

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  2. Name the 5 treats you were most anxious to get in your trick or treat bag as a kid?
    1. Snickers
    2. Bit O'Honey
    3. Three Musketeers
    4. M&M's
    5. Milky Way


    Name the 5 items you would throw away as a kid.
    I didn't throw much away, but probably the coconut candy bars, although today those are my favorites!

    Did you use a trick or treat bag, a plastic jack o lantern or pillow case?
    Since I started trick or treating back in the 50's, and continued into the 60's, pretty sure I used a pillow case for the candy. Plastic bags weren't invented yet, and those plastic jack o'lanterns didn't proliferate at every discount store like they do today, plus there weren't many discount stores in the little town where I grew up.

    Describe what trick or treating was like when you were a kid:
    No worries about evil people putting razor blades or nails in our candy bars or apples. Times were simpler and more naive back then. I miss that. Usually a group of us would go out together, hitting up our own neighborhoods. In later years, we would go out and trick or treat for UNICEF. People would give us money for UNICEF, then also hand each of us a treat. Plus I still remember what UNICEF stands for (cause people would ask us that): United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund!!!

    What candy do you give out now as an adult?
    I used to buy the chocolate candy that I LOVED to give out on Halloween so that not only could Ihelp myself BEFORE Halloween, but also eat the leftovers afterwards. Now I avoid buyijng those fun-sized chocolate bars, as they are just too much temptation. I did buy a whole bunch of Halloween candy for the rehearsal dinner I hosted for y son and his bride last Frideeay. I put it in decorative Fall cans on each of the tables. Of cousre all weekend I ate too much of it. I sent it all home with my grandkids, except for a few leftover Starburst and Skittles, which don't tempt me at all. I brought those home and am saving them in case we get any trick or treaters, we usually don't, out here in the country.

    What are the biggest differences you see from Halloween when you were a kid to now especially if you have little goblins?
    I will compare Halloween when I was a kid to Halloween when my own kids were young (they are now 44, 38 and 30), and also what I perceive about Halloween today, as my grandkids are now among the trick or treaters out there. As I said when I was a kid, it was much simpler. The costumes were homemade, lots of ghosts, witches, and beatniks (in the 60's). No worry about tainted treats either. When my kids were little, a few years I made their costumes, one year when my youngest was pretty small, I made him a cute clown costume (couldn't get away with that now!) one year I handmade Wookie costumes from Star Wars, and one year I found suits and hats for them to wear, we borrowed a briefcase and handcuffs, as well as sunglasses (which are hard to find in October), and my two oldest sons went out as the Blues Brothers. That remains my shining moment as far as creativity in Halloween costuming. Today, my grandkids all wear store-bought costumes which are are somewhat nicer than that plastic crap they used to sell (and which I always wanted, but rarely got), and they tend to dress up in them year-around when they're playing. Super Heroes are big.




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  3. Name the 5 treats you were most anxious to get in your trick or treat bag as a kid?

    1. Reese Cups !!!!!
    2. Three Musketeers
    3. Double Bubble Gum - me too
    4. Candy Corn packets
    5. Butterfingers

    Name the 5 items you would throw away as a kid.

    I didn't throw anything out. Some I didn't like as well, but there aren't very many candies I won't eat when I run out of the "good" stuff. And I love black licorice, but I don't think I ever got those hard candy ones.

    Did you use a trick or treat bag, a plastic jack o lantern or pillow case?
    I don't really remember. I think just a plastic grocery bag. Nothing memorable in any case.

    Describe what trick or treating was like when you were a kid:
    A friend or friends and I walked all over the neighborhood and hit as many houses as humanly (chidly?) possible. When I was younger my dad walked along with us and stood at the end of each driveway while we went to the door. When I got a little older I just went with my friends. Almost every house had a light on back then. It was often really cold, so sometimes I used that in my costumes. One year I went as a skier - ski gear, fake cast, and crutches. There were enough street lights that we didn't need flashlights, but dad always made sure we had a glowstick or something so that drivers could easily see us for safety. We did the whole candy inspection thing at home (and I do it now with my son) and then the bag was stashed in the kitchen pantry and doled out a few pieces at a time. I'm sure my folks helped themselves too, but I never noticed.

    What candy do you give out now as an adult? (And do you buy candy you like so if there's any left, you'll have some or do you purposely buy candy you DON'T like so you won't be tempted to eat it?)
    I buy a huge bag (or two) of "Child's Play" which is basically different kids/flavors of Tootsie rolls and leave it out in a bowl with a note to take some candy but leave some for the next kid. That way I can hand out candy and take my son trick or treating both.

    What are the biggest differences you see from Halloween when you were a kid to now especially if you have little goblins?
    There are a lot of inside trick or treating events that people go to. Less people have their lights on now, but whether that's because I live in a different town or in a different time I don't know. More parents drive their kids around. When I was a kid everyone was on foot, now it seems like a lot of parents drive their kids from one house with a light on to the next. It's like those kids just aren't earning their candy.

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  4. I think kids get candy all the time so it's not the treat it was for my family as a child. Few kids will walk into our court to get candy... too far to walk for only 3 houses. Parents too paranoid to let their kids be free to roam. I'm so glad my kids are grown, would not have enjoyed watching their every move. How can they grow and learn with all the monitoring?

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  5. That picture is definitely a classic - I feel like it's from our family album! I remember having to wear a big ole coat under my costume every year - and those face masks, ugh! Listening to yourself breathe and having it get all hot and damp. We carried buckets or bags and my mom carried the pillow case for us to dump our full buckets into. She looked like Santa every Halloween by the time we got home - there were three of us and boy did we cover our neighborhood! When we got home we had to pour everything out on the dining room table. My mom and dad would "inspect" everything, take what they wanted and then let us each pick out about 10 pieces of candy. The rest went into a big bowl to be doled out over the next couple of weeks. I remember most of the candy being full sized bars and my favorites were Reeses and Snickers - which, unfortunately, were also my dad's faves. But I got my share each year. The haul I hated was the little bags of pretzels or chips or raisins. And one neighbor gave out these God-awful popcorn balls she used to make - they were horrible. Now I give out the little Reeses, Twix, Kit Kat, etc. I always just let the kids reach in and take their own - I love to see what they choose. M&M's are definitely No. 1 with kids in my neighborhood!

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