Friday, November 2, 2012

Food Friday: The big trick?

I felt so proud of myself. I had bitten the bullet, and I was going to hand out food items to trick-or-treaters. We had pretzels, Teddy Grahams, fruit snacks and some Dum-Dums that a co-worker had leftover from a neighborhood Halloween celebration. With enough for 200 glammed up goblins, we were ready.

But the test would be when the munchkins arrived at our door.

The first costume-clad child arrived at 5:45 p.m. - 15 minutes before the scheduled start. I decided to be the bad witch and turn him away. After all, Miles wasn't even in his Pout-Pout Fish costume yet.

Once we were donning scales and had a few pictures snapped, we were ready for the festivities. The first trick-or-treaters got dibs on the Teddy Grahams. I had lots of ohs and ahs as the little ones saw the packages drop in their bags. There was even some excited, "Look. Look! These are the bomb."

Yes. Apparently, I am the bomb. News to me.

We handed out a few Dum-Dums and pretzels before heading out to trick-or-treat ourselves. I wanted to hit up just a few houses so Miles could get the experience.

OK. I'll be honest. I really wanted to check out the house down the street that had been taken over by zombies.

We scored some Nerds(!!!), a Hershey bar, pretzels and a Tootsie Roll. For me, obviously.

And then it was back to passing out treats. Our neighborhood gets what seems like an insane amount of trick-or-treaters. We actually ran out of goodies within an hour. Shortly after our little trek, we were down to just pretzels.

The kids didn't seem to mind. Many had bags with plenty of treats and were into the idea of trick-or-treating. However, one little kid (the same one who rang the bell at 5:45 p.m.) looked at the bag and then looked at Mark.

"Do you have anything else?" he said. "I don't like pretzels."

Umm, no. No, we don't have anything else. Maybe I was just done by this point but I thought the kid was a little rude. If he had a gluten sensitivity, I would have ran in and got the Hershey bar out of Miles' bag but ... yeah ... I'm not going to ... well, no.Just no.

It made me wonder if the other kids hated the pretzels just as much and were merely more courteous. Are pretzels really that much of a Halloween no-no?

I'm not sure but it is something to keep in mind for next year. I could do just Teddy Grahams and fruit snacks since those were well-received. Or, I could do what our daycare provider does: raisins and fruit cups.

Big hits, for sure.

P.S. Thank you for reading this post. While I did want to recap what was popular, I also wanted to post pictures of Miles and the costume I made. Because I'm self-involved like that.


  1. I would have been happy with pretzels, I have always loved them. We had a rude kid experience...We handed out the small candy bars (name brand too). We just gave one piece to each child because this was our first year and we didn't know how many kids we would get. Also, who needs more than one piece. After I handed a piece to one group, the kids said, "She only gave us one!" I couldn't help it, I snapped into teacher mode and told them they needed to be thankful for what they got (in a nice tone)! I felt a little bad, but really they didn't seem bothered by it. Ok, longest comment ever! Sorry! p.s. Miles is cute as a fish!

    1. Oh, snap. It's awesome that you said something. I think some kids just expect things, rather than appreciate getting anything.

  2. The Halloween costume is adorable. I'm completely impressed that you made it too! I'm a little torn on the whole Halloween and candy thing. I hear SO SO many people saying things like "throw it away" but really, that's so wasteful. I don't know what the answer is. But throwing it in the garbage doesn't sit well with me either. I like the idea of buying the candy off kids and then mom and/or dad takes it into work and leaves it in a common place for consumption. But really that's not great either, but at least then it's adults making that decision. I dunno ...

  3. That costume is adorable! And I can't believe that kid, the nerve! I handed out fruit snacks and Halloween pencils and each kid we had said thank you, even if they didn't like what they got. It's such a shame that kids (and adults!) just expect certain things no matter what and aren't thankful for anything they receive.

  4. Miles is way too cute for words in his costume!
    I cannot believe that kid! I think kids (and some adults too!) need to learn how to be grateful for things they are given. Makes me crazy to think about! lol
    The house with zombies....epic!!

  5. Miles was very cute in his costume. I was the ultimate scrooge this year. Lights off & I hid in the basement.

  6. i wanted to do a healthy a more healthy option while my husband said he didn't want to be "that house". we ended up running out of candy and raiding the pantry...a bunch of kids ended up getting individual sized packs of craisans or almonds. haha...i win! sort of. we definitely got some serious stink eye, especially towards the almonds. i think fruit snacks and teddy grahams are a great middle ground!

  7. Most adorable fish I've ever seen. Major props.

  8. Miles' costume = ADORABLE!

    I love pretzels, and the little bags are perfect kid lunch size, so they always get eaten around here.

    What gets me (and I hope I don't get my head bitten off) is the parents. Just because you are walking your kids around the neighborhood does not entitle you to bring your grocery bag for an EXTRA HANDOUT. It makes me NUTSO.

    (and John yells at the kids with no costumes and refuses to serve them. I am not that hardcore (read: I am a WUSS))

  9. The costume is absolutely adorable! I hope Miles enjoyed Halloween.

    Best Fishes to you and your family!
    Debbie Diesen (author of The Pout-Pout Fish)

  10. Did you use a fish pattern? I am looking for an adult size Pout Pout Fish costume to make.