How many pieces of candy do you pass out on halloween ?

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    Wendy Swift
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    How many pieces of candy do you pass out to kids on halloween ?

    Every year I say to my wife if we buy a box of 50 mini chocolate bars that will last us like 2 years because we average 20 kids per halloween.  I also suggested that we pass out just one piece of candy per kid.

    My wife calls me a cheap bastad; she usually gives out like 2 – 3 pieces of candy or 2 pieces of candy and a small bag of chips per kid.

    To make it even more fun, what kind of candy do you usually pass out ?

    We usually buy candy that we both will eat as every year we’ve wound up with a surplus; aero, smarties, kitkat, for chips doritos (can’t find them this year tho).

     

     

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      Emily Alt
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      Zero.  When you get zero visitors, ALL the candy will be consumed by the purchaser.  Bad plan.

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      Joanne Jackson
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      We live on a cul-de-sac with only three little kids local and, aside from those three kids, no one comes around . . . and i’m okay with that.

      Thanks for asking.

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      Dani Grand
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      Good topic.
      My wife and I are in a neighborhood where we get a LOT of visitors. So many so that the dog needs to be given a spot of medicine before the event.
      This year, this witch will be greeting the kids in boots and a hat…2 pieces each.
      This year’s menu…Reese’s, Skittle’s, Three Musketeers, Twix, Kit Kat.

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      karley delaware
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      I voted zero, not because of being Anti-Halloween and a cheapskate.  They are just not coming around…………………SO and I have dark humor that with the crime and all……………it’s Halloween here all the time………… the players are real………………………………….

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      Lara Tucker
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      Our last 2 houses were a bit far from a neighborhood with houses close to each other. We have literally not had a single trick or treat in about 10 years. The kids don’t want to do that much walking for one house I guess.

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      Paula F
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      I usually give out Jolly Ranchers, Smarties, Double Bubble Bubble Gum, and mini SweetTarts and Sprees.  I also toss in some loose candy corn and mini pumpkins.

      Halloween afternoon, the hospital I work at has ‘Trunk and Tweet’ where we line up employees cars around one of the parking lots and hand out candy from the trunks of our cars.  It is a lot of fun for the smaller kids, and they don’t have to be out in traffic after dark or in the cold weather we seem to always get at Halloween.

      At night, I change all of my outdoor lights to various colored bulbs and sit up in my carport to give out candy to the older kids.

      PaulaF

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      Wendy Swift
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      grrr, i swore i added in the choice of zero for not passing out candy.  I guess the poll took it as an empty entry and didn’t add in that choice.  sorry gals.

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        Gabriela Romani
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        Zero answer has been added. (We are cheapskates, and proud! Hahaha!)

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      Jennifer Stacie
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      Wait we’re suppose to give it out? Oh man now I have another thing I’m not good at *Giggles*

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      Birel Galanodel
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      I usually just hold out a bowl of fun size candy bars (Milky Way, Twix, Hershey’s). Little kids usually carefully choose their favorite one. Middle school kids and older take at least a couple, if not grab a handful.

      But, I really don’t get many kids at my house anyway. There are no houses on the other side of the street, and houses around me don’t participate in the festivities. So, my neighborhood is not really popular for kids trick-or-treating.

      Birel

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      Carolyn Kay
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      We always pass out full size chocolate bars so I just give one to each child. I know some come back a second time, but I don’t care, we just have fun. My wife  loves Halloween and we decorate the house just for that night. We use a piece of a gutter to create a slide for the candy to go down to drop in their bags. The kids love  that to.

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      Holly Goodrich
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      I’ll be passing out zero candy, zip, zilch, nada.  My 3rd Halloween in this trailerhood, never seen a child here.   Well, it is mostly a senior park, and, at least 2 miles (1.2 km) from nearest residential area, so I guess it makes sense.  If there were kids around my place would be dark.

       

      HollyMarie

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      Gabriela Romani
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      What? No option for us cheapskates who don’t pass any candy at all? (Sorry, we just don’t)

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        Barb Wire
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        Hi Gabriela!

        No candies, eh?

        Well, I’d sit on your front lawn just in case kids like me come armed with TP. Me and my buddies would drape trees with the stuff. Got real messy and nearly impossible to clean up after it rained.

        It was difficult to scold my son when he and his buddies did the same thing. But, me and my targeted neighbours had a good laugh… eventually!

        👻🎃🦇 Barb (Tom Boy)

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          Donna
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          And Barb be behind you gathering the TP lol 😁

          Hugs Donna

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          Donna
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          And Barb be behind you gathering the TP lol 😁

          Hugs Donna

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          Donna
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          And Barb be behind you gathering the TP lol 😁

          Hugs Donna

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      Rasa Born
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      We have many little ones on our block. We usually give 2 per kiddie.

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      Jillian F
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      I cannot vote. I don’t feel included at all.

      bah humbug…

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      No choice for none?

      We used to give out candy. Some years we would buy a bunch of candy and nobody would show up. The next year we would buy a small bag an be out by 6 PM. We don’t eat candy ourselves so between trying to figure out how much to buy and having a bunch left over it was easier to just give up and shut off the lights.

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      Grace Scarlett
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      NONE…!!!!

      My building has a security entrance, and nobody ever walks around the side to my little door…….I just don’t get any callers….

      I won’t be in anyway….probably dressed as a St. Trinian’s girl….collecting candy for myself…haha ( the irony )

      Seriously….I may go for a stroll about town, but it’s nothing like as popular in my town as it is in the states…..

      Prefect grace xx

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      Coleen Edinburgh
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      With Covid upon us my wife and I have been making up a halloween bags for the kids to receive and not touch everything insight maybe spreading the virus.

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      Michelle Davis
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      We give out one but it is a full size bar. Love to see the wide eye looks on their faces when they see them.

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      Alison Anderson
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      While technically in suburbia, my block is very rural, with about a half dozen houses on it.  No one comes to my home, and I usually don’t even buy any candy.

      This year I plan to take a walk around my neighborhood in a white top, poodle skirt with petticoats and lacy ankle socks. (I did this last year, but few people were walking on the street due to COVID-19.) My walk will include some suburban blocks. I bought two different bags of candy. I’ll bring a basket with some candy with me in case I see some children.  I don’t expect to see too many people so I’ll probably give (or at least offer) out 2 pieces each.

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      Gail Rich
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      We give out 2 or 3 pieces beer child, but we have a very busy street. We must give out 400-500 on Halloween.

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      Barb Wire
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      I voted 2, based on an average between me and my SO.

      I give out only one candy, so the kids can learn values like, moderation and selflessness, so others can have their share too.

      My SO then takes over and hands out 3 candies. As we crossed paths she says, “You’re so full of sh*t! You just want more for yourself!”

      BUSTED!

      xo Barb 😊

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        ChloeC
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        A single piece of those little bite size candies just seems so unfair, considering back in the day, most houses would hand out what we now call regular size bars that today go for $1-1.50 apiece but back then they went for 5c.  We would have homemade costumes with only a store bought eye mask and be given shopping bags and we wouldn’t return until the bag was almost overflowing.  You would have to go to 100’s of houses now days to fill that kind of bag. And of course we were also given fresh apples, popcorn balls, all sorts of homemade goods that you wouldn’t touch with a hidden pin today.  Seems that even if those bite size things are probably not as high sugary, it still doesn’t seem right.

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          Barb Wire
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          Chloe, are you calling me cheap?

          I remember those days too. And I remember the old man handing out apples. We threw them back at his house when he went inside. He just never learned. Every year his house got pummelled with apple juice! SMASH!! We were all little Bart Simpsons! HA HA!!

          🍎🍏 Barb :B

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            ChloeC
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            Hi Wendy. Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I was mostly lamenting the changing times as well as the rising costs of candy (well, the kind i like!) that have encouraged a lot of memories of times gone by. But as that great sage and yogi (Berra, that is) said, Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. Hugs ChloeC

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            Grace Scarlett
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            Barb Simpson………..so he does crossdress!!!!!

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            Barb Wire
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            “Ay! Caramba! And I look killer on my skateboard!”

            Not that I want to hijack Wendy’s fun post, but I think Chloe is calling me ‘Wendy’.

            Just a final and reflective thought: That old man probably suffered from dementia or some other debilitating mental illness and no one back in those days talked or knew much about it.

            However, in my defence, as he tossed the apples into our bags, he would say quite audibly, “Here ya go, you little sh*ts!”

            Well, as Bugs Bunny has often said, “This is war!” We’d go back later in the evening just so we could reload, “Chuk-Chuk.” But, we were not without compassion. We spared him the TP since we figured he suffered enough.

            🍎🍏 Barb

            (As I was reminiscing and laughing about all this, I spat coffee onto my keyboard! HA HA!! Karma…)

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            Grace Scarlett
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            Control, alt, decaffeinate….how about them apples….haha xx

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            Holly Goodrich
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            Grace,  I wonder  if Barb’s computer is an APPLE??😀😀😀😀

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            Donna
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            LOL reminds me of some child hood memories there were 3 neighbors would always go to One would give us a pet rock. The other would give us a roll of pennies. Would dress up different and go back till he figured it out. But made like 2 bucks. Alot back when was kids. lol. The last one would give us a pack of those crackers can get at eating places.

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        Donna
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        Does it go 2 for me Barb and 1 for them 3 for me 2 for them. lol

        Donna

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      Alice Underwire
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      Hi Wendy,

      Better send the KitKats to Grace and Amanda.  Put a few tootsie roll pops and miniature chocolate bars into a baggie and into a plastic bowl for the children.  Then have prepackaged sizzlers for any licorice lovers.

      Alice

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      Kelli Marlowe
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      been living at the end of a dead end dirt road over 10 years, never had a trick or treater bother to make the trek.Not many kids in this country section of my town.as usual, I’ll have to force myself to eat chocolate(Reeses dark minis)

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        Donna
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        Kellie hun don’t force yourself to eat all that chocolote can come that way and help finish it off.

        Hugs

        Donna

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          Kelli Marlowe
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          only a couple of thousand miles to Maine1

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            Donna
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            LOl be there right after halloween can help eat what left then go to 50 off sales and buy more candy.

            Donna

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            Kelli….worth every mouthful…haha xx

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      Donna
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      at least handful per child yes the bigger children too gets the same But do save some for self too.

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      ChloeC
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      The last three places where we lived were on an L shaped street with us and an elementary school right on either outside of the corner with no sidewalk on our side but sidewalks across the street. Very few kids would cross the street and we had no real walk to the street. The next house we lived in was in the country on a gravel road. It wasnt’ that far out of town but you couldn’t walk. Now we live on a cul-de-sac with 6 houses at the end of a moderately dark street (no city lights, only lights that home owners put up), no sidewalks but still an older subdivision with expensive houses. Oh and 3 of the first six houses, the owners tend to darken them down.

      Every single year, we’ve put up decorations, carved pumpkins, Halloween themed lights, even a recording of scary Halloween sounds, tiki torches, a nice drive to the walk to the our door, which has a spotlight on it.  Candy available if anyone comes by. A few do. Less than 5 if the weather is inclement, 10-20 if not.

      So, we let those who make the trek take as much as they want.  Although this year my SO has almost given up and we may walk down to the open end of the cul-de-sac where we have friends on an outside corner and sit with them and drink wine and hand out candy to the multitudes that come down that street, but usually look down ours and then continue on their way.

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      Hi Wendy,

      lol, just one per kid? Dearie me. It’ still not a big deal where I am, And this will be my third time round at my new place. Halloween is just for the little ones here, so their parents are there in the background. The first time I was unprepared, but at least I had loose change to pass round to a few that braved my doorbell, then I was away the next, and last year I had a big bowl of individual sweets (candy) and let them tuck in. This year I know one or two more of the neighbours who have grandchildren, so I might have to get a few more sweets in, and I’ll try to at least put a pumpkin and candle outside the front door – I’m told that’s the ‘ok to knock on the door’ sign.

      All new stuff to me, but all very innocent and sweet!

      Marti xxx

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        Wendy Swift
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        my wife overrides me anyways so we pass out like 2-3 pieces per kid each year.

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