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Halloween Treats

Updated on September 25, 2014
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I love Halloween! From decorating for Halloween, dressing in costumes, going to parties, to handing out treats, it is all just pure fun!!!


Trick or Treat then Trade

When I was a little child and we went trick or treating, there was a wide variety of Halloween treats that we would receive. Some were coveted by almost everyone in our home and others seemed to be rejected by almost everyone. If you happened to be the one who loved the unpopular treat, you really had it made. Other kids would just hand it over to you. No trade necessary. They didn't want it and you were the happy recipient of their "trash." To my fortune, I was the one in our family who loved "Smarties." Do you remember those?

I had a brother who wanted all the jaw breakers. That was pretty cool for me because I certainly did not want them and he didn't like the "girly" candies. Even as an adult, he would still give me candy corn, even though he had developed a bit of a sweet tooth himself and enjoyed his fair share of the little morsels.

Everyone has a favorite treat and I hope you will each take a moment to tell us about your preferred Halloween "treat."

Rice Krispie Treats

In our neighborhood, we always had the "June Cleaver" types who must have spent days baking the treats to hand out on Halloween. One of my favorite Mrs. Cleaver treats were the Rice Krispie Treats. Oh, now, I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I found the "Mother of Halloween" home. I often considered running back to my home, changing costumes and returning for seconds. I never did that though because my siblings would have gotten way ahead of me and who knew what other treats were waiting just around the corner.

The Original Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

Candy Apples

Another Mrs. Cleaver treat were the Candied Apples. No one ever gave those away. No, we might only be able to eat 3 or 4 bits of it before we were either sick or full, but they would not be open for barter.

Thinking back now, I honestly don't know why we liked them so well because they would stick to our teeth and fingers. Perhaps it was because they really were such a rare treat.

How To Make Candy Apples

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Caramel Popcorn Balls

To this day, I love Caramel Popcorn. When I would see that Saran Wrapped Ball of Heaven about to be dropped in my bag, I would reach out and tenderly receive it in my hand. I couldn't possibly risk having my glorious gift battered in that bag of less desired, envious pieces of tooth rotting contraband.

Oh, the howl that would have ensued if the wrapping had come off and it had to be thrown away. I can just imagine how we would have sounded like a pack of wolves moaning to the moon about our lost treasure.

Recipe for Caramel Popcorn Balls


The mother who made cupcakes would have to receive my "Mother of All Holidays" Award. I can not even begin to imagine having the time or the temperament to create such delicacies to hand out to children on Halloween.

I don't know, maybe they only gave them to their favorite neighborhood goblins or maybe we received them because our Mother was the PTA president for so many years. Whatever the reason, we all loved the payoff.

Bubble Gum

Bubble Gum was fun for the whole family. We had the Biggest Bubble Contests and there was always someone (usually the sweet, timid one of the group) who would try to pop the bubbles by jabbing their fingers toward your mouth. Half of the time, they would pull their finger away with your whole ball of gum.

It was always interesting when we returned to school after Halloween to discover who had the new hair bob. Everyone knew she was the one who had not listened when her parents said "Don't fall asleep with that Bubble Gum in your mouth."


Now I ask you, what child doesn't like a sucker? The green ones were especially popular. For some reason, my brothers always associated the green suckers with flatulence. I swear they ate those suckers just so they could have an excuse to do what they wanted to do. Around our house, if you saw a green sucker, you knew what was about to happen.

My parents wore stern faces while the rest of us roared with laughter.

Taffy wrapped in Black and Orange Wrappers

This was the candy I grew to hate. For days after Halloween, you didn't know when you would have a taffy torpedo aimed at your head. The harder they got, the more dangerous they became.

I truly believe we had a few neighbors in cahoots with my brothers. It seemed like every year they received a ton of these diabolical disks

Candy Bars
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Candy Bars

If you can't have homemade treats, this was the next best thing. It was obvious which neighbor was handing out candy bars by the huge gathering of ghosts, witches and goblins at their door. Back in the 60's it just wasn't as common for people to splurge on store bought treats as it is today. No, they were few and far between.

These were definitely the best bargaining chip. Why I could get my brothers to trade at least 3 or 4 Smarties for one candy bar! Well, at the time I thought it was a great deal. We were all happy with the trade so what did it really matter.

Trick or Treat Candy Bag

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Figurine Featured in the Introduction

© 2009 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

Okay, Don't Keep Us Guessing. What was Your Favorite OVERALL Halloween Treat?

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      Almond Joy and Mounds!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Anything chocolate. But I do have a soft spot for candy corn! Great lens! My mom loves to make Knox Blox shaped in characters for Halloween.

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      Rice Krispy treats!!! I just love them for Halloween or any time!

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Has to be chocolate - anything! I would trade my sisters like crazy to get chocolate, hmm, still do in fact! OK, candy corn runs a nice second! Happy Halloween fellow Halloween lover!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Pumpkin cookies! :) Happy Halloween.

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      When I was a kid, I'd totally say either rice krispy square, or the candy apples... I haven't had those in years :) Great Halloween treats!!

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      Susan R. Davis 4 years ago from Vancouver

      I love those rice krispies. Yum!

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Well, there are so many cool Halloween Treats ideas ... I like something pumpkin please.

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      fatherchristmascostume 4 years ago

      I'm hungry for a candy apple

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      As a kid I always liked getting Milky Way or Skittles best.

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      Milky Way bars! :)

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      What a great lens. My memories of Halloween in childhood included many treats, but my favorite was chocolate, all kinds. I have added you to my newest lens about healthy Halloween treats. Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Halloween treats, that's what its all about. This is nice, and getting blessed.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i wouldn't mind having some tasty chocolates! cheers

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      My favorite was popcorn balls or anything in the little brown bags! Hope you had a Happy Halloween! (^^..^^)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I used to love getting anything homemade, of course that was a few years back, it is so unfortunate we can't hand those out anymore! They were always such special treats to receive. - Kathy

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      momto4 lm 6 years ago

      Caramel apples!!!! I love everything about Halloween, especially the treats.

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      littlelu lm 6 years ago

      You wouldn't have gotten my smarties for nothing! lol

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      howdoyouspellst 6 years ago

      Yum yum yum! These are making me hungry.

      I love chocolate, taffy, pixie sticks, candy corn... Yum!

      We used to trade our trick-or-treat candy too! Your stories are great! Thanks.

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      elizajane202 lm 6 years ago

      My favorite store bought treat of course is candy bars, heck anything with chocolate. But I use to love Popcorn balls, no longer eat them due to bad teeth. :) Sure do miss them.

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Your lens brought back wonderful memories. Halloween was so much fun - lots of wonderful homemade treats. No one worried about kids being harmed from something one of the neighbors made in their kitchen so we all enjoyed them.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Ooh perfect for this time of year! Thanks for all the treat ideas.

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      Kate Phizackerl1 7 years ago

      Great Halloween food lens. Blessed.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Your ornaments at your ebay store are beautiful!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Loved this lens, I can remember all of these treats and we share similar memories. I liked Smarties too but I would have traded them to you for a candybar!:)) Oh and I didn't get the caramel popcorn balls ours were made with Karo syrup. I would have traded those for any candy since they were my least Wonderful lens!!

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I don't think I ever received a homemade treat in my years of trick-or-treating. Maybe that's what darkened my view of Halloween as the worst food holiday of the year. If someone had given me a candied apple -- my oh my oh my!

      The homeschoolers' Halloween potluck parties are much better. There's always homemade stuff, pumpkin muffins, cookies, and real food like stews and salads. One year I made a haunted forest with broccoli trees in a bed of rice (tinted green).

      Super lens! Now I know what I missed!

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star, well deserved!!

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      VSP 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tip on the Plexo, had fun voting. Now I'm hungry for a popcorn ball.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I'm with you on the Smarties...I still look for them in my granddaughters Halloween bags:) This is a really good lens on Halloween treats. I like the Halloween ghost bag you have shown too! 5***** and Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Loved the Candy Bars. Those cupcakes are amazing.

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      luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

      anything chocolate :) great job

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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      SpellOutloud 7 years ago

      Snickers or 3 Musketeers.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I think you've got all my favorites listed already!

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      My favorite was receiving the Snicker candy bars. I liked the taffy too and anything chocolate.

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      I like Smarties, chocolate candy bars, and bubble gum. I don't like hard candies or suckers usually. I don't ever remember getting the good homemade stuff you've mentioned. I think everyone switched over to individually wrapped candy just before my Halloween days.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Loved Dubble Bubble! Still do. :)

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      My favorite Halloween treat was "Rockets" - - you know those little, round, tart, multi-colored candies? Yum! Fun lens!