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(Popular Mechanics)   Unsure of how much candy to buy for Halloween to ensure you'll have enough for trick-or-treaters (and yourself)? Popular Mechanics has the math worked out   (popularmechanics.com) divider line
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2021-10-28 10:40:04 AM  
Turn out the lights = no candy needed.
 
2021-10-28 10:55:39 AM  
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2021-10-28 10:59:45 AM  

Cafe Threads: Turn out the lights = no candy needed.


I'm sure the flaming bag of poo left on your porch will provide sufficient illumination for the kids to toilet-paper your trees.
 
2021-10-28 11:02:53 AM  
My block never gets many kids. We always have stuff left over. Latecomers to our house get fistfuls of candy.
 
2021-10-28 11:08:43 AM  
 
2021-10-28 11:10:00 AM  
I just throw it all in the back of the windowless van on my property with a sign saying "help yourself". It lasts years that way.
 
2021-10-28 11:12:37 AM  
You also have to consider what types of candy to stock, so you know what kinds to give which types of kids.

Normal kids: The usual mini bars, tootsie rolls, etc.
Especially cool costumes, good kids, special kids: Full-size bars
Kids clearly too old to be doing this: Candy corn, molasses toffees
Bratty, entitled little shiats: Chocolate-covered Brussels sprouts, candy-coated onions
 
2021-10-28 11:14:13 AM  
I live in a small isolated neighborhood with just a few kids so we've all agreed to put together treat bags for the kids.
 
2021-10-28 11:19:17 AM  

Cafe Threads: Turn out the lights = no candy needed.


Booooo!
 
2021-10-28 11:21:30 AM  
Support your local dentist and set these out.


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2021-10-28 11:23:44 AM  
1 bag of Reese's mini a week prior to Halloween. On Halloween turn off the lights and play video games. The servers aren't busy.
 
2021-10-28 11:28:44 AM  
Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

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2021-10-28 11:35:07 AM  

Jackal_N: Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

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Time to plug the Teal Pumpkin Project again.  Kids with allergies or other dietary restrictions look for a teal jack-o-lantern to know there's safe treats for them.  I do toys and candy (in separate bowls) and ask kids/parents which they want.  A lot of kids without dietary restrictions will pick the toy just for novelty.  Put one of these guys out:
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2021-10-28 11:35:18 AM  
i keep hearing about trick or treaters accidentally getting edibles.

WHICH HOUSES ARE THESE PLEASE?
 
2021-10-28 11:35:27 AM  
What is "too much candy"?
 
2021-10-28 11:36:48 AM  
I'd rather find out a way to know how many kids will come by my house on Halloween.  Is there a site that tracks trick-or-treater traffic?
 
2021-10-28 11:39:42 AM  

Jackal_N: Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

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I don't love the noisemakers.

/candy is quiet
/chewing children are quiet
 
2021-10-28 11:40:49 AM  

KB202: What is "too much candy"?


No different than, "What ever will we do with all this extra cocaine?"
 
2021-10-28 11:41:02 AM  

mike_d85: Jackal_N: Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

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Time to plug the Teal Pumpkin Project again.  Kids with allergies or other dietary restrictions look for a teal jack-o-lantern to know there's safe treats for them.  I do toys and candy (in separate bowls) and ask kids/parents which they want.  A lot of kids without dietary restrictions will pick the toy just for novelty.  Put one of these guys out:
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I've got the standard mini chocolate bars but I also cleared out my local big box store of little watercolor paint sets when they were like $.60 on back to school clearance. Asking kids which one they wanted wouldn't have worked last year since they were at the other end of a 15' candy chute, but this year I'll take your prompting and see who takes me up on it.
That reminds me, I also have sticker sheets somewhere and enough notice to dig them up. Usually I remember around 7pm on the 31st and then they sit in storage for another year.
 
2021-10-28 11:41:17 AM  

KB202: What is "too much candy"?


I think it's a brand name. Like "Leftover Ham", or "Excessive Alcohol"
 
2021-10-28 11:41:31 AM  

Tax Boy: i keep hearing about trick or treaters accidentally getting edibles.

WHICH HOUSES ARE THESE PLEASE?


The same pizza place that the cabal of pedophiles running the world meet at.
 
2021-10-28 11:43:58 AM  

Jackal_N: Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

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Yep, years after giving my nephews "funcle gifts" like toy drum kits & accordions my sister returned the favour via giving my kids harmonicas.
We recently made amends & are speaking to each other again.
 
2021-10-28 11:57:34 AM  
Recently I was cleaning out a kitchen cupboard that was storage for random junk and I found a gallon ziploc bag of smarties crammed in the back...from three Halloweens ago.
 
2021-10-28 12:04:49 PM  

whatisaidwas: KB202: What is "too much candy"?

No different than, "What ever will we do with all this extra cocaine?"


It sounds funny when you say it like that.

Friends went on vacation staying in Palapas on the beach in the Yucatan when a burlap bale washes up. They slice a corner and it is coke. Nice find but what are you supposed to do with it as a tourist in Mexico with no contacts? So they only took a sample for their week vacation and pushed the bale back out to sea.
 
2021-10-28 12:05:24 PM  
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2021-10-28 12:08:13 PM  
I often give kids a choice of two quarters or two candies. They mostly take the money.
 
2021-10-28 12:08:18 PM  
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2021-10-28 12:09:20 PM  
The last time I lived in an area that had trick-or-treaters was in 1999.  I don't think this year will be any different.
 
2021-10-28 12:18:40 PM  
Don't get stuck with dreaded mounds of extra Hershey bars.

I thought that was the goal. "Can't let it go to waste!"
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2021-10-28 12:25:52 PM  

Jackal_N: Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

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That's a really novel approach.

I've never met anyone who was trying to get the parents to toilet paper their yard on Halloween.
 
2021-10-28 12:33:09 PM  
article: 'give out tiny notebooks or coloring books, something you could actually make yourself with a paper cutter and a stapler.'

And you could hire the neighborhood kids to make them for you - then they'll know exactly what they're getting in advance...  No problem, right?
 
2021-10-28 12:35:39 PM  

mike_d85: Jackal_N: Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

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Time to plug the Teal Pumpkin Project again.  Kids with allergies or other dietary restrictions look for a teal jack-o-lantern to know there's safe treats for them.  I do toys and candy (in separate bowls) and ask kids/parents which they want.  A lot of kids without dietary restrictions will pick the toy just for novelty.  Put one of these guys out:
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2021-10-28 12:45:22 PM  

mike_d85: I'd rather find out a way to know how many kids will come by my house on Halloween.  Is there a site that tracks trick-or-treater traffic?


If you're looking for where all the kids are, the people at this site might be able to help.
 
2021-10-28 1:00:13 PM  

Slypork: mike_d85: I'd rather find out a way to know how many kids will come by my house on Halloween.  Is there a site that tracks trick-or-treater traffic?

If you're looking for where all the kids are, the people at this site might be able to help.


Man there are a LOT of hits within a 1 mile radius of me on that map. I probably should have checked that before buying.
 
2021-10-28 1:12:47 PM  
Every year I buy a couple of bags of large candies, e.g. full size reese's peanut-butter cups.  And every year I get, at most, three trick-or-treaters.  So I am forced to eat all that candy myself.  I'll plan to make the same sacrifice this year.
 
2021-10-28 1:16:05 PM  

mike_d85: Slypork: mike_d85: I'd rather find out a way to know how many kids will come by my house on Halloween.  Is there a site that tracks trick-or-treater traffic?

If you're looking for where all the kids are, the people at this site might be able to help.

Man there are a LOT of hits within a 1 mile radius of me on that map. I probably should have checked that before buying.


I got lucky that there was only one in my area. It's a woman too! No, you don't want to see what she looks like.
 
2021-10-28 1:21:54 PM  

Spartapuss: mike_d85: Slypork: mike_d85: I'd rather find out a way to know how many kids will come by my house on Halloween.  Is there a site that tracks trick-or-treater traffic?

If you're looking for where all the kids are, the people at this site might be able to help.

Man there are a LOT of hits within a 1 mile radius of me on that map. I probably should have checked that before buying.

I got lucky that there was only one in my area. It's a woman too! No, you don't want to see what she looks like.


The one woman in my radius was actually pretty hot.  I know where she lives and works now so even odds on which of us is the creep in this dynamic.
 
2021-10-28 1:23:32 PM  

OgreMagi: Every year I buy a couple of bags of large candies, e.g. full size reese's peanut-butter cups.  And every year I get, at most, three trick-or-treaters.  So I am forced to eat all that candy myself.  I'll plan to make the same sacrifice this year.


My wife purchased a 150-peice fun-sized bag and a box with 54 bags of various chips. We are on a cul-de-sac now and have no idea how many kids will come by. I won't be surprised if there is a major influx when the nearby church's "trunk or treat" is over at 8 pm.
 
2021-10-28 1:29:35 PM  

mike_d85: Jackal_N: Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

[Fark user image 425x430]

Time to plug the Teal Pumpkin Project again.  Kids with allergies or other dietary restrictions look for a teal jack-o-lantern to know there's safe treats for them.  I do toys and candy (in separate bowls) and ask kids/parents which they want.  A lot of kids without dietary restrictions will pick the toy just for novelty.  Put one of these guys out:
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The teal pumpkin! I had forgotten about it completely, I need to go dig it out of the back of the closet. Thank you for the reminder!
 
2021-10-28 1:42:56 PM  

whatisaidwas: Jackal_N: Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

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I don't love the noisemakers.

/candy is quiet
/chewing children are quiet


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2021-10-28 1:47:10 PM  
when you come to my house every kid gets some candy and every adult gets a beer, unless you get there after i've eaten all the candy and drank all the beer.   then every kid gets told to fark off and every adult gets mad at me.
 
2021-10-28 1:57:08 PM  

olrasputin: Jackal_N: Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

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That's a really novel approach.

I've never met anyone who was trying to get the parents to toilet paper their yard on Halloween.


Lol, the alternative to candy idea was a coordinated effort in a small neighborhood where everybody got along. ...it seems like a million years ago.
 
2021-10-28 1:59:28 PM  

Jackal_N: olrasputin: Jackal_N: Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

[Fark user image image 425x430]

That's a really novel approach.

I've never met anyone who was trying to get the parents to toilet paper their yard on Halloween.

Lol, the alternative to candy idea was a coordinated effort in a small neighborhood where everybody got along. ...it seems like a million years ago.


And as a side bonus fewer kids came to your neighborhood the next year?
 
2021-10-28 2:06:25 PM  

Jackal_N: olrasputin: Jackal_N: Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

[Fark user image image 425x430]

That's a really novel approach.

I've never met anyone who was trying to get the parents to toilet paper their yard on Halloween.

Lol, the alternative to candy idea was a coordinated effort in a small neighborhood where everybody got along. ...it seems like a million years ago.


Sure--that part is reasonable. My comment was directed at the bolded part, mostly.
 
2021-10-28 2:40:04 PM  

olrasputin: Jackal_N: olrasputin: Jackal_N: Years ago when we had a diabetic kid on the street so most of us gave out Halloween noisemakers, toys, etc., and comparatively little candy. When we moved we kept up the tradition. No calories, no warnings from the doctor/dentist, and they never go stale.
Kids do love the noisemakers!

[Fark user image image 425x430]

That's a really novel approach.

I've never met anyone who was trying to get the parents to toilet paper their yard on Halloween.

Lol, the alternative to candy idea was a coordinated effort in a small neighborhood where everybody got along. ...it seems like a million years ago.

Sure--that part is reasonable. My comment was directed at the bolded part, mostly.


Ah, now I understand. That's what happens when I'm doing two things at once. We don't have very many kids in this immediate neighborhood, so most of our trick-or-treaters come by the carload. They usually let them out of the car on one end of the street and then follow them as they go from house to house.
Oh good grief, I just realized I live in a neighborhood full of people whose kids have left home. That makes me feel old!
 
2021-10-28 3:35:13 PM  
So multiply. Thank you Captain Obvious. I have no idea how many kids will be by. Pre Covid we had over 400. Last year we had none. This year I have 320 pieces of candy. Will it be enough? Will some kids still stay home due to the pandemic? Will some parents not drive their kids to our neighborhood? Who knows?
 
2021-10-28 4:09:22 PM  

mike_d85: Time to plug the Teal Pumpkin Project again.


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2021-10-28 4:38:19 PM  
Folks looking to give out toys instead of/in addition to candy should check out Oriental Trading.
 
2021-10-28 5:29:37 PM  
One of the benefits of a 250m long driveway. I only have to buy candy for myself on Halloween.
If a kid ever was brave enough to come down the driveway and knock on the door they would be rewarded with enough candy to rot their gut for a full year.
 
2021-10-28 5:34:27 PM  

Evil Mackerel: Support your local dentist and set these out.


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The wax on the end of those was always a huge fark you. Not as big of a fark you as the ensuing panic when your jaws would get welded together when you bit down on the motherfarker.
 
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