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THURSDAY THIRTEEN - My 13 Favorite Halloween Trick or Treat Candies

October 31st was a day I looked forward to all year when I was a kid. Why? Because I got to dress up as something or someone else in a fun costume (read about my favorite Halloween Costume ever here) and because I got a ton of free candy that lasted me for a whole month! I didn't have to dip into my allowance for a whole 4 or 5 weeks thanks to my greedy little Trick or Treat runs!

Back in the fifties Trick or Treating was an art! We knew exactly how to get the most amount of candy in the shortest possible time, we knew the "good" neighborhoods and houses (the ones who gave out full sized candy bars and home made treats), and we knew which houses to avoid - the ones that gave out fruit or boxes of raisins - boo to that!

Sometimes we would hit a house that gave us each a whole Halloween bag full of all kinds of different treats! This was a jackpot house and usually one of the houses that was totally decked out for the holiday with multiple Jack-O-Lanterns, spooky floating ghosts in their trees, dancing skeletons hanging from rafters and a costumed adult who was enjoying the Halloween as much as us kids.

Below is my list of my favorite Halloween Treats of all time. I hope it brings back some fond memories of All Hallow's Eve for you too:

1. A REAL HONEST TO GOODNESS HOME MADE CARAMEL APPLE
Yes, in the "olden days" people actually made these up and gave them out as Halloween Treats on October 31st! I loved them as a kid and still do. There is a green apple lollipop coated in caramel out there now that's not such a bad substitute made by Charms.

2. A REAL HONEST TO GOODNESS HOME MADE POPCORN BALL.
This was one of my Mom's favorite things to make up for Halloween Trick or Treaters and I looked forward to them all year. She used Jolly Pop popcorn and Karo Corn Syrup to make them and there's nothing out there made commercially that compares to my Mom's popcorn balls! My first stop for a treat on October 31st was always my own home!

3. FULL SIZE HERSHEY'S BARS
In those days a full size Hershey's Chocolate bar was 5 cents. That was a whole weeks allowance for me! So getting one in my Trick or Treat bag was a totally awesome haul!

4. PEANUT BUTTER FILLED MOLASSES TAFFY
I still love these and I can only find them at Halloween. They always come wrapped in orange and black wax paper. They're hell on my teeth but I'll gum them if I have to as I age.

5. BUTTERFINGERS
I love Butterfingers when they're fresh. Crunchy, sweet and salty and full of peanut butter goodness. Yum! If they're stale and hard and don't melt in your mouth they suck though, lol.

6. CHOCOLATE NECCO WAFERS
I liked all the Necco wafers but all chocolate packages were my fave!

7. BLACK JACK GUM
I'm very fond of licorice and this was the best licorice gum ever made - in fact, maybe the only licorice gum ever made, lol.

8. MARS BARS
The old style ones! You know, where there were full sized almonds on the top? The new Mars Bars just don't cut it for me.

9. TOOTSIE ROLLS
Tootsie Rolls are still one of my favorite "chocolate" flavored candies. I especially loved the long, skinny ones but the tiny bite sized ones were good too. The full sized bars always made me think of doggy poo and I had to break them apart to eat them - same candy but the psychological effect ruined the taste for me, lol.

10. WAX LIPS AND FILLED WAX BOTTLES
Wax anything is fine by me. I used to love wax lips, whistles, and especially the sweet, liquid filled wax pop bottles. Do you remember those? They came in a six pack!

11. DOTS
Dots were always my favorite gummy style candy. These were around way before the days of the gummy candy of today which I have never cared for - it's too hard and chewy! Dots were soft and I loved getting them at the movies too. Nope, JuJuBes sucked, sorry!

12. CRACKER JACKS
Still the best caramel corn out there and still comes with a prize!

13. A CUP OF HOME MADE HOT CHOCOLATE AFTER A HARD NIGHT OF TRICK OR TREATING - WITH MINI MARSHMALLOWS, OF COURSE!

DEAR ADULTS: HERE'S YOUR HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT TIP!
Don't hand out fruit! Don't give kids a penny or a nickel (yes, some people did that - although a nickel in those days was acceptable!) Don't give out pamphlets telling kids that Halloween is evil and don't turn off the lights, lock the door and ignore the knock or doorbell! If you do any of these things then you deserve to be peeling off soggy toilet paper on November 1st!

TRICK OR TREAT, SMELL MY FEET! GIVE ME SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT!

ONLY TWO MORE DAYS TO HALLOWEEN and my RETRO HALLOWEEN PAJAMA PARTY RADIO SHOW - Join the fun on Friday, October 31st at 4 pm (pacific), 6 pm (central) or 7 pm (eastern)!
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22 comments:

  1. Mmmmm popcorn balls, black cat gum, tootsie rolls, cracker jacks..OMG I wanna be a kid again!!!

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  2. My neighbourhood DQ gives out hot chocoloate.

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  3. Oh, I remember the chocolate Necco wafers. I loved those things.

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  4. Mars Bars had almonds on them? You do things differently in America!

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  5. JUST ME - oh, yeah! Black Cat gum! I forgot about that!

    I wanna be a kid again too and at my age I'm gettin' real close to my second childhood, lol!

    ANN - That's really cool of them. DQ was one of my favorite places as a kid - Mom would walk us there for a Dilly Bar, remember those?

    KRISTI - yeah, they did! I found some at a small store a few months ago and bought $10 worth, lol!

    NICHOLAS - Yes, they did once upon a time - now the almonds are all little bits stuck in caramel - the original Mars bars didn't have caramel.

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  6. i love Tootsie Rolls,I hope my boys get plenty of those!

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  7. would love to receive #3,8 and the perfect 13 to cap the day! Perfect...:)

    my T13 Halloween edition.

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  8. I used to love popcorn balls. Then people stopped giving them away because of a few bad apples.

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  9. My favs are those rockets and mini chocolate anything LOL Sigh, this is the first Halloween where my kids are too old to go out. I think I'll still be the candy even though I live in an apt now LOL I don't think it will go to waste *wink Happy Halloween!

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  10. FICKLEMINDED - Are you planning to pounce on your boys Halloween candy when they get home?? Bad Mama, Bad Mama! LOL. Dear Fickleminded 's Children: Beware your parent has eyes for your Tootsie Rolls!

    IVAN GIRL - Well, you are a sister chocoholic I see!

    ALICE AUDREY - Isn't it a shame how a few rotten apples spoil everything? I really feel bad for kids today not being able to experience something so joyful and fun as Trick or Treating without fear! As I've said before, we baby boomers grew up in more innocent and simpler times and I do think our childhoods were the richer for it.

    ADELLE - You know, you should join me on my Retro Halloween Pajama Party Tomorrow! We adults are going to take a little rocket trip back to the Halloweens of our youth! Get your costume and just listen online or even call in to join the fun!

    IN FACT: You're all invited! Let's all creep back down to the haunted houses of Halloweens past! The more the scarier!

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  11. I'm making caramel apples for tomorrow--just for us, the brother- and sister-in-law and nieces, though. I always remember my aunt gave out the best popcorn balls for trick-or-treating. We usually had homemade doughnuts and paper cups of apple cider for the trick-or-treaters. It was the 60s--still quite a lot different from today.

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  12. GREAT post. I just made some Caramel apples, but I'd never be allowed to distribute them for halloween. Sad. Huh.

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  13. I often regret my own kids can't enjoy some of the things I did. OTOH, they have access to things I couldn't even imagine as a child - mostly having to do with video games and internet.

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  14. DARLA - Oh, you were one of the good houses - homemade donuts and cider! I do remember getting homemade donuts and cider, maybe I hit up your house on a Halloween back then? Yes, I was one of those that still trick or treated until about 14 - just couldn't give up that free candy easy, lol.

    JOURNEYWOMAN and ALICE AUDREY - Yes, it's very sad and regrettable that today's children are kept from what was so much fun for us, but - as Alice said - they do have some things I would have loved when I was a kid!

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  15. Oh I wish I could step back in time for a night.lol Halloween was so much fun as a kid. I loved all the candy.lol I do recall getting fruit a few times. That sucked.lol Halloween is not a time for pushing your values on little kids. It's a waste of fruit too.lol I never did the rollin but, I do recall at least one of those homes getting TP'd.lol

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  16. Sarcasm - I wish I could step back in time for a lot longer than one night, lol!

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  17. #2 rules !

    I did a candy list this week too.

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  18. Popcorn balls and candy apples, yummy; I think I should make some. *grin*

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  19. Jenn - I'm heading over to check out your list!

    Scooper - after they're made could you e-mail me some?

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  20. I loved your list, I really enjoyed your web site too. I remember when a house gave full sized candy bars that was a haul....we ran all over the place with a pillow case for our candy...most of our costumes were homemade, we used an old sheet or our parents old clothes...it was so much fun.....do you remember a candy called mary Janes?

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  21. Yum! I miss homemade treats from all the neighbors you used to know! SIGH This made me so nostalgic for the good old days!

    Happy Halloween!

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  22. ARLENE - Pillowcases, lol. It seems we all used them in the good old days! Honestly, I really don't remember cute little buckets or bags like they have now - or maybe my family just didn't have the extra money for those things! But, let's face it, pillowcases gave you a lot more room for candy!

    POPPING - That's the whole point - nostalgia for the good old days! Glad I did an effective job, lol.

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