Halloween candy changes from generation to generation. The candy we had as a kid is usually the candy we like for life. I do not see the appeal of the candy kids eat today, but I am sure my parents felt the same way about me.
When I was a kid, there were fears of razor blades in candy. I am pretty sure this was an urban legend, but it was real to us. After trick-or-treating, my dad would examine all of our candy piece by piece feeling it for any foreign objects. He also charged a “fee” for this…which we paid in candy. He took a few of his favorites to keep for himself. I was happy to give my dad all the Tootsie Rolls in my bag since I did not like those anyway.
It was also a time when candy was not the only thing handed out to kids since everybody knew everybody for the most part in the neighborhood I grew up in. We also got pencils from teachers, toothbrushes from the dentist, a stack of pennies from another neighbor and once a goldfish from a pet store owner. Yes, a real goldfish in a plastic bag filled with water. We had to give those back.
Now that I’m on the other side of the trick-or-treat bag, I sometimes think of giving out whole candy bars, but have never done it. Instead I hand out my favorite candy…things like Kit Kat, Snickers, Smarties and Skittles. I wonder what the kids think of me.
What is your favorite Halloween candy?