Would You Like a Potato in Your Trick-or-treat Bag? When people are asked to rank the items they've received during trick-or-treat night in their childhood, you can be assured that the aggregate results will be full-size candy bars at the top, and toothbrushes given out at the dentist's house near the bottom, ranking second only to Chick tracts in disappointment. So it might surprise you to find that potatoes are often a popular Halloween treat. In Calgary, redditor kuebed opened the door to trick-or-treaters and gave them a choice between candy or a potato. Of the 102 children who came to the door, 84 selected candy and 18 (17.65%) chose to take a potato.​Sarah Ross of Milwaukee gave out raw potatoes for Halloween and had such a great reaction from kids that her story went viral! Replies to Ross's potato story included folks who had given out unusual treats (potatoes, onions, ramen noodles) in years past and got a good reaction. Minnesotastan offered trick-or-treaters a choice of a bag of chips or a seashell. He has done this for years, and has found that the percentage of children who selected a seashell has gone up over time, with a large majority selecting a seashell in 2022. ​The crucial part of these experiments is the element of choice. A lot of children will choose candy, but for those who went the other route, what they got a was special. Every trick-or-treat night involves candy, and there are only so many kinds of store-bought candy to be given out. Amongst all that sugar, a potato is unique, and therefore exciting. When a child gets a potato or seashell, they can't wait to tell everyone, and suddenly "that house" is one that all their friends want to visit. You can be assured that that house, and that Halloween, will be the one they remember for years. (Image credit: kuebed) #trickortreat #potato #noncandytreat
The Dos and Don'ts of Taking Your Kid Trick-or-TreatingThe day is nearing that your children have been looking forward to since school started: trick-or-treat night! The night your children can be whatever they want to be, until they get tired or their costume becomes too scratchy, and they receive all the candy they can handle and more. It's pretty exciting for parents, too, but things can get out of hand when adults try to make trick-or-treat an opportunity to relive their childhood, or even worse, make it perfect. Much like Christmas or a wedding, perfection can take all the fun out of the experience. Lifehacker takes us through seven things to keep in mind to make trick-or-treat night safe, fun, and less stressful than it can sometimes be for both parents and children. This year could be a cherished memory for your children and neighbors! -Thanks, WTM!(Image credit: The Forum News) #trickortreat 
10 Halloween T-Shirts that are Spooky and FunLove Halloween but don't want to wear cumbersome costumes? T-shirts to the rescue: wear comfy shirts with cool Halloween-inspired designs created by indie artists instead.Check out Spooky Daily's top 10 selections of spooky and fun Halloween T-shirts that you can wear all day and all night long. Best of all, these are all available in inclusive sizes, including Big & Tall up to 10XL.Get them from the NeatoShop: Halloween T-Shirts​Wide Range of Sizes, Including Big and Tall up to 10XLThe NeatoShop's Halloween T-shirts are available in a wide range of sizes, including unisex and ladies slim fit (from S to 2XL), and Big and Tall T-shirts (sizes: 3XL, 4XL, 5XL, 6XL, 7XL, 8XL, 9XL and 10XL). They carry youth/kid sizes, toddler tees, and baby snapsuits as well, with worldwide shipping.Design above: Hello-ween by Harebrained Design features a walking Jack-O-Lantern tipping the top of its head as if it's a hat, saying "Hello ... ween" (get it?) The smiling pumpkin is silhouetted by a full moon and accompanied by two flying bats.#Halloween #HalloweenShirts #Featured
A Halloween PSA from 1977This 1977 film is delightfully retro and creepy. It wasn't meant to be creepy, just a little ominous because it's a safety film for trick-or-treat night. There are many ways Halloween costumes can be dangerous for little kids, and these tips for making them safer are pretty good. I especially liked the makeup sequence, as the kids looked so much better in face paint than in those cheap, ugly masks. The kids at the party looked awesome, despite the cheap polyester costumes, because I remember trick-or-treating back in the say, and half the kids I would see were dressed as "hobos," meaning they didn't really plan a costume at all.Trick-or-treat has changed a lot since then. We now have reflective tape and glow sticks. No kid would ever think of trick-or-treating on a bicycle. Their parents accompany them. Expanded Daylight Saving Time means trick-or-treat is mostly over before dark. And Halloween revelers don't stay in their own neighborhoods; they go to an area where the houses are dense, the terrain is level, and there are sidewalks and street lights. In other words, my neighborhood. Decades after the poison candy panics, we are used to inspecting our kids' candy when they get home, but it's mainly to appropriate the Reece's peanut butter cups and other premium treats. -via Mental Floss​#vintage #PSA #trickortreat