10 Worst Treats to Hand Out on Halloween


Halloween is arriving shortly, which means stores are beginning to stock their shelves with Halloween goodies to give to trick-or-treaters. Whether it’s a chocolatey, nutty, candy bar, or a sugar filled delicacy, any treat is sure to draw children towards the door.  Unfortunately, many of these ghoulish goodies given to the gremlins and ghosts at the door may not be as popular as others.

  1. Bubblegum – What it makes up for in longevity it lacks in flavor. No one wants bubblegum in their buckets.
  2. Raisins – It’s not really fruit, it’s not candy, and it certainly isn’t satisfactory. Raisins are probably healthier than the majority of things that land in a Halloween bucket. Unfortunately, small children do not care about healthy. These shriveled up, former grapes are best put on a salad or into cookies.
  3. Good and Plenty – What looks like medicine on the outside and tastes atrocious on the inside? That’s right, Good and Plenty. As if black licorice weren’t unpopular enough, someone had the idea to cover it in pink and white shells to give it the appearance of pills. Yuck.
  4. Toothbrush – Meant to fix the problem that Halloween candy often causes, toothbrushes are a foolproof method of dental hygiene. Although they prevent cavities, they do bring a scowl to any dissapointed goblin’s face. If you’re looking to get TP’ed, handing out toothbrushes is the best way to do it.
  5. Pretzels – Adding some salt to a bucket filled with ‘sweet,’ pretzels aren’t half bad. However, this crunchy treat won’t fly for many sugar-crazy youngsters longing for full-sized candy bars and Sour Patch Kids.
  6. Flavored Tootsie Rolls – These chewy little treats typically remain at the bottom of Halloween buckets for months, left alone to die. A fraction as big as a Cow Tail, without the cream filled center or caramel taste. Flavored Tootsie Rolls have virtually no good qualities.
  7. Jelly Beans – This chewy candy is bad for one’s teeth, sounds disgusting, and usually comes in a variety of gross Halloween flavors around the end of October.
  8. Jawbreakers – Their name can be taken quite literally; especially taking into account all the small children who don’t know any better. They might as well be biting down on marbles.
  9. Butterscotch – Although great in a waiting room or on a dish in your grandmother’s foyer, butterscotch just doesn’t quite cut it on halloween. Smaller kids are too impatient to suck on it, and chewing them is a death trap. Also, many mothers are worried about the dangers of hard candy and choking. Butterscotch is best left alone on Halloween.
  10. Pencils – They smell like lead, they are reminiscent of school, and they definitely aren’t edible. No trick-or-treater would take a pencil over any candy; including the ones on this list. Pencils are literally the worst thing to hand out on Halloween.