Knowing what I know about Halloween and kids and trick or treating, I hesitate briefly about advising anyone on what types of homemade treats to hand out Halloween eve.
Handing out something homemade is a good way to get yourself on the ‘skip list’.
You know, ‘that house on the corner isn’t giving out candy, don’t go there’ list.
It happens. Believe me. Kids talk. Kids talk to other kids and share their candy procurement ventures.
Trust me. You do not want to hand out something like a Rice Krispie bar or a popcorn ball to a bunch of kids. You may end up with a new set of lawn ornaments if you do this. Ones that look suspiciously like your Halloween handouts. The proverbial ‘trick’.
Perhaps something totally ‘cool’ would work. It would have to be something that they could use. Something that they cannot get anywhere else. It would almost have to be something so remarkable that they could use it as a trophy.
Hey, look what I got! The item would have to inspire a jealous frenzy in other ‘rick or treaters’, otherwise, I am afraid, you’ll be stuck with it. I don’t mean to be a wet blanket on any idea you have, but, you have only one chance to make a good impression… one screw up, and you’re done. No ‘trick or treaters …’
Unless, this is what you’re after, then, by all means, give out an apple. A cookie. Do not hand out anything that will hurt anyone, like I said, kids will pinpoint where they got their stuff and you will hear about it later!
If you are looking for what I’ve found kids seem to really go for, try the following:
Brownies. [The plastic wrapped store versions would be good.] If you do make homemade treats, make sure your phone number is on it. That will get your brownie home and into the ‘good pile’. After all, you must remember that you are on the ‘judged list’ when giving out treats. If you want to get it on the ‘good pile’, put your name on the bag with your phone number, so if there are any questions about it, they can contact you. OR, it may not get that far. The kids may dig in to that brownie bag and eat it before they get far away from your house.
Then, you might have the problem of kids coming back for another one, or coming back another day and sitting on your porch. Depending on what you want, you may want to consider all parts.
Some mother, just like you, is going to go out of her way to look through her kids candy or treats, and may not let her kid eat your offering. Keep that in mind!