Recalling The Worst Halloween 'Treats' Of Yesteryear

When you think back about your halcyon trick or treating days, all the good times blur into one another and it’s the nasty stuff that comes to mind. For instance, the old lady on the corner who gave you apples or the creepy dude across the street who passed out tooth brushes.

Penny shares your pain and blogs through her emotional scars to list the nastiest so-called treats from her 1980s childhood.

Among the nightmares she recalls a stack of pennies wrapped in tape, chalk-like Necco wafers and the styrofoam-like affront to humanity known as circus peanuts.

I shudder at the recollections of Tootsie Rolls, candy corn and homemade sugar cookies my parents made me throw away.

What Halloween treats did you most despise?

The Worst Halloween Treats, Ever [The Penny Frugalista]

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  1. UCLAri: Allergy Sufferer says:

    Circus peanuts and candy corn.

    May they die in a fire.

    • radio1 says:

      Double true!

    • Preyfar says:

      No truer words have ever been spoken.

    • Angus99 says:

      I would only request that the fire be fueled with Peeps. Not Halloween-ie, I know, but deserving of the same circle in Hell.

      • myCatCracksMeUp says:

        In addition to circus peanuts and candy corn, I love peeps. I guess I love just about everything that is almost completely pure sugar.

      • katarzyna says:

        I give peeps to my nieces for Easter, mostly for decoration. But my brother apparently loves them, and ends up eating them all. He also loves brussel sprouts, so, who knows?

    • enabler says:

      The way to tolerate candy corn is to mix it with dry roasted peanuts. Then it’s not bad at all. Otherwise, yuck.

      Circus peanuts and Necco wafers have to be the worst “candy” ever.

    • RadarOReally has got the Post-Vacation Blues says:

      I love both circus peanuts and candy corn. Now, as a vegetarian, I can’t eat the gelatin in the circus peanuts and I miss them :( Some candy corn is ok, though, and I just realized I haven’t stuffed my maw with any yet this season!

    • Michaela says:

      Candy Corn is amazing though!

      Personally, I hate smarties. They taste like chalk. Reese’s also taste gross, but I think that is just because I hate creamy peanut butter.

      • Absinthe says:

        Happy, fruity flavored aspirin. Love em. then again I enjoy letting non-buffered aspirin dissolve in my mouth.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        I looove Smarties and Reese’s cups.

      • dangermike says:

        There’s a reason for that, you know. They actually *are* chalk. Seriously. Calcium carbonate. They’re basically tums doped up with sugar, citirc acid, and flavor/colors.

        (and don’t get me wrong. They were always one of my favorites.)

    • myCatCracksMeUp says:

      I absolutely love both circus peanuts and could eat them all the time, if only they were calorie free, or close to it.

    • kuhjäger says:

      I am pretty sure those things would burn forever, like thermite.

    • haggis for the soul says:

      My teeth literally ache if I imagine biting a circus peanut.

    • skywatchbob says:

      I agree. Those do suck.

    • Segador says:

      I love those circus peanuts.

    • invisibelle says:

      If you’ve never seen Lewis Black’s bit on candy corn… find it, trust me.

  2. spazztastic says:

    Why did you have to throw away Tootsie Rolls?

    • fatediesel says:

      Maybe because a tootsie roll could be opened, tampered with, and repackaged. I never had to throw out Tootsie Rolls but that’s just my guess.

    • Preyfar says:

      Only Tootsie Rolls I ever liked were the flavored ones, but those were so rare to find. I know people /like/ Tootsie Rolls, but my god, they just dominate your teeth.

    • ElizabethD says:

      I threw my Tootsie Rolls away because they tasted horrible. Chalky, chewy sort-of chocolate? No thanks.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      I make my own tootsie rolls at home (no really, I learned the recipe in the girl scouts!)

    • 99 1/2 Days says:

      I’m thinking he only had to toss the cookies.

      Ew.

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  4. fantomesq says:

    She complained about rolls of stacked pennies? What kind of kid is this?!?

    • DrStarkweather says:

      EVERY kid I’v know. You realize a candy bar at Walgreens is like a dollar now, and some dude whose house smells like cat pee gives your kid 8 cents? Don’t spend it all in one place…

      • SunnyLea says:

        Dude, she can bite me. The old lady down the street from me only ever gave us a penny. A penny. As in one.

        Stacks would have been exciting.

        • lilyHaze says:

          That sucks. One year a neighbor gave out quarters. That was a magical year. I think he learned his lesson because he never did it again.

  5. cosmic.charlie says:

    mmmmm Necco Wafers.

  6. ptkdude says:

    Alright you bastards. Send me all your circus peanuts, NECCO wafers, and tootsie rolls. Maybe even some Mary Janes. And quit yer bitchin’!

    • ArcanaJ says:

      Hey now, I get half those unwanted circus peanuts. Mmmm… circus peanuts…

    • Sky75 says:

      Cut me in for a share, I freaking LOVE those things. AND candy corns. My mom loves neco wafers, she used to pick them out of my candy basket.

    • DeepHurting says:

      And here I thought I was the only one who liked Necco Wafers and Circus Peanuts.
      Thanks Internet! I don’t feel like such a freak now!

    • mebaman says:

      The Mary Janes – those are those peanut-nougat thingies that come pre-melted in orange and brown waxed papers, right? If so, I’ll second. I used to feed them to the dog (assuming I could actually separate them from the wrapper).

  7. eccsame says:

    toothbrushes and pennies.

    • dangermike says:

      I had to do a double take there. I was scrolling through quickly “pennies” looked like something quite different, though spelled similarly.

  8. penuspenuspenus says:

    Circus peanuts and candy corn are the best.

  9. digital0verdose says:

    I’m a weirdo, I like candy corn and Necco wafers.

    Smartees were probably my least fav if only because of sever over use by the neighborhood homes.

  10. lilacorchid says:

    Those nasty little candies with the black and orange wrappers with the cats and witches on them. They looked like toffee, but tasted like crap.

    • DoktorGoku says:

      YES! I don’t know what they were called, but they’re the only candy that I fear.

    • MustWarnOthers says:

      Ugh, I vote this as well (this is coming from someone who likes Circus Peanuts so my opinion is probably worthless).

      Those orange and black candies were like fake peanut butter flavored taffy. Ugh.

    • TouchMyMonkey says:

      And sold for maybe 89 cents a pound. Cheap cheap cheap.

    • Angus99 says:

      We would take those, unwrap them, and create one gigantic version by pounding them together with our fists. Then we’d wet them, and throw them at passing cars. Good times.

    • cardigan says:

      THIS.

      Every time I attempted to open one of those hunks of sadness, the package would inevitably get stuck on the toffee, leaving me to chew on some paper/molasses nightmare. If not for anything else, it teaches you what houses to avoid the next year out.

    • perfectly_cromulent says:

      Agreed! These were just terrible!

    • Mulva says:

      Do you mean peanut butter kisses? My mom’s favorite *shudders*

      http://www.groovycandies.com/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=793

      • mianne prays her parents outlive the TSA says:

        Figures.. I comment that no one in this entire thread likes those, and you refer to someone (though not yourself) who actually does. And at least from the link you provided, not an inexpensive candy.. I assumed we were only tormented by them because they were under $0.50 a pound or something.

      • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

        Wow, really? I <3 those. They were my absolute faves. Impossible to open but soo soo worth it.

  11. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    Salted licorice from the German lady down the block.

    Jack Chick tracts.

    Anything that wasn’t food or a gumball-machine-type toy.

    Anything that was food but wasn’t candy.

    • UCLAri: Allergy Sufferer says:

      As a kid, I hated Jack Chick.

      Now I love him. Not because anything he says is agreeable, but because he’s just hilarious. Jack Chick is like the /b/ of Christianity.

      • Fight Back Against David Horowitz! says:

        I thought Chick tracts were great as a kid…they were often so salacious, and they activated my adolescent imagination in what was surely unintended ways!

        I’m going to hell, for sure.

        That said, I never got any for Halloween, but instead from people handing them out in front of the grocery store every weekend.

    • Donathius says:

      I’ve seen a few of his things. They’re pretty funny. Especially the anti-Mormon one (I’m a Mormon and I think it’s hilarious).

      • LastError says:

        As a kid, they scared me to death with threats of going to hell for doing awful things like looking at girls.

        Then I realized I had been doing that for years without know it was “wrong” so I was already surely doomed to hell, so I might as well keep on doing it.

        It’s worked out just fine that way. Hell’s got to have a space reserved for me by now. :)

    • RayanneGraff says:

      I feel so left out cause I never once got a Chick Tract :’(

  12. jaroth says:

    100 Grand?! Are you kidding me? Those are delicious.

    • dulcinea47 says:

      I know! I bought them of my own volition many times as a kid… still do every great once in a while. It’s chocolate, caramel, and rice krispie-like things, what’s to complain about?

    • Murph1908 says:

      I agree.

      But Nestlee took them out of their variety pack this year, which saddened me.

      • UncleAl says:

        They must have put them all in the Nestle variety packs for Sam’s Club, rather. Sometimes good to be a member…

    • Skankingmike says:

      I know aren’t they gone now?

      They were so good though it’s like a Carmel induced crunch bar

    • katarzyna says:

      I know! I still love ‘em.

    • Platypi {Redacted} says:

      Agreed. This “blogger” has two strikes against her in my book. You can’t classify 100 Grand in with Necco wafers and Circus peanuts. And she used -ista in her blog name. Such an idiotic, banal, trite phrase.

  13. huckle says:

    Swedish fish.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Just swedish fish, or any gummi-based candy? To me there’s not much difference, I’ll eat any of them. (The only thing I really didn’t like much are Necco wafers, and I’d still eat them when everything else was gone.)

  14. mergatroy6 says:

    How could she not like Chunky bars?!

  15. PAConsumerist says:

    The dreaded popcorn ball. Take the stalest, grade-Z popcorn ever popped, flatten popcorn and slice in half, reform into a ball, add barely-sweetened corn syrup to hold all contents together, and you have a treat that disappoints both on Halloween AND Christmas (A “literal” stocking stuffer).

    • Jedana says:

      I make popcorn balls for the kids and their friends (not the trick or treaters, just people we know).
      I have 2 different recipes. One uses marshmallows and M&Ms. The other uses a caramel base.
      No complaints on either one.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      yah. Storemde popcorn balls are… meh.
      But homemade popcorn balls are the BEST!
      My MIL makes them with marshmallow fluff, and then dyes the fluff crazy colors.

  16. D0rk says:

    Taffy, any kind. Be it the Laffy kind or the saltwater homemade variety, I can’t stand the stuff.

  17. CBenji says:

    I didn’t like Good N Plenty’s, but would love those candy’s on paper that you can’t find anywhere anymore. I also used to hate black licorice. Yucky!

  18. minjche says:

    We had one family about a block away who gave out king-size candybars.

    I’ve eaten a circus peanut once, and that is why I have not eaten a circus peanut again.

    • fatediesel says:

      I had a neighbor who worked for Nestle that would give out king size candy bars. I would change costumes multiple times during the night and visit the house around 6 times. He never caught me, but we lived in a busy trick or treat neighborhood so he probably saw so many kids that he wouldn’t notice someone coming multiple times. I bet he’d give out 500 candy bars each Halloween.

    • myCatCracksMeUp says:

      Where I live now we get about 8 to 15 trick or treaters, max. Often its 5 or less, and two years ago we got none.

      Because there are so few I buy a box of king-size candy bars from Costco to give to the kids, then take the left overs to work.

  19. NettyM says:

    One house always gave each kid a single pretzel rod. And we always made a game of tossing them down the very next sewer grate. Ah, tradition.

  20. MustWarnOthers says:

    I actually like circus peanuts.

    I have no idea why. I often use my ingestion of Circus Peanuts to gross out other people when they happen to be around. That says a lot about Circus Peanuts.

    I think I like them for the same reason I like stale Peeps.

    • mebaman says:

      A circus peanut is actually just a giant “marbit,” otherwise known as one of those things that passes for a marshmallow in the Lucky Charms and other similar cereals. Ergo, you can make your own marshmallow cereal by putting your circus peanuts in a Slap Chop and pouring them into your standard Cheerios.

  21. JulesNoctambule says:

    My husband loves candy corn to the point where he keeps it in the house year-round. I’m considering staging an intervention.

  22. TouchMyMonkey says:

    Aw, come on! Mary Janes are full of win!

  23. Andnowlights says:

    Circus peanuts. And tiny packs of 4 crayons. Or stickers. Where’s my damn Reeses?!

  24. Ihaveasmartpuppy says:

    Jesus cards. Seriously, that’s what one house gave out when I was a kid. We threw them in their bushes.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      Jesus cards, from people too goddamn cheap to even give Jack Chick tracts.

      • RayanneGraff says:

        There’s a special seat in hell for people who spoil childrens’ halloweens with religious crap, period.

  25. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    Someone in the neighborhood gave away coupons every year, like “Free kid-size fries at Burger King” and stuff like that.

  26. Grungo says:

    BIT O’ HONEY

    blecccch!

  27. BBP says:

    Candy Raisins. Seriously, who in the heck thought THEY were a good idea?!

    Other unpopular crap that I’d toss out of my Trick or Treat back as a youth:

    1. Peanuts – Honestly, WTF?
    2. Candy Buttons
    3. Anything “homemade” or otherwise “Unwrapped”
    4. Marshmallows – Cheap, cheap, cheap
    5. Necco Wafers – Chalky nonsense (‘cept the chocolate ones)
    6. Toothbrushes
    7. Religious pamphlets or mini-bibles – These people often got egged.
    8. Circus Peanuts – blargh

    • Sneeje says:

      You know, I think you might get arrested for attempted murder if you put peanuts in a kid’s candy bag now-a-days.

      • BBP says:

        Totally.
        And yet, I remember many a house that would just grab a handful and toss ‘em into our bags.

        Yeah, they got pitched.

        • RvLeshrac says:

          Kudos on 7. Because crime is always the answer.

          I loathe the religious, and loathe their little pamphlets, but it hadn’t dawned on me that I should go vandalise their houses.

  28. Darkrose says:

    Don’t hate on the Circus Peanuts!!

  29. no says:

    I love circus peanuts. I especially love the multi-flavor-packs of the, but even the normal chemical-banana flavor is good.

  30. ageekymom says:

    Apples! Really, if I wanted one of those, I could just ask my mom! Lame!

  31. Sunflower1970 says:

    Whoever came up with the concept of circus peanuts should have those things superglued to their body and given to an elephant to be chewed upon.

    Oh, I also hate candy corn and anything with marshmallow in the middle of it. Those always went to my brother.

  32. Rachacha says:

    Prayer Cards…

    We had a family in our neighborhood that believed Halloween was worshiping the devil, and they attended church service on Halloween night. They were however gracious enough to leave their light on with a bowl on the front porch filled with prayer cards and religious booklets. The ironic thing was that the minister of the church they attended also lived on our street and they gave out candy like almost everyone else.

  33. CTrees says:

    I always loved circus peanuts, but now, since not many are being produced anymore, they’ve become expensive and hard to find. I do not approve.

  34. Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

    Love/hate with Mary Janes. When they are fresh they are AWESOME. Once they get a little stale (and even “fresh” bags can have turned) they drop down to Circus peanut level.

    The worse thing is no Dad Tax this year. Just went over the line and qualify as diabetic.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      I have been there and I have the membership card. I have graduated from the Splenda and Equal-sweetened kid stuff.

      You’ll like candy made with xylitol (unless you have a dog, in which case don’t let him get near it). They even have “coffee shots.” You can make your own (soft) candy with it, too. Erythritol is almost as good.

      Avoid the sorbitol and mannitol crap unless you truly have a stomach made of cast iron, or the willpower to eat just one or two bites.

      • Sunflower1970 says:

        “Avoid the sorbitol and mannitol crap unless you truly have a stomach made of cast iron, or the willpower to eat just one or two bites. “

        Or if you’re constipated :-) Works wonders. Every time.

  35. Speak says:

    I always hated the Mounds & Almond Joy’s but that’s just because I never liked coconuts. The only other yuck item I got was from the “sweat old lady down the street” that my parents always forced me to stop at, and since they drove me around I didn’t have a choice (one pain about living in the country without many houses around). She gave out homemade cookies that were always stale if they were I type I ate or covered with coconut.
    I actually liked circus peanuts. I haven’t had them for years, now I want to buy some.

    • ElizabethD says:

      Coconut makes me (literally) GAG. So my mom got all those Mounds and Almond Joys from my trick-or-treat loot every year. Even the smell of coconut is repulsive to me. Have no idea why.

  36. El_Fez says:

    Granted it’s been several decades since I trick r treated (at least from the Gimme Candy side), but I always hated getting pennies. Even back then as a kid, I knew that pennies werent worth shite.

    Runner up?. Toothbrushes. Yeah, thanks. Way to kill the Love, bastards.

    Nowendays, I try and be the coolest house on the block by going to costco and picking up a box of full sized candy to hand out. None of this fun sized snacks for me, thank you very much!

  37. thelauhingsun says:

    omg now I’m craving circus peanuts.

    I never got to eat them as a kid because if they showed up in my treat bag, they were always loose and had to be thrown out. This made me want them, since I never got to know what they tasted like! I had my first one when I was in college and have been addicted ever since. They taste horrible and make me feel sick, but that’s what deprivation does to your psyche!

  38. BuyerOfGoods3 says:

    man…i lived in a small town up north. We knew our neighbors and neighborhood, and could always trust home-made treats.

    Todays kids are missing SO much.

    • Etoiles says:

      They did a whole program in my elementary school of, basically, how to fear your neighbors and be terrified of them trying to kill you on Halloween. *sigh* Took a lot of the fun out of being a second-grader.

  39. Etoiles says:

    My dad loves Necco wafers and my mom loves those circus peanuts. No idea what’s wrong with my parents.

  40. Kia says:

    What the hell is with the candy corn hate, candy corn is amazing! And those candy pumpkins are even better!

    The only things I really hated to get were popcorn balls and those orange and black wrapped peanut butter-y taffy-like things…I have no clue what the hell they were but they were awful.

    I hate how sanitized Trick or Treat has become. In my town now it’s a week before Halloween itself and at like 4 in the afternoon, chaperoned by parents driving children from house to house.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Candy pumpkins are awesome- the stuff they’re made from is called Mellowcreme, and every holiday has some variation of the mellowcreme candies. So I never have to worry about running out!

    • webweazel says:

      “chaperoned by parents driving children from house to house” That’s just sad.

      In our neighborhood, what shows up every year is, a whole group of kids/parents get together and one of them drives a truck with a big flatbed trailer on the back. They all ride on the trailer. They stop, and 20 kids scurry in all directions like cats. They round them all up after a few minutes, and drive to the next block.
      Great idea! And fun for all.

  41. Gravitational Eddy says:

    You know, now that I’m much older, I just can’t get “into” Halloween anymore.
    The choicest costumes at KMart don’t really fit me anymore, I mean, what’s the sense in buying an Ironman costume if I have to let it out a few hundred sizes so it’ll fit me….
    and those crappy candies? I’d like to remind you that if you give out any non-candy treats, I’ll be back after midnight with the toilet paper and the eggs….so lets see the Snickers and Hershey bars out there OK?
    Look for me, I’ll be the cute one in the real life sized Ironman costume.

  42. stottpie says:

    i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee circus peanuts

  43. ElizabethD says:

    The circus peanuts smell like pure chemicals. What IS that weird odor, anyway? It’s sort of banana-y. Why should an orange “peanut” taste like bananas?

    That being said: As a kid I kind of liked them. Now: no thanks!

  44. Doubts42 says:

    bible pamphlets. Hated them as a kid, and now hate them more as a parent.
    As a kid I just viewed them as cheesy/cheap. As a parent i get pissed off because I don’t need the creepy dude down the street trying to influence my child’s beliefs.

  45. B says:

    I used to live by the NECCO factory. I hated the wafers, and I hated the smell of that factory. Just horrible, horrible candy. Makes me feel bad for people who grew up in the 50s when they were considered a treat.

  46. Jane_Gage says:

    I didn’t stop trick or treating until I was 27. One couple on the main line gave me a six pack of imported beer.

  47. zandar says:

    I loved circus peanuts. and boston baked beans. and black licorice.

    Necco wafers, however, suck. It’s like they turned some extra Pepto-Bismol into candy. Worst excuse for candy ever.

  48. lockdog says:

    Bazooka joe. Stupid wrapper, always stale, and the flavor barely lasted thirty seconds.

  49. Me - now with more humidity says:

    Don’t be harshin’ on the NECCO!

    Raisins were the worst.

  50. Wolfbird says:

    There was this older couple a few blocks down that would give out ziploc bags full of trail mix and baked goods. They had a little handwritten tag with their address printed in there too, I guess because they thought people threw their stuff away because they feared it was poisoned or something. I guess that little kids do not like trail mix and burned oatmeal cookies never occured to them.

    There was also the “Best Price” guy. He got his name because he’d show up every year to my family’s charity garage sale (all proceeds to the local animal shelter) and attempt to unreasonably bargain with us. I went to his house three consecutive years– the first time I got a single piece of chewing gum, the other year I got an empty loot bag stapled shut and the third year we just trashed his pumpkins or something. I don’t even think he bothered carving them.

    Not really a worst sandy story, but a worst/best costume story. When I was finally too old to get candy I started giving it out at my best friend’s house. One of our classmates came to her door carrying a large armchair (the big comfy kind you sit on when you’re watching TV) and claimed it was his costume.

  51. kmw2 says:

    “Pirate’s gold” – a blast from the 1980s past, unfeasibly large cakes of orange powder the taste and consistency of baby aspirin. Sold, I have no doubt, for $1 per 50 at the local discount market. Dear gods, the horror!

  52. diasdiem says:

    Those weird generic caramel things in the black and orange wrappers.

    • mianne prays her parents outlive the TSA says:

      I read every comment on this article and haven’t seen anyone say they actually like those, unlike circus peanuts, candy corn, smarties, necco wafers, & black licorice.

      Can we declare those peanut butter-ish toffee/taffy/caramel abominations in the orange & black wrappers to be the absolute most universally reviled candy there is? I almost think I hated the Chick tracts less..

      Another nomination for horrible candy was Sugar Daddy’s. Yes, they tasted good.. but were too soft to suck like a lollipop, yet so hard it could pull teeth out long before you ever could worry about cavities.

  53. econobiker says:

    I didn’t like candy cigarettes because my dad smoked the real ones and the candy cigarette box was never as big as the real ones.I also hated candy cigs since they were sugar based chunks of candy versus chocolate – me being a pure chocolate child – no nuts in it just plain chocolate. We would play with the candy cigarettes and then throw them away…

  54. Me - now with more humidity says:

    I lived in a subdivision where several of us would hand out candy to the kids and beer to the parents. Made for a truly fun Halloween. One neighbor handed out martinis in plastic cups once — they were the cool kidless couple.

  55. phobos512 says:

    Nobody mentioned pencils? We had a librarian around the corner who always gave out pencils. Unsharpened to boot.

  56. Absinthe says:

    Bad:
    Bread sticks
    Mary Janes
    Sixlets (fake chocolate? Eww!)
    Reeses anything (not down with peanut butter)
    Fruit (pears, apples, oranges)

    Good:
    Blow Pops
    Smarties
    Tootsie Rolls
    Full sized anything

  57. lilah says:

    Add me to the list of those who love circus peanuts!

    A for Necco wafers, the chocolate ones are good, but the white ones taste exactly like sand. What flavor are they supposed to be?

  58. Chooi says:

    mmm circus peanuts and tootsie rolls!

  59. Donkey Hoti says:

    You hush your cursed mouth! Circus Peanuts are a culinary delight!

  60. elephantattack says:

    CANDY CORN RULES.

  61. Madman says:

    Tootsie Rolls? Really – what the heck is wrong with Tootsie Rolls Circus Peanuts I understand

  62. TacomaRogue says:

    Necco wafers are one of my favorites, but they’re so hard to find usually. Luckily the market across the street from me sells them.

    Candies that should be banned from existance include candy corn, circus peanuts, anything that includes Hershey’s milk chocolate and plain m&m’s.

  63. MFfan310 says:

    My vote: Necco’s Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses.

    Not Hershey’s Kisses, but, you know, those things that came in the orange and black wrappers. These were always popular among parents when I did trick-or-treating… and they were nasty. I tossed them out and went straight to the chocolate bars.

    Runner up: Good ‘n Plenty. I don’t like black licorice, and this is no exception.

  64. rubicthecube says:

    I read pretty much all the comments. While I agree with some of the responses, there is one item I always hated. Chewable flavored wax vampire fangs. When I first got them, I didn’t know I was supposed to gnaw on these evil onion flavored wickless candles. Who the hell chews wax? What makes it even worse, I still see these abominations being sold at candy shops.

    • RayanneGraff says:

      OMG… I HATE those nasty things. Absolutely DISGUSTING, who the hell actually likes wax teeth???

  65. GovtMinion says:

    Well, there was the neighbor who tried to hand out mini-Bibles and tell us all how she’d pray for our souls since trick-or-treating was an affront to God.

    Seriously.

    Can’t imagine how all of that silly string and toilet paper kept ending up in her tree every year.

  66. kataisa says:

    Baby Ruths, Mr Goodbar, licorice, gummi bears, wax bottles, Almond Joys, black jelly beans, and yes those nasty, nasty Mary Janes.

    I’m sure people who gave out disgusting candy did it on purpose so the kids wouldn’t eat it (or so they themselves wouldn’t eat any of the leftovers!).

  67. The_IT_Crone says:

    Jack Chick tracts and other religious garbage.

  68. john says:

    I just ate a small bag of circus peanuts yesterday. Mmm, good! I am odd since I hate snickers and milky way.

  69. Bonster says:

    I like NECCO wafers, but every time I’ve had them in the last few years, I’ve been ill. Now I steer clear, even though I just love the licorice and clove ones. I do, however, despise circus peanuts, so I’ll get behind that.

    We lived in apartments when I was growing up, mostly married student housing. We got lots of cheap candy, so I am well acquainted with Mary Jane taffy and Dum Dums, which seemed to be the default for cheap when I was a kid. We were just at the start of the tampered-candy scare, so we were still getting things like apples and cookies, which we didn’t eat. Hitting fraternity row was always a safe bet – a lot of them gave generously, including full-sized bars. As long as it wasn’t a Mr Goodbar, I’m happy (by the way, did you know it’s no longer made with milk chocolate? It’s primarily palm oil with enough cocoa for flavor. Ick.)

    I make grab bags for Halloween. We don’t get a lot of kids – dead end street – so why not? It’s a party-favor or ziploc Halloween bag with a couple pieces of candy, a little toy (glow in the dark spider rings this year) and usually a Halloween pencil or eraser and a sticker or two. It’s cheap and the kids really like it.

  70. ouijabored says:

    I don’t know what they’re called, I don’t know if they even have a name, but they’re some sort of weird disgusting taffy-like candy in black and orange wrappers. SO GROSS. And it always seemed like old people were the only ones handing them out.

  71. eltonwheelock says:

    That taffy stuff that comes in black and orange wrappers. My kids also got some candy called “Mary Jane” a couple of years ago. I didn’t let them eat it.

  72. yessongs says:

    POPCORN BALLS!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    God No!

  73. yurei avalon says:

    Let’s see, I always hated getting apples, raisins, cookies, bags of chips/popcorn/pretzels mainly ’cause I can have that stuff anytime, Halloween is special after all. And the first three usually were thrown away for safety reasons. Pencils/erasers were hit or miss, depending on if they were cool and Halloween themed or not. Pennies were yuck. I hated people giving out those lameo plastic spider rings and stuff like that, they do not stand up to the rigors of childhood. Stickers were also hit or miss depending on if they were just generic lameo stuff or cool Halloween themed ones….

    For candy I don’t like or eat a lot of the “older” candy such as mary janes or neccos. My mom always was happy to eat mine though :) I don’t much like gum, or licorice or those fake chocolates wrapped in foil shapes, like pumpkins or eyeballs.

  74. MedicallyNeedy says:

    I thought the camphor-ammonia after taste of Circus Peanuts was a little strange.

  75. Promethean Sky says:

    The fact that people even eat circus peanuts frightens me.

  76. DashTheHand says:

    Candy corn, generic doctors office lollipops, gum (generic), tootsie rolls, licorice (black flavor – yes, the flavor is black), wax teeth, strange off-brand candy, baggies of popcorn, change (typically pennies).

  77. tiz says:

    those FUCKING brown taffy things with stupid orange wrappers and witches and skeletons and whatnot on them. DISGUSTING!!!!!!!

    hahaha completely unrelated to this post, but still on the topic of Halloween, my favorite trick-or-treating memory! we were at this one house, and when they opened the door, we all said TRICK OR TREAT and there was like 5 of us and we were oh-so-cute! as the man was putting the candy in our bags, his wedding ring fell into my cousins candy! so we all had to sit there for like 10 minutes while they dumped out her candy and sifted through it, BAWLING her eyes out! (we were like 8 i’m pretty sure) too bad he noticed, that would have been a DAMN good treat!

  78. invisibelle says:

    Astro pops… I mean wtf flavor is that even supposed to be? Gross. And I think you’re really onto something here – photos of circus peanuts apparently work as great appetite suppressants.

  79. pastthemission says:

    I love all of the bad candy. Necco wafers, circus peanuts, and candy corn. Hate smarties though.

  80. BytheSea says:

    I liked necco wafers. Mmmm drywally.

    I gave my brother anything with nuts in. My favorite was Nerds because I wasn’t allowed to have them usually, and also anything gooey and minty.

  81. kaleberg says:

    So everyone loves Clark Bars, Skybars, Charlestown Chews and Dots. I always had a thing for Sugar Babies. You got to eat babies. That’s so Halloween.

  82. arachne says:

    One year I bought bags of candy cigarettes to pass out. The kids loved them, the parents not so much. I was a pariah for six months.

  83. Kardinal_Offsales says:

    These have probably already been mentioned, but I hated those vaguely caramel-like things that came in an orange and yellow wrapper with witch/pumpkin/bat motif. I learned much later that they are salt-water taffy. Not sure if they still exist or were ever available anywhere but Canada.

  84. BETH says:

    The worst treats:

    apples, oranges, mini-boxes of raisins

    circus peanuts
    Those rock-hard, burnt-tasting pieces of toffee that were wrapped in orange and black paper