Halloween Social Experimentation

While Jeff took Harper and her friends around the neighborhood, Meredith and I sat on the steps and handed out candy to the 50ish kids who gadded about on Halloween.


Our cauldron (because we have a cauldron) was filled with Smarties and Tootsie Pop Drops and M&M’s [sic] and a bunch of shabby crap that we grabbed on the cheap. After a few toddlers stopped by and turned their noses up at our offerings, I ran to the pantry and grabbed twenty or so bags of fruit snacks to add to the pot.

The fruit snacks went fast.

Me: I think I want to try something.

Meredith: What?

Me: Let’s see if anyone will take the mac and cheese.

At that point, we stopped handing out the candy and allowed each visitor to reach into the cauldron (because we have a cauldron) and take what they wanted. Ten minutes later, the mac and cheese was gone. (The young boy who took it (a middle schooler named Zach) was Very Excited.)

Me: Let’s step it up a notch.

Meredith: What’s next?


I was surprised to learn that not many kids even recognized the Ramen.

Spiderman Kid: What’s that?

Me: Noodles!

Meredith: That’s the good stuff!

Spiderman Kid used his (really weak) spider sense and went for the final bag of fruit snacks.

Twenty minutes later, a group of girls came by dressed as characters that I didn’t understand.

Unrecognizable #4: RAMEN! I’M TAKING THE RAMEN!


Me: We are currently one step away from a tiny can of tomato paste.

Meredith: What goes before the tomato paste?

Me: Can of Soup.

Meredith: No one wants Can of Soup.

She was right. Can of Soup turned up his charm, put his best face forward, and prayed for a brief pillow case journey to someone else’s home. Sadly, he was consistently cast aside in favor of Dubble Bubbles, WarHeads, and even an unwrapped Tiger Pop, which happens to be the worst lollipop ever made.

Can of Soup, born under an evil star, is once again shelved—his potential unrealized.

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9 thoughts on “Halloween Social Experimentation”

  1. My daughter would of grabbed up the mac ‘n cheese (after quickly mentally calculating the value of the mac ‘n cheese over the various candy offerings). Can of Soup is heavy – when carrying a bag of loot, you must consider such things.

  2. Hilarious! I am hereby beginning to stockpile “alternative” treats for next year! Our annual assemblage at son Jeff’s place which is three doors down from a widely advertised haunted house fundraiser, had an off night — only a few more than 500 kids came begging. But I think the guy manning the counter clicker thingy may have been slacking.

    Also, despite years of proofreading, it has never occurred to me to question M&M’s. Booyah for you, Ms. Professional Editor!!

  3. I’ll kindly take that can/box/container of vanilla ice cream in the upper left corner, kplsthx.

  4. Excellent! Amy is right about the weight factor affecting the soup’s chance of being chosen. I would have picked it, but it would have been the only thing in my little round plastic pumpkin, so it wouldn’t be a burden. It delights me, though, the popularity of the mac and cheese. You are a genius.

  5. We were given a box of mac n cheese when we told the host how much we liked the hot chocolate packets she had just given us.

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