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19th Oct 2023

Poll reveals the worst treats to hand out to trick-or-treaters at Halloween

Jody Coffey

It turns out kids actually have preferences for their treat bags.

A recent poll of 500 children, aged seven to 12, revealed which sweets they are more likely to turn their noses up at after a long night of trick-or-treating.

Hard toffees, broken biscuits, and old mints go straight to the top of the list for the most disliked treats given out during their trek from house-to-house.

According to The Irish Sun, this poll also found that stale crisps (fair), rice cakes, and even cough sweets are among the worst items they’ve have received in their Halloween bags.

Additional research recorded that of 2,000 adults, 48% believe the treats they gift to young trick-or-treaters were of a high standard.

23% confessed that they handed out treats to children that didn’t exactly match the vibe of Halloween (I admit I have probably committed this offence simply because I forgot to purchase ahead of the night).

Thankfully, I don’t fall into the next bracket. The study, commissioned by HARIBO, also discovered that close to one in 10 (9%) adults have actually had their treats rejected at the door due to not being up to standard. Yikes.

Learning this makes the next finding very understandable: More than half (56%) have pretended not to be home due to treat supplies dwindling or being empty by the time another knock comes to the door.

It also discovered that children who opted to dress up in classic horror attire, such as witches (14%), zombies (12%) and vampires (11%), earned the best.

While Batman (3%), Disney princesses (2%) and those dressed as Hermione Granger from Harry Potter (1%) didn’t see the return in their investment when it came to treats.

One in five (19%) acknowledge the work that children put into dressing up, 44% believe adults should take more notice of the efforts put into their costumes.

The poll documented that 61% of children consider Halloween to be their favourite time of year, with 40% admitting that receiving sweet was the best part of the occasion.