In a survey of parents, here are the weirdest Halloween handouts:
Animal Food — Doggie bones and cat treats?
Inappropriate Literature — Age-appropriate comic books are acceptable, but Playboy magazines and religious pamphlets spoil the fun of Halloween.
Random Foodstuff — Besides apples, parents in the survey noted that their kids had received canned vegetables, potatoes, bulbs of garlic and frozen dinners.
Toiletries — Dentists commonly give out toothbrushes, but other personal hygiene frequent finds included sample-sized soaps, shampoo, conditioner and even band-aids.
Odds ‘n Ends — Free trial software CDs, golf balls, batteries, and packs of pushpins, bobby pins, staples and paper clips.
Out of Season Candy — Halloween candy is supposed to be gross — fake ear wax, boogers, scabs, and even gooey eyeballs are all fair game. But what’s really gross is the obviously leftover candy from a way-past holiday, like old chocolate Easter eggs and Christmas candy canes.
Marketing Material — Cards and coupons for everything from babysitting and bowling to roof repair and real estate have been discovered among the sweeter scores.