Kids in Toronto surprised to find a lot of weird stuff in their 2021 Halloween candy hauls
Halloween in and around Toronto seemed to be extra bustling this year, with so many people out and about partying and trick-or-treating that many residents online cited packed streets and even running out of candy despite preparing for hundreds of visitors.
I've heard tell of some areas getting low turnout of kids last night, but we had loads of kids last night in our little east-of-downtown Toronto neighbourhood. Felt like a completely normal Halloween.— Rumpleforeskin (@ABoyNamedSault) November 1, 2021
While there were plenty of amazing decorations and killer costumes to enjoy, as well as a few houses that went all out with their sweets offerings, some kids and parents found themselves a little surprised and disappointed at certain items in their hauls.
antivax postcards for trick or treaters. little italy in toronto. kids— straight up⚓ (@sobersojourner) November 1, 2021
Then, there were the anti-vax postcards that one Toronto man decided to drop into pumpkin buckets and pillowcases — cards that stated that the COVID-19 shot is experimental, that it is harming and killing many thousands of people all over the world, and that kids don't need it.
(He later told CTV News that he "absolutely does not feel bad" about the move, though he did have to face a number of angry parents.)
Finally, there were the just plain peculiar food items that no kid hoping for some chocolate could be happy with, including cans of SPAM, lobster paste, and sweetened condensed milk, as well as random packs of ramen.
This goes down in the books as the strangest thing my kids have ever gotten while trick or treating. I was there when they got it and could not believe it. #wtf #TrickOrTreat #Halloween #HalloweenTreats 🥱😳 pic.twitter.com/bp1RLLHTFp— Naomi Parness (@naomiparness) November 1, 2021
Handfuls of raw Brussels sprouts, fake costume moustaches, and birthday candles were also among the seemingly random household items that some parents reported recovering from their kids' loot, to their entertainment.
There were also some creative COVID practices in place, from using tongs and providing self-serve options to opting not to participate in the holiday at all.
In addition to treats, mine scored Brussels sprouts, a large black mustache, and a sparkly “2” birthday candle. pic.twitter.com/50CFcF1guf— Katherine Eichten Amlee (@KateAmlee1) November 1, 2021
Though pandemic Halloweens have obviously been far different than others in many ways, it's clear that some homes in the city got a little desperate and strapped for treats to distribute this year amid a surprisingly healthy turnout.
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