Friday, October 28, 2005

The Parent Candy Trap


The indispensable has a page which features ideas for Candy Traps, which is the gimmick of scaring the kids coming up to get candy from your house. In days of old, it might have been your dad jumping out of the bushes with a Frankenstein mask or what-have-you. These are a bit more involved. Most are just sketches of ideas, but a few of them have been built and photos taken to document the process.

One of the better ones was Candy Trap - Hershey Bar.

I don't know about you, but I think the Camoflage Candy Trap would fill my pants and not my candy bag, if you know what I mean.

For those who might be thinking that scaring the kids is cruel, here's what Tom from has to say:

As and adult, if there was a house where someone jumped out of the bushes in a gorilla suit every halloween you would probably remember which house it was.

As a kid, you can never remember which house is which. One house a few streets away used to pull this game. We loved it, but I could never remember which house it was. We had major paranoia on halloween night. Houses with bushes were approached with much caution.

Still, the guy with the gorilla suit was the coolest house of the year.

As you would expect, a site called would have some pumpkins, too. Extreme ones, even. Each year they hold a pumpkin carving contest with some amazingly creative submissions. Here are the 2003 and 2004 winners.

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