Trick-or-Treaters Want Cash, Not Treats

Trick-or-treat or Trick-or-cash? A new survey says many kids don’t want candy this Halloween. They want money.

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The little witches, vampires and princesses who show up on your doorstep on Halloween may be hoping your treat bowl is full of cash, not candy.

Fifty-three percent of parents of trick-or-treaters said their kids (ages 4 to 10) want you to put money, instead of candy or toys, in their trick-or-treat bag. That’s according to a new survey from coupon and discount code website

“I’d be disgusted if a child asked for money instead of candy,” Pamela Eyring, the president of etiquette school The Protocol School of Washington, D.C., told MarketWatch. Eyring said it’s important for parents to instruct their children to be polite and grateful, no matter what they receive.

Americans spend big bucks on candy for trick-or-treaters, about $2.2 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

I have a 4-year-old who squeals with excitement every time she gets a piece of candy. Regardless of what she receives when trick-or-treating, she knows she needs to say thank you and be grateful.

But any kid who shows up at my front door expecting cash on Halloween will be sorely disappointed, no matter how much I like the costume.

What do you hand out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween? Did cash ever enter your mind? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

Krystal Steinmetz
Krystal Steinmetz
A former television and radio reporter, I stay at home with my two young children, run a small craft business and freelance for Money Talks News. I have a BA in journalism ... More


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