Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Cereal Box Masquerade


Even the inanimate objects are dressing up in Halloween costumes here. The little cereal boxes decided to be -  treats.

So picture this:

You're all dressed up like Grandpa from The Munsters.* Grandpa from The Munsters with a bad case of seasickness. So he's grumpy and green and he really needs something good to happen. As for you, you want candy. It's Halloween after all - the festival of free candy! And boy, things need to get better soon. It's been pencils and apples mostly, so far. Oh, and a few molasses taffy kisses, the kind with the orange and black paper wrappers that are welded right onto the taffy.

Ding-dong, trick or treat!

This can't be happening. Surely it is a bad dream. Maybe Grandpa never got off that boat and you're both drifting in a skim milk sea of bad luck and Alphabits that spell L-O-S-E-R.. Because - mini boxes of breakfast cereal? For Halloween? Oh, Mrs. Post, you just didn't!

Oh yes she did though! And the box even says Treat-Pak. The corporate Post Ghosties think this is a great idea. They even think you won't play any tricks, you will be so happy!

At the bottom, a tiny picture of the same kid is saying "All Post cereals happen to be just a little bit better." Just a little bit better than - than what? What else has Mrs. Post got on hand tonight? Goody bags filled with Bran Flakes? Skim milk cartons and spoons? Or something even more sinister?

Guess which house everyone's going to be covering in toilet paper tonight.

*Good trick that, because this ad predates the TV series by several years. The Munsters ran from 1964 to 1966, and this ad is from 1958.

What was the worst treat you ever got trick-or-treating? Please share! (Mine were mini boxes of Chiclets, and pencils.)

[From Life, October 27, 1958. That gave everyone four days to rush out and buy Treat Paks. Oh, and toilet paper.]

24 comments:

Buggys said...

Oh, the rotten eggs would be flying at my door if I tried to give out cereal for halloween! Nuts, wouldn't really work today. Our kids have expectations!

Lidian said...

Buggys - That they do! I would never dare give out cereal...

FreshHell said...

God, I would have loved to have received a box of cereal for Halloween! I think the worst was the toothbrush I got from some (I assume) dentist in the neighborhood. Next would be the box of raisins.

Blondie said...

LOL! My favorites were always good old Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and anything with marshmallow! I hope you have a fantastic Halloween! Kori xoxo

Jen said...

A tiny box of cereal would be a fun treat! I thought it was so much fun splitting the box down the side, and pouring milk right in. My mom would never let us get them because they were expensive compared to the big boxes.

Worst Halloween treats I ever got were anything wax. I never knew what to do with them, I didn't know anyone who ever did.

Eric said...

I was given a box of left over Valentine day hearts. You know the little antacid-like ones? ugh.

Tori Lennox said...

The worst thing I can recall was fruit. I like fruit but, hello? Not for Halloween!!!

But I have to say, fruit would beat boxes of cereal. LOL!!!

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Cereal? That's not exactly a rockin' halloween thing is it? I totally would not have love that...no not at all...

Guess oatmeal packets would have been worse - but this would have only seemed better if the neighbors were giving oatmeal :)

feefifoto said...

My mother used to buy the kidney fundraising candy and we got whatever was left over. The neighborhood kids didn't want it and neither did we. Eventually she started giving money to the kidney fund and buying Snickers for Halloween.

Lidian said...

FreshHell - Oh yeah, raisins! I forgot about those. Not good. And the toothbrush, wow, way to put a damper on things, huh? lol

Kori - You can't go wrong with marshmallows! And I like PB too :)

Jen - I used to do that - rarely - at breakfast, putting the milk in the box. Or maybe I just did it the once, and never was allowed to again (I think it was kind of messy). I never got wax stuff but they do look mystifying - what exactly is the appeal of the little wax bottles and the big lips?

Eric - That IS a depressing pseudo-treat.

Tori - As Junie B. Jones would say: "I didn't say Trick or Fruit."

Tracy - If they did give you oatmeal, and someone else gave you mini boxes of raisins - hey, that's a party for breakfast!

feefifoto - Fundraising chocolate is not wonderful, as a rule - I don;t know why. Though the HS stuff around here is not too bad. Expensive though.

Jude said...

I got a packet of Popsicle sticks once or maybe they were tongue depressors either way I wasn't real happy I couldn't trade them for anything.

Lola said...

Smarties or ring pops. Smarties were just so cheap and ring pops were considered for toddlers, not big kids. Lol!

The Bewildered Brit said...

Oooh! I used to love those little boxes of cereal! They were such fun!

Except the Cocoa Pops. Never liked Cocoa Pops (called Cocoa Krispies in the States?). I'd give them to my sister.

Mind you, I think I'd have been a bit miffed if I'd been given a fun-sized pack of Raisin Bran when out trick or treating.

Lidian said...

Jude - That is really a terrible trick of a so-called treat! I think that may be the worst I have heard yet.

Lola - Well, Smarties are fairly popular in Canada but...ring pops, I hate them. They make everything so sticky! I remember my girls liked them only when they were really little, you're right that they are not cool for older kids.

The Bewildered Brit - It's the context that makes all the difference, isn't it. Little boxes of cereal were cool in the morning, not cool 12 hours later in a trick or treat venue...

ptg said...

Worst? Ice cubes wrapped up in candy wrappers. They melted and the bottom fell out of my paper treat bag.

Georgina said...

3 rock hard marshmellows in a baggie with a short-and-curly. (If I have to tell you what a short and curly is, you don't want to know.) Ewww. - G

Beth (Margie and Edna's Basement) said...

I used to hate to get pennies, there was one neighbor who always gave them out instead of candy. I imagine it was cheaper for them to do that than to give out candy, but they always sunk to the bottom of the bag and got all sticky. Bleck.

Lidian said...

ptg - That is absolutely awful! I am trying to imagine someone preparing them..

Georgina - I second that ewww!

Beth - I think I may have got some pennies, too. I didn't much like them either.

Michelle Gartner said...

I think the worse treat ever is those bit of honey- I lovingly refer to those as bite of crap.

Frogs in my formula said...

Wow, flashback. I remember when those little cereal boxes were such a gift--I actually got to have some sugary cereal. I'd forgotten all about those.

Staci said...

Raisins. Not that raisins are bad per se, but who really wants "nature's candy" for Halloween. Give real candy or nothing at all.

Lidian said...

Michelle - Yeah, they can be very hard and break your teeth, though I didn't mind the taste (I think).

Frogs in my Formula - I had forgotten about them too!

Staci - I never appreciated the raisins. I just found an ad with happy children thrilled about the raisins but I might save it for next year :)

Michael said...

Cereal for Halloween is like school supplies for Christmas. Just not something that will give most kids a real jolt of joy. And those little boxes are so expensive. I can see why the mask is a little green around the gills! Love your blog. I have been reading through older posts for a while, and I really enjoy what I see here!

Lidian said...

Michael - Thank you, and welcome! I have some stuff over at WP too, sort of my attic or storage room that needs to be sorted out and - um, uploaded here. But so far you can only do this by cutting and pasting. And alas, I am lazy. But there are a couple of months' worth of posts over there.