A Treat for Halloween

October 31, 2006

One of my very favorite treats when I was a kid was to find that my parents had included PEZ as a part of a holiday surprise. It wasn’t a sure thing and that made it even more special. There it would be; in a Christmas stocking, an Easter basket, or even for Halloween.

As the years passed I began to include them in holiday surprises for my own children. What do you do with the PEZ dispenser when the candy is all gone? Well, in our house you tucked it away just in case someone might gift you with a pack of those fruit flavored gems. After all, you just never know when the need for a dispenser may arise!

I hadn’t really given it much thought until I found myself face to face with a Halloween PEZ display at the fabric shop on Saturday. My kids are grown and I am yet to have a grandchild to share these prizes with *hint*. So, I did what any self respecting woman of my age would do. I brought one home anyway.

Jay asks what everyone is giving out to the kiddos this Halloween. Our basket is full of Smartees and Starbursts.

But I am saving the PEZ for myself! Trick or Treat!


22 Responses to “A Treat for Halloween”

  1. Swampwitch Says:

    What a great collection of Pez dispensers. I’ve never thought about starting a collection until reading your post.
    Happy Howl-o-ween.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    That is a mighty collection of Pex dispensers indeed. Somewheres I think I have a Snoopy one and a Bart Simpson one.

  3. Jay Says:

    That’s a cool collection of Pez dispensers.

  4. Ch3ll3 Says:

    I love Pez! My favourite Pez dispenser is my Boba Fett one.

    Interesting that you call those little rolled up candies “Smartees”. Here (Canada) they are known as “Rockets”. “Smarties” are something else entirely (kinda like M-n-M’s. Weird.

  5. susan Says:

    Good for you for treating yourself! Now go carve a pumpkin!

  6. Gary James Says:

    We didn’t have Pez in the UK. My favourite sweeties as a kid were palma violets, which are making a comeback 🙂

  7. debi Says:

    Oh what a great collection. I never liked Pez so I never saved those dispensers. What a shame. We don’t get trick or treaters out here in the country. We have to go into town. We go to our old block where we lived for many years and still know most of the neighbors and then fan out to as many streets as we can cram in. We take this whole candy thing seriously. I make those kids move it and fast.If one of them starts to complain they are tired it’s too bad. Move it,,free candy once a tear. When we get home they always tell me thanks for not letting them poop out and miss out. Our church is doing some “not halloween” thing,of course we are not going.I raised my kids up right!

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Happy Halloween gawilli! I like your Pez collection. I’m not entirely sure what a “Pez” is but the dispensers look great.

  9. willi Says:

    I thought you were buying knitting needles. Now I find out your buying Pez dispensers!

    Nice collection.

  10. mjd Says:

    I love the Pez containers; those dispensers bring back fond memories.

    The candy that Daddy D and I are handing out consists of little Milky Way bars and Twizzlers. Really though, we are not handing out any candy as we never get any trick or treaters on our scary dark street. I guess Daddy D and I will be eating Twizzlers and Milky Way candy bars.

  11. Ginnie Says:

    Your post takes me back. I used to love Pez candies and haven’t thought of them for years.

  12. gawilli Says:

    Swampwitch and Jay, I never thought about collecting them – we just never through them out!

    Luke – Welcome! I think my son had a Bart Simpson one at some point; not sure where it landed though.

    Ch3113 – I love Pez, too. When I bought these for my kids I would also buy the large pack of candies to go along with the dispenser…that way I was sure to get one. Or two.

    Susan – Just a ceramic punkin for us this year. We missed the boat on that one, but I sure enjoyed the ones your family carved! Who won?

  13. gawilli Says:

    Gary – I’m going to google Palma Violets!

    Hello Debi! We didn’t get many kiddos either tonight. When we first moved back to this house we only had a handful. It has grown gradually until last year we even ran out of candy. This year we probably had only 50 or so. Our church has a Fall Festival. It was two weeks ago. I don’t think we would want it to interfere with trick or treating. We raised our kids up that way, too!

    Tod – the Pez candies are rectangular shaped. They appear to be molded or pressed like tablets. Back in the day they were mainly fruit flavored. I think there might have been some chocolate flavored ones also, or maybe I made that up in my mind. If anyone out there can explain better, please help me out here…

  14. daddy d Says:

    Nice collection. One never has too many tools or toys. They both bring joy in the having.

  15. gawilli Says:

    Willi! I did buy knitting needles but I bought PEZ, too! I’m going to be a knit wit with the rest of the Tuesday afternoon crowd.

    MJD, we have lots of candy left over this year. Drats. I’ll trade you some Smartees and Starbursts for some Twizzlers and Milky Ways!

    Ginnie – you really should treat yourself to some!

    Daddy D! I agree – my appreciation for tools and toys has aged like fine wine. The more the better!

  16. Cazzie!!! Says:

    Yummo, Tom went and did trick or treat last night and got a whole bag full of things..all yummy 🙂

  17. dilling Says:

    SNOOPY PEZ!!!! You’re so lucky.

  18. Tink Says:

    I always just bought the pez, no dispensers. And never the yellow ones. They taste how Pledge smells. 😉

  19. graymama Says:

    What a neat idea! I love learning about different family traditions. I always looked forward to the shoe box filled with apples and oranges at Christmas from my gramms. When she was a little girl, this was a special gift she received when they had some extra money.

    We gave out little whistles, yo-yo’s, decks of cards, stickers, and kaleidoscopes.

  20. debi Says:

    I so enjoyed Raggedy Man,I went to the James Whitcomb Riley site and read the entire poem. Thank you for leading me there. I really liked “At Noeys House” too.

  21. Cazzie!!! Says:

    Oh, I had many a PEZ when I was a kid. My pa used to buy them for me from the corner shop there. I loved the candy too, with a can of TAB to drink aswell.

  22. Anonymous Says:

    Oooh a ladybug Pez dispenser! Nice.

    I have a couple of ceramic pumpkins too. They are great, aren’t they?


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