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Top 20 Ways To Confuse Trick or Treaters

Tonight is going to be a busy night for many people – opening the door and dishing out candy and other treats – and in some cases, hiding every time the doorbell goes. Why not add a bit of spice in to your Halloween this year with some of these clever ways to confuse trick or treaters?


1. Give away something other than candy. (Toothpicks, golf balls, bags of sand)

2. Wait behind the door until some people come. When they get near the door, jump out, wearing a costume, and holding a bag, and yell, “Trick or Treat!” Look at them, scratch your head, and act confused.

3. Fill a briefcase with marbles and crackers. Write on it, “Top Secret” in big letters. When trick-or-treaters come, look around suspiciously, say, “It’s about time you got here,” give them the briefcase, and quickly shut the door.

4. Get about 30 people to wait in your living room. When trick-or-treaters come to the door, say, “Come in.” When they do, have everyone yell, “Surprise!!!” Act like it’s a surprise party.

5. Get everyone who comes to the door to come in and see if they can figure out what’s wrong with your dishwasher. Insist that it makes an unnatural “whirring” sound.

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6. After you give them candy, hand the trick-or-treaters a bill.

7. Open the door dressed as a giant fish. Immediately collapse, and don’t move or say anything until the trick-or-treaters go away. When you answer the door, hold up one candy bar, throw it out into the street, and yell, “Crawl for it!”

8. When you answer the door, look at the trick-or-treaters, act shocked and scared, and start screaming your head off. Slam the door and run around the house, screaming until they go away.

9. Open the door and pretend to be drunk. Offer the trick or treaters a sampler of liquor (this is especially effective if the trick or treaters are with their parents) – this is a sure fire way to get rid of unwanted visitors!

10. Insist that the trick-or-treaters each do ten push-ups before you give them any candy.

11. Hand out menus to the trick-or-treaters and let them order their own candy. Keep asking if anyone wants to see the wine list.

12. Get a catapult. Sit on your porch and catapult pumpkins at anyone who comes within 50 yards of your house.

13. When people come to the door, jump out a nearby window, crashing through the glass, and run as far away from your house as you can

14. Answer the door dressed as a pilgrim. Stare at the trick-or-treaters for a moment, pretend to be confused, and start flipping through a calendar.

15. Instead of candy, give away colored eggs. If anyone protests, explain that the eggs are the only things you had left over from Easter.

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16. Answer the door dressed as a dentist. Angrily give the trick-or-treaters a two-hour lecture on tooth decay.

17. Answer the door with a mouthful of M & M’s and several half-eaten candy bars in your hands. Act surprised, and close the door. Open it again in a few seconds, and insist that you don’t have any candy.

18. Hand out cigarettes and bottles of aspirin.

19. Put a crown on a pumpkin and put the pumpkin on a throne on your porch. Insist that all of the trick-or-treaters bow before the pumpkin and adore it. This is particularly effective if you live in a Southern Baptist neighborhood.

20. Dress up like a bunny rabbit. Yell and curse from the moment you open the door, and angrily throw the candy at the trick-or-treaters. Slam the door when you’re finished.

Source: The Madness Mansion

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  • hahaha, if only i had trick or treaters come t my place

  • Juggz: they can’t get to mine unless they jump the fence because we have a secured front entrance – so I will be unable to practice too :)

  • Mathilda

    They can and will be coming to my place! Now I just have to decide which one(s) to use. I was planning on just giving out rocks like Charlie Brown always got, but these ideas are much better. I’m leaning towards the Pumpkin God. Should I make the trick-or-treaters sing Pumpkin Carols as well, do you think?

    Oh spooky night, the witches are all fly-ing, it is the night of our Great Pumpkin’s feast.

    • Napoleon 666

      Here’s another that works best if you live in a strongly Catholic (preferably Irish) neighboorhood: do some reading on the pagan origins of Halloween and dress up as a druid. Insists that before you give candy, you must sacrifice one of them to the Old Gods! XD

  • Oh they come to our door. I can’t wait til I am able to send my kids out on their own. Then I can play with these.

    btw…#9 why act drunk when you can really be drunk ;)

  • Patrask

    I actually tried #19 last year, though I insisted that the pumpkin was a god and each kid had to offer a human sacrifice to get any candy. :)

  • Generic Pawel

    It’s ghostmas not hallowe’en…. jeez!

    Great list btw

  • Adam W.

    A chainsaw works just fine.

  • Hahaha, cute! Makes me wish I wasn’t living on campus. Around here, 18 is likely to actually happen. o.O

  • ben

    definitely would be trying these but im going out for my own mischief. sorry no posts, my computer crashed last weekend

  • trebek

    I wouldn’t use those marbles in #3 if you value your windows. Not only are they not getting candy, but now they’ve got ammo. I remember taking revenge on any house that didn’t make with the treats. May as well give a zippo to a pyromaniac.

  • aplspud

    haha, I wish I had read these before the night was over. I only get about 10 trick or treaters, but I totally would have done some of these. Favorites are 2,3 and 17.

  • NestorV

    You should try to dress up like Santa Claus, and give out candy cane and tell them that you wanted to get a jump on the Christmas holiday.

  • Evilmofo

    Use some cotton to make webs like everyone else, only difference, go collect as many Real spiders as you can and put them all over your fake web. Dont want to give out candy but still scare. Do this over your front door then go in the back way.

  • NestorV: I love it. That is great.

  • Teeggus

    Carmel Covered Onion…. enough said

  • really?

    This is stupid. Not even funny at all. #20 almost made me laugh a bit. This is seriously the kind of sense of humor meant for nerds and geeks. I'm kind of a geek myself (found this on stumbleupon) and this isn't remotely funny. Most trick-or-treaters are like 6-10 years old, you really don't have to try that hard to confuse them. "Instead of candy, give away colored eggs. If anyone protests, explain that the eggs are the only things you had left over from Easter." They wouldn't protest, they're 8! They would take it and be happy. This is so stupid, I can't believe there have 20 people before me to actually think this is funny.

    • Rod

      Well, I don't know about that man, my 2 year old asks me for candy and if I would give him a painted egg he would protest, an awful lot.

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    • FarPlanePixie

      Seems one doesn't have a sense of humor. c_c

  • BadgerMan

    It’s a pity the trick or treaters in the UK demand money instead of candy and start coming to your house on the 1st of october! Great list though, have to admit I did the second one a few years ago, very funny.

  • revx2k1

    hahahahah wish i had read this last night.

  • RobS

    I’ve always wanted to hand out… soup.
    It would be a cold and dark night and as the little trick or treaters would come up onto my porch and with smiling faces say, “Trick or Treat!” and hold open their little bags, I would pour in a heaping ladleful of chicken noodle or mushroom bisque soup.
    Oh, can you imagine the looks on their little faces and I’d say, “Just a little something to take off the chill…”

  • RobS: haha that is so cruel!

  • NestorV

    Man, this list should of been posted a week ago.

  • aplspud

    Really?: You’d be surprised at how many teenagers go out trick-or-treating. Also, many of the kids are with their parents who could probably use a laugh while trudging around the neighborhood.

  • Tjgrs

    really?: dont be a douche…just cause you lack a sense of humor doesn’t mean everyone else is stupid

  • “Bags of sand”? I don’t know why, but that struck me as terribly funny.

  • the fatbasturd

    Really?: We had over 400 Trick or Treaters at our house. Most of them Jr. High to High School age.

  • dvhann

    ahahaha man, that fish thing was too good. i had only 3 trick or treaters this year.

  • aplspud

    fatbasturd: I’m very jealous. As a kid, my neighborhood was *the* place to trick or treat. But where I live now is a ghost town on Halloween (pun intended heh)

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  • haha i like the catapult one

  • Cazz

    We only got one trick or treater this year (in the UK, its not so common here) and we didn’t have anything sweets in the house so we gave him a bottle of tobasco sauce and a packet of spaghetti and told him to ‘go nuts’.

    He was not impressed.

  • Cazz: haha – how ungrateful! He had the makings of a good meal there!

  • albert0

    Some of these actually work!!! Its hilarious!

  • Christopher

    albert0: I know! its sooooo cool. BTW what was our physics prep again?

  • treypole

    When they yell, “Trick or treat!” ask “Or?” and then get really disgusted that they don’t know the rest of it, and give them a scoop of mashed potatoes instead.

  • Yo, this was totally plagiarized from

  • Yo, there’s totally a source listed at the bottom of the page. Besides, your link doesn’t work.

  • Natas

    Yeah, I’m going to give away eggs (leftover from Easter ha ha ha) which will then be thrown at my house.

  • Lwheeler4

    All of the pictures you show of MJ freak me out.

  • Phil

    It’s more fun just to point a gun and go BANG!

  • 116880

    lol, good ideas, but I think here in the United States, you would be sent to jail for offering liquor to children, even if you were joking.

  • Polly Odyssey

    I’d totally do every single one of these things with my friends.

  • rushfan

    Wow. That’s like Dave Barry quality funny right there.

  • HayMart

    haha 13 made me laugh

  • Kathleen

    4. I don’t think kids with enough common sense would go into a stranger’s house haha

  • Fruckert

    if the parents are there, put on a micheal jackson costume.

  • Drunkchicken

    Lol dudes when they Say trick or treat just yell trick and throw a ball and slam the door me and my friends bought tennis balls just to do this

  • Lizzie

    Every year I find myself reading things like this and thinking “I’m sooo going to do that!” but then never do.

  • m0nk3yhum0r

    another way is you could rig your doorbell to squirt mouthwash. sure fire… not real fire, but you know.

  • Robin

    Hmm…I think I’ll try a different one on each group of t-or-t’ers…when I’m too old to go around t-or-t’ing myself….but for right now, I’ll just dress up as Juno and go beg for ice cream and pickles!!

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  • Slush

    I’m so gonna do some of these tonight… and the comments were also helpful.
    I want to dress as a scarecrow and sit on a chair all scarecrow-like… they’ll think I’m a real scarecrow.. then suddenly jump up and scream. xD Or hide in a bin and throw the lid open.

  • sammy

    I like the dentist idea. Every year my friend and I get together on Halloween with wine, cheese (and other yummy snacks), and a good horror flick. Then we wait for the little rug rats to show up. This year we invited others to our little party, and my friends showed up with their Halloween costumes.. a toothbrush adn a tube of toothpaste. Sean dressed up and would chase the kids and their parents out of the yard yelling about brushing your teeth. It was so funny, and a few children by passed our house completly. Great list!!

  • i love corn

    That last picture is disturbing.
    I won’t sleep tonight.

  • Mullrock

    Those are HYSTERICAL! If only I was hip to this list before Halloween..i would of tried a couple of those.

  • shurnui

    why not have a chainsaw out back plugged in or somit and when trick or treaters call just rev the chainsaw and yell ill be with you in a min just finishing with the last lot

  • Jp

    These are great suggestions for a horro/comdey book. I’ll borrow a few and put a twist on them for my own amusement. *lol*

  • rachhoney

    hahahaha i loved them all…. i laffed soooo much i hurt my chest lol. woudl love to try some of these but not many come to my house :(
    at my older house we had a window on the stairs that was directly abve the front door so i would jus tip a bucket of water over them for the laugh. needless to say we got no trick or treater the year after. lol

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  • Minty

    Haha, these are GREAT. xDDD
    I would probably try out some of this myself this Halloween, if I wasn’t only 12. Plus, I’m going to confuse (as in, “why the hell has this young child seen this movie?”) some adults by going as either Regan (The Exorcist) or Carrie (um, Carrie XDDD). If I wasn’t, I would definitely do #3. XD

  • Trekkerette

    You should’ve added this:

    Dress up as a burglar and when trick-or-treaters come, you yell, “I’M STEALING STUFF HERE!”

  • Katie

    We can’t do any of the “come-on-in” ploys in our neighborhood. Too dangerous. We live in a crappy, crappy neighborhood.

  • Woo

    MJ mask is actually kinda creepy.


    LOL when they say trick or treat you should always say “trick”. If you don’t say anything and just stare at them, you’ll have a very awkward moment (and possibly find your house covered with eggs and toilet papers next morning).

  • CrazyBlues

    Dude, at my house, we have all sorts of skulls and taxidermy around, so what we typically do is in the candy bowl, we’ll have a coyote head in the middle, surrounded by candy, and then we’ll put what we deem as the best piece in the mouth, and see who’s brave enough to go for it. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but we get mostly little kids, so a lot of them get pretty scared. :D

    Oh, and also, we don’t believe in fun-size at my house, so we can guarantee that none of the candy is small enough to get stuck.

  • jajajaja

    Uhhhhh….. The Michael Jackson picture is kind of offensive, and so are the other lists that involve him. Is there any way you can have those taken down?

    • Mystikan

      And just what gives you the right to decide what I or others can or cannot see? Is there any way we can have YOU taken down?

  • IMstv

    the pilgrim one cracked me up lol.

  • Steven

    i was gonna try some of them (Not even caring if im 12. the drunk would be crazy funnier! XD) but i couldn’t…NEXT YEAR! XD

    good list.

  • someone

    some of these are hilariously elaborate.
    i would totally do 2, 9 & 13 if halloween existed around here


    I got one, be a fat, old, hairy man in a wifebeater, and ask the kids “what are you gonna do for me?”

  • Joe

    i soo want to try #3 with the breifcase, and maby handcuff it to their wrist =P

  • spiderbait

    I got a suggestion for the list.

    When somebody approaches your house go up to the house as a trick or treater ahead of them. Knock on the door and say "trick or treat!" and have a friend drag you into the house forcibly. Give off a few blood curdling screams and I doubt you'll be having any trick or treaters.
    For added effect throw some fake blood on a window in a splatter pattern.

  • anon

    most of these are illegal.

    • David Hopkins

      A man from Los Angeles staged a fake plane crash in his yard one halloween and it really did prompt a police investigation.

  • charlie

    wtf "get a catapult"

  • different times…

    nowadays, majority of this list will get you arrested or at least the cops called on.
    can't invite a kid in the house, if you spend more than five seconds talking to the kid, the parent assumes you're trying to lure them into your house. can't hand out anything not wrapped. the suitcase would get a bombthreat called on you. etc etc.. i miss being a kid, it was much more fun back then. :(

  • Bob

    Answer the door as Santa and give one piece of candy to the trick or treater in a large Christmas wrapped box.

  • Nina

    Hahah good one. I was cpnsiderong on doing this

  • Violatorofsanity

    The most logical way to confuse trick-or-treaters is to demand the TRICK!

  • archworf

    Put a trap door on your porch. Spring it when the doorbell rings, dropping the begging little twerps 20 feet onto razor sharp knives, then dump a bowl of candy onto them.

  • Mickey

    The easiest way to confuse trick or treaters…is when they say trick or treat…say trick..and stand there expectingone.. Or say treat and hold out your hand

  • Kelly Clark

    Number 20 was FREAKING AWESOME!

  • David Hopkins

    There was a cartoon one halloween on the naturist lifestyle promoting site, ‘international naturists association,’ of a little boy and a little girl out trick or treating on halloween night. The boy was dressed as Superman, the girl was dressed as a witch and the boy said to the girl ‘I wanted to go as a nudist, but my mom nixed the idea.’

  • Commentary Guy

    The Jackson mask is too scary LOL

    And i did No 17 and its kinda funny.

    U should have seen the looks on their faces!! HAHAHAHA!!!!

    They look kinda like this shithead : { ???

  • Ben

    One of the pictures here looks a lot like Michael Jackson. LOL!

    • Ben

      Or was it really intended to look like MJ?

  • Lila

    Bag of onions + bag of sugar = $5. Kids face when they bite into a Toffee Onion=Priceless!!!!

  • Cfolsom1

    Yes!!! I will do them all

  • Okay….This list was stupid….Walk to the door with your garden hose and ask the mommies if they’re up for a wet t’shirt contest???

  • mejerksta

    i gave ’em blood pills, and insisted they eat it here, they never know what hit ’em

  • Felatio

    Should rename this list "Top 20 Ways to Get Your House Egged!"

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