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->''"An apple? Where's my candy, you son of a bitch?!"''
-->-- '''Fez''', ''Series/That70sShow''
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In {{Halloween Episode}}s, some characters go trick-or-treating. They eagerly open their candy bags and ready themselves for the candy. The adult reaches into a bowl and grabs some ... fruit? This will typically make the children mad, usually resulting in the vandalizing of said adult's house.

Also can happen from the adult's point of view. If it is in this form, the adult will desperately try to convince the children that the item is tasty ''and'' nutritious. The adult will then be truly and sincerely shocked that their house has been targeted.

Note that the "treat" does not always have to be edible, or even a likely one, like the eponymous rock.

The {{Trope Namer|s}} is from the ''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}'' HalloweenSpecial, ''WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown''.

Compare MyNewGiftIsLame, as well as RazorApples, which are worse than unwanted, they're downright dangerous. Contrast GreenRocks, which are the kind of rock that [[LethalJokeItem may not be useless after all]]. The rock doesn't need to be [[WorthlessYellowRocks yellow.]] If extended enough, may become a {{subtrope}} of UnwantedGiftPlot.



* A 2013 commercial for Verizon has a family of trick-or-treaters in ''Franchise/StarWars'' costumes getting a note on their new phones advising them to avoid a house owned by a dentist, who's giving out floss.
* [[https://www.ispot.tv/ad/71xF/duck-tape-duck-stinctive This Duck Tape commercial]] provides an example when it shows some kids go trick-or-treating and a woman giving them Duck Tape. This being Duck Tape, however, it's possibly unintentional, and the kids don't mind being given tape.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the OEL ''ILuvHalloween'', the first house the main characters go to gives them an apple, and after that all the houses give them Hostess Snack-like treats. They attempt to break the 'curse' by [[RazorApples hiding a razor blade in the apple]] and giving it to the chief of police, who has the old lady who gave it to them arrested.
* ''Manga/GabrielDropOut'': When Satania, Vigne, and Raphiel trick or treat at Gabriel's place in episode 6.3, Gab just walks back inside and gives them a bag of beans.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* While there is a ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' card with this name, it refers to a treasure chest rather than Halloween. Still counts. (Oddly, the rock can come in extremely handy to break a tie or instantly smash the Glass Jaw.)
* Also a card name in the CCG ''TabletopGame/{{Netrunner}}'', where the "Rock" in question was a mass driver launch from orbit which the corp could launch at the runner. A tough card to deploy, but if you could get it off, it squashed the runner flat.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A ''ComicBook/LooneyTunes'' comic had WesternAnimation/{{Bugs|Bunny}} and WesternAnimation/{{Daffy|Duck}} trick or treating. Daffy gets only charcoal and rocks. On the other hand, Bugs gets candy and money, but is annoyed he didn't get carrots.
* In an issue of ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk,'' the (intelligent) Hulk studies his officially licensed [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] action figure. He comments that while everybody else has some cool accessory (ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's shield, etc.), but "I got a rock."
* [[{{Flanderization}} Ned Flanders]] has a segment in ''Bart Simpson's Heebie-Jeebie Hullabaloo'' (a collection of Halloween stories and skits) called "Halloween Hoedown at the Flanderosa." One panel shows him dressed as a scarecrow and giving the kids who come trick-or-treating to his house "a hug and the glimmering glow of friendship"; Milhouse is noticeably confused to see Flanders putting his arms around him.
* In ''[[Comicbook/TheFlash Impulse]]'' #45, Max Mercury (a time-jumping hero who grew up in TheWildWest) gives out homemade popcorn balls to trick-or-treaters, who react with horror at the thought they could be RazorApples. His daughter, a dentist, tells him, "The world has changed since you were a kid in ... what was it, the 1400s?" and then gives the kids coupons for $5 off their next dental cleaning. The kids leave vowing to tell everyone that "this house ''sucks''!"
* [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4BLyIOniQ8I/VcHQxDCtJqI/AAAAAAAADaM/-Twycx8albU/s1600/IMG_0987.jpg The cover]] of the same month's ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'' shows Robin, Superboy and Impulse trick-or-treating as their mentors ([[CoversAlwaysLie this doesn't happen in the issue]]). A perplexed Impulse is, in fact, holding a rock.

[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7497772/1/Rarity-s-Absence Rarity's Absence]]", Rarity explains to Twilight that the reason she never goes out on Nightmare Night is because as a filly, she went out trick or treating one year... and got ''nothing'' but rocks.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/SpacedInvaders'' has C.W. Clembecker giving cigarettes to the kids. One of them mentions that he's given them dead rats in years past.
* Max Goldman gives out ''office supplies'' to the kids in ''Film/GrumpyOldMen''.
* Creator/AdamSandler [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS7I7inPSZw&feature=fvsr gets a guy to hand out items]] in ''Film/BigDaddy'' - by sneaking through the back door of his apartment and physically threatening him, thus essentially mugging him. [[CreatorCameo (The other character is played by Dennis Dugan, the director of the film.)]]

[[folder: Literature ]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book "The Haunted Mask", Carly Beth gets apples. Since EvilFeelsGood with the mask on, she throws it at the house.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/That70sShow'', Kitty decides to give out raisins. Eggs are promptly thrown at the windows.
-->'''Kitty''': Raisins are nature's candy!\\
-->'''Red''': And eggs are nature's hand grenade.
** From that same episode:
-->'''Fez''': An apple? Where's my candy, you son of a bitch?!
* In a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch from the 1970s, the extraterrestrial Coneheads give out beer and "fried chicken embryos" (eggs). None of the children retaliate, but the Coneheads do get an angry visit from neighborhood parents, who are mollified when the aliens give their explanatory {{Catchphrase}}, "We are from France." They apologize about the beer but continue dispensing the fried eggs when assured that's okay.
** ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive Wayne's World]]'' did a [[TopTenList Top Five list]] of worst Halloween candy.
## Mung (they didn't actually know what it was)
## Hurl (they did know what ''that'' was)
## Candy apples (especially when that house has cats that shed on the apples)
## Pop Rocks (the old {{Urban Legend|s}})
## Pennies (self evident)
* In a ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' episode, Cindy Walsh gave out raisins, calling them "nature's candy".
* In an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', the Bundys' yuppie neighbours (you know the ones) give out potatoes on Halloween.
* Subverted in ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' where Lizzie's parents give out regular candy for Halloween. Later, when the kids have all gone home and they've given out everything, a teen to whom they've already given candy turns up at their door and rudely demands more. Lacking any more candy, the trope is played straight and give him the chicken pot pie they were about to have for dinner. The teen throws it back at them.
* The Halloween episode of ''Series/GoodEats'', which is about making various kinds of candy, uses this as the impetus; Alton's nephew Elton has been given health-food candies by his mother for his school's Halloween event, and Alton offers to replace it.
* On his CharacterBlog, Lassiter of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' says to note down the people who do this and [[http://twitter.com/Psych_Lassie/status/5295826161 he will arrest them]].
* When {{Series/Roseanne}} was shown her horrible future by The Ghost Of Halloween Yet To Come, she was giving kids fun-sized ''tubes of toothpaste''.
* On ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer,'' the Scoobies are drafted by Principal Snyder into taking groups of kids Trick or Treating on Halloween. The first house they visit gives out toothbrushes. (And Xander coaches his assigned group of kids on avoiding "rocks" and extorting the best/most candy.)
* When {{Music/KISS}} was on ''Series/MadTV'', they did a bit where they went trick-or-treating and Peter Criss got a rock... but he loves rock!
* In ''DoOver'', Joel's parents gave people energy bars.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Millennium}}'' a depressed man gives young Frank Black a cigarette.
* In the ChristmasSpecial ''Film/AMuppetFamilyChristmas'', there's not only a rock, it's a ''regifted'' rock -- and getting it is regarded as a good thing. The "nice yellow pebble" has been circulated as a gift among the Fraggles thirty-seven times, then is given to Robin the Frog, who gives it to Grover.
* In an episode of ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', Frank runs out of candy, but starts giving out what he thinks are chocolate coins to keep the neighborhood kids from egging the house. Angry parents soon start to arrive to find out why their kids are being given condoms.
* {{Wrestling/WWE}} [[InNameOnly ECW]]: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0qxyaBrzO4 Guess what the Boogeyman gives out on Halloween?]]
* Spoofed by Series/{{Svengoolie}} in a classic sketch where the horror host went trick-or-treating but all someone gave him was a paper cutout of a Middle Eastern country. That's right: [[{{Pun}} He got Iraq.]]
* In a Halloween episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Tony and Ziva question the neighbor of a murdered marine who was known to hate the man's practical jokes and Halloween in general. Two trick or treaters show up and the man, lacking any candy, gives them energy drinks instead. The kids look less than satisfied and Tony chastises him to "Be prepared next year."
* ''Series/{{iCarly}}'': Unable to buy Halloween candy because of being preoccupied with an extra large pumpkin, Spencer gives out random items to children that come by the apartment, including a carton of eggs, jumper cables, and re-sealable soup packets. Naturally, it comes back in the end to bite him.
* One ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'' skit had Gordon Ramsay list the 5 worst Halloween treats. For bonus points, it said it was "Paid for by children with toilet paper and eggs."
## Smarties. "The perfect combination of aspirin and tums."
## Circus Peanuts. "Do you know what these are? Clown <bleep>!"
## Candy Corn. "It's not candy, it's not corn, it's earwax formed in the shape of a rotten tooth!"
## Apples. "Do I look like a <bleep> teacher, mate?"
## Pennies. "In 2016 you're still giving out <bleep> pennies?!"
* Played with in a Halloween episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Adrian's agoraphobic brother Ambrose, the kind of person you would expect crappy treats from on Halloween, actually orders dozens of full-sized, brand-name candy bars for the trick-or-treaters. The "rock" comes in the form of the contract he forces each kid to sign promising that in exchange for the candy, they won't vandalize his house.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* While the gag was codified in the ''WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown'' TV special (see Western Animation below), a ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' newspaper strip from November 1, 1975 has Charlie Brown mentioning to Peppermint Patty that all he got the night before was a rock. Peppermint Patty then replies that she didn't get ''anything'' (she'd waited in the pumpkin patch with Linus, only to get banished by him for offending the Great Pumpkin by asking him for a baseball glove), prompting Charlie Brown to offer her his rock.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''
** Andy has given out veggie bars and "Almond Soys", and then complains that nobody appreciates it.
** ''[=FoxTrot=]'' also had a comic where Jason and Marcus went to each house in the neighborhood to get a sample of what they'd be giving out on Halloween so that they could avoid this. Of course, everyone gave them lame foods so that they wouldn't come back.
** While watching the {{Trope Namer|s}}, Jason concocts a scheme were Charlie Brown would eat the rocks, get surgery for his intestines, and sue the pants off the people who gave him rocks - for not telling him they weren't candy.
* A common RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/BigNate'' is that Nate's house is always egged on Halloween because his dad keeps on handing out horrible things like yogurt-covered raisins as "treats".
* Stuart in ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'' (who, for some context, only cares about holidays if there's a big sale attached) dressed up as Santa and gave out candy canes and Grumbel's Christmas sale flyers one Halloween. The kids plan to egg his house in retaliation.
* From ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'', the King [[http://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2016/10/24 gives out toothbrushes]], causing the Wizard (who plans to create real zombies for the Halloween party) to [[HypocriticalHumor call him a monster]].

[[folder: Real Life / Truth In Television ]]
* Dentists:
** Good or nice dentists will give out toothbrushes, to the disappointment of the kids.
*** Alternatively, they may hand out sugarless gum, which is (generally) better from the kids' point of view.
** Mean dentists will give out the best candy, eagerly rubbing their hands together at the idea of [[strike: torturing the kids in the dentist's chair soon]] getting a couple thousand bucks from the kid's insurance provider for services rendered.
** The best dentists will open their door in full dentist garb, a scary smile, and give regular candy to those who haven't run in fear yet.
*** Complete with functioning power drill.
* [[http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/30/nd-woman-hand-out-fat-letters-instead-candy-hallow In 2013]], a woman in North Dakota allegedly gave children she considered "moderately obese" a letter instead of candy, though there was suspicion that [[http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/content/likely-fake-halloween-letter-creates-plenty-buzz it was a gag]] created by a radio show.
* A pediatrician who was offering money to the kids at her door, and asking that they give their loot to her. The newspaper however did not report if her trees/shrubbery got [=TPed=] or not, but it does seem likely she did.
** Some doctors/dentists found a friendlier way to get all that candy away from the kids: they host a "candy buyback" on the day after Halloween. The kids choose which of their sweet loot to trade in for money or prizes, and keep the stuff they REALLY want (often only a fraction of the original haul).
* Apples and popcorn balls are commonly subject to this trope because unless the giver is a trusted friend, [[RazorApples most parents will make their children throw them away.]]
* Those incredibly flimsy spider-shaped plastic rings that are supposed to glow in the dark but don't.
** That said, some toys avert this trope nicely-- mini cans of Play-Doh, anyone?
* Some people give away comic books, and [[TropesAreTools reportedly kids have usually reacted really well to this change of pace]].
** In particularly religious households, especially in America, Halloween is seen as a pagan holiday; and they will distribute religious comics instead of candy. Several ComicBook/ChickTracts are specifically intended to be handed out to trick-or-treaters, usually (rather ironically) the ones arguing that Halloween is an evil pagan holiday. In the tracts themselves (see "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1065/1065_01.asp Stinky]]" for example), some characters are positively portrayed [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall giving out tracts as treats]]. Somewhat {{averted|Trope}} when the children in the tracts appear quite excited to receive them, and in real life, to his credit, Chick does recommend including a bag of candy along with the tracts.
--> "And here's a nice treat for you... little ''comic books''!"

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the Halloween event includes a MiniGame in which you can "trick or treat" for Halloween-themed items or temporary abilities. One of these is a rock (ranged weapon, minor damage).
** It's common in-game for a teammate to announce "I got a rock" and for the rest of the team to congratulate that player.
** The description of the power was actually "You got a rock."
* In the early days of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Blizzard used to occasionally release audio plays featuring a band of gnome adventurers who are frequently mistaken for children. During the Halloween episode, everyone they met on their adventure thought they were trick-or-treaters and gave them treats. It was a running gag that the same one every time would get a rock as a gift, causing another to ask if it's one of the many types of ore or gems in the game. "No, just a rock."
** In the actual Halloween events, players can get handfuls of candy from buckets on each inn. You get candy, including the kind you can trade for vanity pets, or trinkets that count towards achievements, yes, but also can get temporary BalefulPolymorph, Tooth Picks (which do nothing but give you a ten-second buff that makes your mouth shine) or penny bags, which are bags that only have one slot (when the most basic bags have four) and sell for one measly copper.
* The name of this trope is a cheat code in ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}''. It [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin gives you one rock]]. [[spoiler:No use has ever been found for this.]]
* Early on in ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest'', when the siblings Wren and Reynold go trick-or-treating, the adult in the very first house they visit is so repulsed by their costumes that all they give them is some old marzipan they dug up from their couch.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'' does this for both Halloween and Christmas by running special ops. For Halloween, it's called Trick or Treat and for Christmas it's Naughty or Nice. In both events, getting the Treat/Nice reward gives you something useful like a consumable item, while the Trick/Naughty reward is something like a single coin, 1 XP, or (for Christmas) a lump of coal (which does absolutely nothing).
* During Halloween season in ''Terraria'' enemies drop goodie bags. Although you may not get a rock, you will however get rotten eggs 1/4 of the time.

[[folder: Web Animation ]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** The interactive Halloween cartoon [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/halloween2001.html The House That Gave Sucky Treats]] is a game where you hand out candy, and some of the treats are traditional "unpopular" treats or otherwise unsuitable.
*** When Strong Mad and The Cheat show up, a pile of rocks shows up as one of the treat choices (the others being ''actual'' Pop Rocks and sketchy-looking "rock candy"). Give it to them, and Strong Mad will just eat the rocks like normal candy, and wash them down with cola. [[YourHeadASplode Then The Cheat's head a splodes.]]
*** You can give [[GranolaGirl Marzipan]] (who is a vegan) a steak, which causes her to complain, "Is this a joke? It's not funny" (while Strong Bad slips several of them into her treat pail), or some rice cakes, to which she says, more delightedly, "I like to eat these without water."
*** You can give Mary Jane (a sort of cheap honey-flavored taffy) to Pom-Pom and the Poopsmith, prompting the Poopsmith to [[TalkingWithSigns hold up a sign]] reading "Give us something good instead."
*** You can give [[ButtMonkey Strong Sad]] a can of Campbell's soup (he's dressed as Creator/AndyWarhol), Necco wafers ("These remind me of when I used to eat the colored chalk when I was in school. I was sick for a year and nearly died...") or some baking chocolate ("I used to eat this stuff when there was no chocolate in the house. And now, it's my only friend...")
*** Strong Bad will complain about any of the treats you can give him: a fun-size Butterfinger ("What's 'fun' about less candy?"), a marshmallow bunny ("All you've got is old freakin' Easter candy?! This thing's rock hard!"), or an apple ("What are you, a dentist? Or a hippie? [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Or some kind of hippie dentist?]]").
*** Finally, you can give Homestar change, at which point he sarcastically thanks you for "adding a step to my Halloween process".
** At one point in another Halloween cartoon, [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/ween03.html 3 Times Halloween Funjob]], Bubs and Coach Z arrive at this very same house (Bubs [[LampshadeHanging says]], "Oh, I remember this house from a couple of years ago."), and again, you hand out candies, which once again may or may not be unsuitable treats. In the case of Bubs and Coach Z, one of the treats you can give them is a "Delicious" bag, which a treat dating back to the Old-Timey era. This causes Coach Z to exclaim, "What is that? One of them old school candies?" and then does an old-school rap.
*** Or you can forgo giving ''any'' treats to Bubs and Coach Z, or give them Bubs' own pumpkin-shaped treat pail, and instead get a visit from Stinkoman. Here, you can give him a Zagnut bar ("I can't eat those, 'cause I'm in training. Don't you have any of the other kinds of bars? You know... energy bars... or power bars... or training bars?"), a prawn ("I love prawns! Simple as that!") or a jar labelled "Manga/{{Akira}}", which causes Stinkoman's right arm to turn into a bunch of tentacles, after which he says, "That tickles."
** Brainkrieg's song "Decomposing Pumpkins" is about throwing the titular pumpkins at the kid whose parents give lame candy on Halloween. It has two sequences saying things like "An apple is not candy! (You get egged! You get egged! You get egged!)"
* The GagDub "It's the Great Dolemite, Charlie Brown" has African-American Charlie Brown receive baked potatoes when he and his friends trick-or-treat in the white neighborhood.
* [[http://www.joesparks.com/radiskull/episodes/e02/radiskull_episode_02.html Hella Weenie]], the second episode of [[http://www.joesparks.com/radiskull/index.html Radiskull & Devil Doll]]. A neighbour who looks like a cross between Ned Flanders and Music/WeirdAlYankovic has a bowl with supersized chocolate bars. When a kid comes to his house, the man reaches into the bowl and pulls out a hidden tangerine, to the kid's disappointment.
* The ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours'' Chibisode - aptly named ''Charlie Browned'' - has Chibi Foamy and Germaine not only get the eponymous rock, but also an apple. And gluten-free soy milk. And freeze-dried seaweed snacks. And a baggie of various caliber bullets.
** Inverted with Chibi Foamy in the episode, as he ''loves'' rocks due to their many uses - such as breaking windows, smashing in someone's skull, and as a "pet".

[[folder: WebComics ]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Bug|Martini}}'' shows us the worst houses to visit during Halloween. These houses give out, in turn, a newborn, a detonator, and a pencil; [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/halloween-part-1/ take your pick]]
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'', since chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs alike:
-->Marvin as pirate: I got a marble!
-->Grape as devil: I got a piece of flint!
-->Sasha as witch: I got a bone!
-->Peanut with a blanket over him: I got a chocolate...
* A Webcomic/BasicInstructions strip has Scott tell the trick-or-treaters to go to hell, and they inform him that if he doesn't give them candy, they will egg his house. He responds "If you have eggs, you don't need candy". Later he decides that the best way to scare children is to act in a more subtle manner, and he starts pouring Mr. Pibb directly into a child's candy bucket.
-->'''Kid:''' That's enough, Mister.
-->'''Scott:''' Nonsense! There's no such thing as enough Mr. Pibb!
-->'''Kid:''' Really, sir...
-->'''Kid:''' No, sir!
* In one ''Webcomic/BatmanAndSons'' comic, Batman fights The Scarecrow on Halloween, and the two are mistaken for trick-or-treaters by an old woman. They decide to play along.
-->'''Scarecrow:''' ''(genuinely pleased)'' Ooh, I got a chocolate bar with almonds.
-->'''Batman:''' ''(genuinely indignant)'' I got a rock!

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged'', the neighborhood watch committee warns about this when trick or treating at houses with old people.
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd shows an old video of himself trick-or-treating as ComicStrip/DickTracy, and mentions that he got a rock at the time (so he was not going to dress up like that for the review). Since the video is a real childhood home movie of Creator/JamesRolfe, this is also in TruthInTelevision.
* The original line was parodied in an early ''[[WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC I'm A Marvel... And I'm A DC]]'' episode. Franchise/SpiderMan gets three supervillains to fight; {{Franchise/Superman}} gets [[KryptoniteFactor a rock]].
* ''WebVideo/HalfInTheBag''. Mr. Plinkett leaves nuts as Halloween candy - nuts as in nuts and bolts. At some point, he eats them all himself.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the {{Trope Namer|s}}, ''WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown'', all of the other kids get candy but Charlie Brown always gets a rock in his treat bag.
** If this were to happen in real life, the homeowner would run the risk of having the rock returned... through a window.
** Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when Cleveland, Joe and Quagmire compare their tax refunds.
-->'''Cleveland:''' I got a big tax refund. Uncle Sam sent me $500.\\
'''Joe:''' I got $600!\\
'''Quagmire:''' I got $850!\\
'''[[TheCameo Charlie Brown]]''': I got a rock.
** Bad Gods presents the [[http://badgods.com/view/guitarsolocharliebrown/ remix]].
** ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' had a skit where the {{ComicStrip/Peanuts}} gang got various countries for a Geography assignment. What did Charlie Brown get? "[[FunWithHomophones I got Iraq]]"
** And parodied in the [[NotSafeForWork NSFW]] GagDub ''It's the Great Film/{{Dolemite}}, Charlie Brown!'': "I got another mothafuckin' POTATO!!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Timmy's mom and dad give Chester and AJ advice for not having good costumes. Surprisingly, the children do nothing to the Turners' residence. When they go to the principal, she covers them in reflective tape without giving them anything, and threatens to have them held back a grade if they TP her house. However, Chester says he's ''already'' being held back and goes ahead with it.
* Billy gets a rock in his trick-or-treat bag in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. [[ExtremeOmnivore He eats it, too]].
** In the PoorlyDisguisedPilot ''Underfist'', Billy complains about getting pennies... because of how awful they taste.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In one of the Halloween specials, Marge tries to serve fruit to the children. They boo her. When she reminds them "Fruit is nature's candy!", they boo her even more.
** In another Treehouse of Horror opening Bart complains that Flanders gave them toothpaste, in which Lisa complains about it being [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ''mini'' toothpaste]] and another when Bart empties his trick or treat bag ''(While dressed as Charlie Brown).''
-->'''Bart:''' Good grief! This candy's terrible. Circus peanuts, raisins, nicotine gum, a library card.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' subverted this when Hank had a flashback to trick-or-treating as a kid. One house gave out king sized chocolate bars, but was vandalized anyway, because the kids only got one bar. ''Total''. Also, it was his own house.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', the title character's AnnoyingYoungerSibling Haley went trick-or-treating dressed first as a princess, and then as a dragon princess, and then as a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot dancing fire juggling dragon princess]] but all she got were apples. Meanwhile Grandpa, who was with her, kept getting lots of candy and complimented on his wise old man costume. Eventually, Haley received candy when she changed her costume to a wise old man.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'', Mr. Van Dreesan offered the trick-or-treaters a choice between organic nut clusters and a bumper sticker that said "My other car's a bike." Beavis and Butt-Head took the stickers.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Pinkeye," Stan is carrying a taser as part of his Halloween kit:
-->'''Kyle:''' What's that?\\
'''Stan:''' For shocking people who try to give us granola treats, or something.\\
'''Cartman:''' Yeah, granola pisses me off.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/BabyLooneyTunes'' episode, the babies go trick or treating and they all get candy, except for [[TheChewToy Daffy]]. Strangely, Daffy keeps getting sucky treats like toothbrushes and combs from the same people who gave his friends candy. But then, [[ButtMonkey it's Daffy]].
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' Halloween special; Sgt. Vatred gives out jumbo-sized candy bars...but only if the trick-or-treaters can make it to the front door. The Venture compound's security system is ''left on'', making it a literal DeathCourse.
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', [[CloudCuckoolander Adam West]] gives out Cornish game hens.
* When ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' wear business suits for Halloween, the guy at the first house accuses them of not wearing a costume and refuses to give them anything. The guy at the next house (a mansion) thinks they're ordinary adults and gives them job application forms.
-->'''Chicken''': I don't need no job. I need candy!
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Summerween" has a joke about unpopular "loser candy" such as [[BlandNameProduct Mr. Adequatebar, Gummi Chairs]], and Homework: The Candy. [[spoiler: It also turns out that the Summerween Trickster is the embodiment of all those rejected candies.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' - the kids' first trick-or-treat outing without Bob has them getting truly lame treats from the local merchants - fortune cookies, number tags from the deli 'so they can be first in line', packets of taco sauce - so they head for the greener pastures of the island where all the rich families live.
* One ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' cartoon had Shaggy go trick or treat. The homeowner said "I'll take the treats" and threw Shaggy into the street.
--> '''Shaggy:''' Like, where's your Halloween spirit!?
* A song from ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'''s Halloween episode:
--> ''We should avoid that house, I hear they're giving fresh fruit''
--> ''But right next door they got full-size candy bars!''