What do you think about Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween Candy Prank?

What do you think about Jimmy Kimmel's Halloween Candy Prank?

For those of you that don’t know this one (lucky you:)): parents supposed to pretend that they ate all the Halloween candy and record kids reaction on camera. Few days after Halloween, ‘the best reactions’ are shown on the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ show. This prank really makes me cringe more than any other, just because it involves kiddos. Yes, I get it: it’s a prank. And: No, I don’t think it will cause a serious mental damage, but it simply breaks my heart. And if you think about, it doesn’t make any sense from the pedagogical point of view. It brakes so many rules that most parents (probably parents taking part in the challenge too) implement on a daily basis:

– If it’s not yours, don’t touch it.

– Always ask for the permission first.

– Don’t eat all your candy at once.

And very important one: you can trust your parents.

-Work hard and you’ll be awarded.

Let’s face it: kids work their little butts off to get that candy! They are rewarded and then someone steals their ‘paycheck’. Hey parent, how would feel if that happened to you? The most common thing kids say after their parents tell them they ate the candy is : ‘that’s not fair’. You bet it isn’t ! Also, I think that small children don’t understand the concept of a prank. Often, after parents tell them they didn’t actually eat the treats (sometimes they show that bit on tv as well), kids just stand there, looking confused and probably thinking: ‘if  that’s not true, why would you say that in the first place?’.
It’s understandable that kiddos cry and throw tantrums in this situation, because their trust was betrayed. By the way, some kids responses, like :’That’s ok, but let’s eat candy together next year.’, really warm my heart.

And most important question:
if you are a parent, why would you want to make your child cry ?

Here’s a video from this and last years challenge. Tell me what you think in the comments.



PS – And remember people: kiddos or no kiddos, don’t you EVER joke about something as serious as candy!










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21 Replies to “What do you think about Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween Candy Prank?

  1. Nice blog post. Truth be told-I look forward to this prank every year. Yup. It is pretty revealing-for both parents and kids. I don’t think the parents are trying to make the kids cry-but rather wanting to see how they process and deal with the info. Gosh. Most of these kids were out of control (sorry parents) I mean-get a grip. Sure its ok to get upset but its not okay to shout, throw things or open kitchen drawers as sort of a silent protest. There were a few ‘normal’ kids who took it on the chin and just accepted it. Those kids are ANGELS. Of course this is just my opinion. But that prank/video could serve as birth control-just saying….

    1. ‘Open kitchen drawers as sort of a silent protest’ haha. This poor kiddo looked really broken.Yes, you might be right, maybe they simply want to see how they process. I still hate it though ?

  2. To be honest, I stopped watching it after the first year. It is just so mean! And so is the other prank, the “I got my kids a horrible present” one. You are basically making fun of your kids and pushing their buttons, and all for what? To entertain strangers?? Sounds dangerously close to bullying for my taste.

    Good post, thank you for bringing attention to this!

    1. Wow, I didn’t know about present prank. I totally agree. And I hate pranks altogether! When I see someone kicking prankster butt, I’m thinking: ‘well deserved’.

      I want to give parents benefit of the doubt and I want to believe that is just’to see how kids they cope’, but truth be told – sometimes it’s hard.

  3. It’s not something I would do to my children, and certainly not to get shared with the world, but I’m also not in a position to judge other parents. I don’t know what happened before or after the videos were taken. Maybe, there was a parenting lesson involved about the importance of telling the truth, and how lying to other people can be hurtful? Maybe the kids were in on the prank, and told to be dramatic for the camera? I’m sure there were a fair number of people who just thought it was funny, too. Regardless, it’s not something I would do to my kids.

    1. Yes,that’s true. We certainly don’t know the whole story, we don’t know these kiddos, parents and their struggles. I hope it all comes from the right place. Yes, it crossed my mind that some kiddos might be in on it!

  4. Thank you so much for this! My niece showed us that at dinner the other night. I think it’s completely cruel, and everyone just thinks it’s funny. She showed it to her little kids without explanation or lessons taught… I don’t get it.

  5. This is something I had never considered. But you are absolutely right Mila. Why would you intentionally make your child cry and have them lose faith in you? Little minds are very impressionable. Of course Jimmy is making loads off of these kids misery, in the name of 1 minute of fame for the kids and parents. I bet those kids don’t even understand the concept of being on TV . You bought out an excellent point. .

    1. Thank you Mary! I agree, little minds are fragile!
      Some, older kiddos may try pranks at school after that, so it may bite parents in the butt quicker than they think 😉

  6. Why would you want to make your children cry? Or being unhappy? Or risk their trust in you? What did those parents teach their kids by playing the prank?
    And for what? For helping some buffoon and his unprofessional untalented writers
    put on a show?!

  7. I’m with you. I think that it is a bit silly, for lack of a better word, for parents to do this. Is it just for the chance to be on television? I would not do this to my kids, their trust is more valuable to me than anything. And I would feel so horrid watching them cry. Not funny. Thanks for posting this, it will make us all think more!

  8. I would NEVER do that to my child. I think I would be teaching him to do that to others. Purposely hurting someone and then laughing at them sounds a lot like bullying to me. Stopping by from #MommyMondayBlogHop

  9. I’ll be honest, the first year I saw it, I thought it was kind of funny. But after processing it and seeing the kiddos getting younger and younger over the years it makes me sad. I would feel horrible pretending I took my three or four year old kiddo’s candy- I’d hate for them to think I was a candy stealing monster.
    On the flip side, some of the kids reactions are OUT OF CONTROL.

    I however, did see a clip where a little boy told his mom “it’s okay, you’re a good mom,” now that kid deserves all. the. candy. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with us at MMBH!

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