The Jimmy Kimmel Halloween Candy Video

Jenn - posted on 11/04/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )

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What do you think of this? SO many of my friends and even "professional" pages that I like on FB were posting this video and saying how funny it was. I actually found it upsetting. Why would you want to intentionally make your child cry and then post it for the world to see? I know that if my parents did that to me as a kid, I would have been hurt and upset. :'(

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So, you're all telling me that none of you are ever gonna pull any kind of pranks on your children? No one's ever pulled one on you that was HILARIOUSLY funny?



What would be truly mean is if the parents had told their kids they'd eaten the candy and actually HAD eaten their candy.



@ Jenn Morris ~ I probably will do that next year.



I don't know, I just don't think it's a big deal but it obviously bothers some of you, and I respect that. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, whether you agree with it or not. I just honestly don't think it does any harm. It's a prank, a silly prank, nothing more. When those kids get older, it will be a funny story to tell. And it's candy. It's not a joke about love or money or anything that matters. It's candy. It's not gonna haunt them forever. It's not gonna affect their GPA. It's not gonna determine anything to do with anything about their future.



ETA: It's also about learning to laugh at yourself.

Krista - posted on 11/05/2011

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It WAS mean, no doubt about it. I'm not a big fan of making kids cry for no good reason, especially not just for my amusement.

But that being said, I DID laugh at the two kids at the end. They were awesome.

Ez - posted on 11/04/2011

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I posted it on my wall for the two boys at the end. They were funny as hell. The one in the red telling his mother 'I hope you get a belly ache' and the little one saying 'you sneaky mum'. Yeah, that had be laughing.

I guess I don't really see the big deal. They are crying about chocolate! It's not like they are being told their dog died. I think people are over-thinking this one. I certainly don't find it upsetting.

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Becky - posted on 11/06/2011

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ROFL at the guy at the end who wiped his hands off and then smelled them!
There is a big difference between playing a prank on an adult, who generally is a little less emotional, and on a toddler or preschooler, for sure.

Krista - posted on 11/06/2011

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I might find it funny if the kids were older, and not as emotionally caught up in it. But little ones like that? No, that's mean.

I do find SOME pranks to be funny, though, if no harm is done. Here in Canada, we have a show called Just for Laughs -- Gags. They play pranks on people, and some of them ARE really funny.

This one, for example, made me giggle:

Kate CP - posted on 11/06/2011

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I don't think pranks are funny at all at any time, really. I find no humor in laughing at some one else' misfortune.

Jennifer - posted on 11/06/2011

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I guess we just prank our kids alot at my house, they would have never fallin for it. Nah, I think it's that they know my husband and I only steal their choclate, we'd leave the rest. And our kids are kinda funny, they love it when we ask for their candy, like 'momma likes MY candy best'. I don't think I would have done it to a child I thought would get upset enough to cry, that's just mean!

Medic - posted on 11/06/2011

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My kids didn't even eat ONE piece of their candy. I don't think I would have gotten any reaction out of either of them.

Kate CP - posted on 11/06/2011

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The thing here is the kids felt like they really WORKED to get that candy. They thought up a cool costume, got all dressed up, and walked all round in the scary dark to get this candy. And then some one, without asking, eats it ALL. I'm sorry, but that's mean. That's like a kid going out and picking a bunch of flowers, putting them in a jar of water on the table and then finding out in the morning that mom threw them away. Ha ha. Very funny.

Jenn - posted on 11/06/2011

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@Becky Franklin - it doesn't matter the age of the child, as I stated, it isn't the candy that is the issue, but the parents taking what didn't belong to them that got the kids upset.

@Joy Benson - why don't you tape it and post it online for the world to see next year? Maybe everyone can laugh at your child's hurt feelings next year! Yeah, that would be AWESOME! :(

Becky - posted on 11/06/2011

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Those last 2 kids were awesome! I did feel bad for the kids who cried, although I thought a couple of them were a little old to be getting so wound up over candy! It's not something I'd do to my kids - they can be pretty sensitive about stuff like that. Although I did take all Cole's candy away for 5 days because he dumped foundation all over my bedroom carpet the day after halloween!

JuLeah - posted on 11/05/2011

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I mess with my kids head so often, she knows I am joking ... I'll say, "Well, maybe I won't get you a birthday gift this year"

She says, "Mama ... " and then she laughs ... she never would have fallen for this joke, but had she fallen for it, I don't think I'd have gotten tears ... she would have blown her top

Lacye - posted on 11/05/2011

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I felt so bad for the kids that cried! Poor things! But you've got to admit, those last 2 kids were freaking hilarious! The little boy in the red pajamas was just way too funny!

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My take is this: It's called TRICK or treat. The kids got tricked. It's not the end of their world and I'm positive at one point each and every parent informed their kids that they were only joking. It was a joke that I found hilarious and I am SOOO gonna do it next year to Jacob. Call me cruel, whatever. It's a harmless prank, IMO and I laughed my butt off the entire time :D In fact, since it's posted on my FB wall, I showed it to my husband tonight with Jacob sitting on my lap and we all had a good laugh over it. I don't see the big deal.

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Yeah, they were great! I also liked the kid that after being told his parents ate all his candy... found some candy and rubbed it in their faces that they hadn't eaten it all. ;)

All the criers were just too sad and wrong though.

Krista - posted on 11/05/2011

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"The heck!?!?" "Oh, good for you! Now you're probably gonna have a bellyache." And the gasp from the little one when she talks about peanut butter cups...yeah, those two kids were walking briefcases full of WIN.

Jeannette - posted on 11/05/2011

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I called my husband in here to watch the video and his reaction: he laughed throughout the video and made remarks like: that's a really young kid, oh no she's crying, and the two at the end made him roar with laughter. When the video was over he was still laughing but he did say too that the woman who gave a story (I'm sorry I'm pregnant...) was the best way to "prank" the kids because the others who just told their kids - I ate your candy - were kinda like, screw you. He felt that many of these kids were too young to prank like that. It should have been reserved for the teenagers.

Firebird - posted on 11/05/2011

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Ok I am going to try to phrase this very clearly so I don't get yelled at. I only found funny the kids who didn't cry. There was a couple at the end. I thought it was a really mean thing to do, and I wouldn't have done it, I mean, who deliberately makes their kids cry like that? But the kids scolding their parents at the end were hilarious.



Edited to add: The boy who got mad and started hitting the wall made me laugh too... forgot about him.

Jenn - posted on 11/05/2011

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Erin, there are a few reasons this upset me. First I put myself in the child's shoes - how would I feel? Second - why tape it and put it out there for the whole world to see and now it will NEVER go away! (something I think many people don't think about when plastering their photos and videos online) And third, it isn't that they're crying over chocolate, they are upset that their parents (the people who they are to implicitly trust) took something from them (whether they actually took it or not doesn't matter). I realize that this is meant to be a joke, and some people might think I need to lighten up, but first of all I'm not raging mad about it, it just upset me to watch the kids crying, and I think some people are forgetting that this was a trick played on CHILDREN by ADULTS. It's one thing to play pranks of that caliber on another adult, but children are on an entirely different level. If you like to joke around and play pranks on each other in your family, that's fine, but do it at the child's level, and not at the child's expense.

Jeannette - posted on 11/04/2011

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My husband and I have joked about doing this to our kids in the past, but we never did. If we had, we sure as heck wouldn't have filmed it. I feel bad for those really young kids, but the two at the end were freaking hilarious!

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My girls just made me watch it cuz they thought the kids were so cute. I liked a couple of the reactions (not any of the crying ones), but yeah... I just think that's cruel.

Kate CP - posted on 11/04/2011

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I agree with you: I found it mean and hurtful. There's nothing funny about making a kid cry.

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