Katie’s trick for a treat

Normally I don’t tell a lot of personal stories but this one can’t be skipped.  I don’t expect that many of you share this extreme plotted young girl Friday night activity, however , I guess this makes me unique.  At age 11,my parents would go out to dinner every Friday night.  I was the youngest of five and there were plenty of older siblings and their friends in and out through out the evening.  My friends from school and the neighborhood had a tendency to gather at my house for this very reason.  No one was too concerned with what we were up to.

We would usually order pizza, prank call boys in our class and watch John Hugh’s movies.  One night,  just past Halloween,  we had run out of candy and our sweet tooth had been on high for so long we were going into over processed sugar withdrawal.  So we  invented a game, no actually we customized a game.  The classic ͞scavenger hunt͟. Everybody knows eleven  year old girls would have birthday parties and go on scavenger hunts in the neighborhood.  This one had a twist.  We created a standard list with all your normal objects then interspersed on this list we added candy and sweet treat items.

We would then eliminate the items that were non food related by scratching them out, giving the impression that we had already collected all of those..  Therefore, the asked for list only contained treats and candy.  Most neighbors still had some Halloween candy and they would offer it up generously.  We, knowing better would not scratch these items off as received and then we would move on to the next house.  One team, one list only treats!  How far a kid would go to trick for a treat!

Katie O'Reilly
Katie O'Reilly
Truly a trendsetter, Culinary Artist Katie O’Reilly is a wholly unique talent in the overcrowded food industry. Her all-encompassing knowledge of all things food, combined with her artistic passion and educated and extensive palette, and added to the fact that she feeds over 40,000 guests each year, has elevated Katie’s culinary designs to the rarefied air of creativity and flavor profiles that only the top chefs enjoy.


  1. Vieve says:

    Great story to share! Love it! Kids always make up the most fun things to do when bored. Always random activities but so simple and fun!!

  2. C says:

    We would always trade our candy in with our parents to get our stash instead of the ones everyone was given out! Apparently now you can trade in candy to some dentists. Cheers to the kids who have that kind of control!

  3. Teresa Butler says:

    LOVE this story! Katie, you were always such a smart kid! Love that you used your quick wit to get FREE candy…again! I’ve been giggling all day.

  4. Dorothy says:

    I think as your mother I have heard this story but only in the last few years. But the going out to dinner was worth it Thanks for the memories

  5. Fred Johnstone says:

    This is so funny!! You are an amazingly entertaining blogger!~!

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