October 25, 2017

Expert: Jimmy Kimmel’s “I ate all your candy” Halloween prank too “traumatic” for kids

David MenziesMission Specialist

The fun police are up in arms about the one and only thing there is to like about Jimmy Kimmel, and that is his late-night show’s “I ate all your candy” Halloween prank that runs every November.

For six years, Kimmel has invited viewers to send in home video footage of parents telling their kids they’ve eaten all their Halloween candy, but now we’re told this might prove too traumatic for kids.

Eventually, the kids are told their treats are safe and sound, but in a Washington Post article, a child psychiatrist warns this prank isn’t so much a practical joke about the temporary loss of candy but rather, leaves kids with a sense of betrayal that will linger long after parents own up to the joke.

If we can’t raise our kids without the odd prank or busting their chops now and then, little wonder they’ll grow up to be the sort of campus kids who are triggered by the slightest indignities.

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commented 2017-10-26 23:26:13 -0400
Evelyn Cooper: Very good!
commented 2017-10-26 12:02:29 -0400
- No fan of the fun police but it’s funny when they turn on their own, in this case Jimmy Kimmel.
commented 2017-10-26 10:08:46 -0400
William Elder; Ya, I love the “feelers”. You ask them what 2+2= and you get, " I feel like it’s. .."
commented 2017-10-26 00:27:25 -0400
Well something like this might traumatize little MalcomX-John Lennon III into life long snowflake syndrome. Then society will be saddled with another “feeler” working out their emotional problems as a child psychologist.
commented 2017-10-26 00:07:28 -0400
For Jan G. : Your suggestion makes a lot of sense. To tease a young child especially to the point of tears regarding an event that is special, slightly mysterious and exciting, (venturing outdoors in the early evening to the homes of strangers), and the source of some anxiety to a young child, is simply child abuse for the juvenile entertainment of the self-centred parent or adult (hardly an adult, actually). I would hope that children who experienced this thoughtlessness from their stupid parents, keep it in mind for when Mommy and Daddy are old, slightly confused, with luck are wheel-chair bound and need assistance or support:
(“Sorry the toilet isn’t working today, but here’s a cup, or would a pail be better?” )
commented 2017-10-25 23:31:02 -0400
I don’t remember if I ever played that trick on my kids, I will have to ask them. In the first clip, the reaction of that little girl is traumatic & I thought, oh, that’s cruel. Kids will react differently, some just shrugging their shoulders & others having a fit. It’s funny to us as we watch, for the kids, not so much.
commented 2017-10-25 22:53:24 -0400
Here’s a better prank.
If one parent plans to play this prank on their toddler or young child, the other parent, unbenownst to the spouse, tells the child what the other parent is planning on doing and instructs the child to say, hey, I’m ok with that.
The prank will be on the other parent, not the child.
No one cries, the lesson in playing tricks is learned, no one gets hurt. Unless the parents get into a fight and one starts to cry…usually the man!
commented 2017-10-25 22:44:24 -0400
I guess if they play little tricks on each other all the time and know that it’s ok to tease, but when the child will end up crying, sorry, that’s mixed messages.
For the joy, and for some kids a real challenge to go out door to door they experienced the night before, was shattered to the point of crying. Association will be made to the prank rather than the positive experience and fun they had on Halloween. Jokes and playing tricks are fine and kids should learn to bounce back, but not at such a young age that will cause them to cry. No way….nein…..het

People are doing as Jimmy Kimmel does? The authority on sensitivity and discretion? Why would you want to make a child cry? No way….nein….het
commented 2017-10-25 22:15:30 -0400
Jimmy Kimmel getting bad press, GOOD.
He’s a left wing, Tratorous, POS, that thinks he’s funny.
He feeds off of the Tits of the Hollywood Elite like George “We have to take in more refugees” Clooney or Meryl “We are so vilified” The Creep Streep. And all the other Self Absorbed, Entitled, Virtue Signalling Hollywood Cretins, the next place they will all be living in will start with the letter “H” as well and it’s called HELL.
commented 2017-10-25 19:40:55 -0400
What kid got through childhood without a parent sibling , uncle or cousin tricking and teasing them? It’s a cruel world out there. The Dad in the first clip was a bit overly harsh by getting her to step up again to look into the empty pot…..

These clips were hilarious! I still really dislike Jimmy Kimmel though.
commented 2017-10-25 15:30:25 -0400
If this psychiatrist is to be believed, why did she wait six years to say anything?!!!

The majority of the children in these videos who are initially upset to learn all their candy is gone, quickly understand it was a joke when their parents fess up. They pick themselves up off the floor, stop crying and screaming & a few some laughed with their parents

There have been a few children over the years who have said, “that’s okay…” when parents told them they ate all the candy. I was fascinated by these kids who didn’t throw fits, and, sometimes said they just really had fun trick or treating.