Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet

One I learned in kindergarten:

Trick or treat, smell my feet
give me something good to eat
if you don't, I don't care
I'll pull down your underwear!


This is extremely widespread. Variations with and without the underwear references go back to at least the 1960s, and I'd guess they go back to at least the 1940s. Probably not much before that, as trick or treating really only goes back to about the 1930s (Yes, I know the stories about it going back to the druids, etc. There are plenty of OTHER holidays with "ritual begging" that are similar, but trick or treating got started in the states circa the 30s).

What did you hear?

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29 comments:

  1. Trick or treat, smell my feet,
    Give me something good to eat,
    Not too big, not to small,
    Just the size of Montreal!

    (Thunder Bay, northwestern Ontario, 1970s and 80s)

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  2. Trick or treat, smell my feet,
    Give me something good to eat,
    Not too big, not to small,
    Just the size of Montreal!

    (central Alberta, 1970s and 80s)

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  3. I remember hearing the version by those two commenters in the 90s as well when I grew up.

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  4. Trick or treat, smell my feet,
    Give me something good to eat!

    Michigan, USA (1969 and 1970s)

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  5. trick or treat smell my feet give me something good to eat no too big not too small just the size of montreal!!!:)

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  6. i see london i see france i see ghosties underpants

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  7. trick or treat pretty please something better than my feet

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  8. trick or treat smell my feet give me something good to eat if you don't i don't care i will wave your underpants everywere

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  9. trick or treat, smell my feet
    give me something good to eat
    if you don't just beware, i might show you my underwear.

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  10. trick or treat smell my feet give me something good to eat if you don't i don't care i'll take a picture of your underware ps just beware (evily said)

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  11. trick or treat smell my toes... AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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  12. trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat, if you don't, I DON'T CARE, maybe i'll just pull your hair, maybe i'll take your underwear, everyone is gonna stare, at your, hair. Just tryna be fair!!!

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  13. Trick or treat, smell my feet,
    Give me something good to eat,
    Not too big, not to small,
    Just the size of Montreal!

    (Toronto, early 2000s)

    I also heard another version:

    Trick or treat, smell my feet,
    Give me something good to eat,
    Not too big, not to small,
    Just the size of Fairview Mall!

    (Area around Fairview Mall, Toronto, early 2000s)

    but that's cuz I lived near Fairview Mall

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  14. Trick or treat
    smell my feet
    give me something good to eat
    If you don't
    I don't care
    I'll just chew my underwear.

    Phoenix, Arizona, late 60's

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  15. Trick or treat
    smell my feet
    give me something good to eat
    if you con't
    I don't care
    I'll put a bug in your underwear!

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  16. Trick or treat
    Smell my feet
    Gimme something good to eat

    If you dare
    I don't care
    I'll just grief your underwear!

    By DrOvi. LOL

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  17. The line we used when our parents and teachers forbade the underwear one was "I'll throw candy everywhere".

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  18. I used to sing this when I was young and it felt very great. Thank you very much.

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  19. Trick or Treat smell my feet
    Give me something good to eat
    If you don't I don't care
    You can smell my underwear!

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  22. A few of us naughty kids would say:

    Trick or treat, smell my feet
    Beat your meat on the toilet seat

    Southern California, early 70's

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  23. My Neice's Teacher taughter her:

    Trick or treat
    smell my feet
    give me something
    good to eat
    If you don't
    I don't Care
    I'll just make some toast instead

    (Palastine, Texas 2012)

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  24. Trick er treat
    Smell my feet
    Give me something good to eat
    If u don't I don't care ill pull down your underwear
    It's not red
    It's not blue
    It's just filled with pee & poo

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    1. Oops... I don't know that was connected to the account w pic of my kids

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  25. I too have flat feet or fallen arches and no it is not considered a dissability! You need to get insoles in your shoes, you can buy these from most supermarkets and pharmacies. If it is giving you so much trouble go and speak to your Doctor!
    http://www.footcentersofnc.com/common-foot-problems/flat-feet.html

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