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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46 Comments

  1. Paul

    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. Anonymous

    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. Anonymous

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

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  4. Anonymous

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

    Michigan, USA (1969 and 1970s)

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  5. Anonymous

    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. Anonymous

    i see london i see france i see ghosties underpants

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  7. Anonymous

    trick or treat pretty please something better than my feet

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  8. adam

    wow

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  9. tyana

    perrfact

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  10. Anonymous

    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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  11. Anonymous

    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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  12. Anonymous

    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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  13. Anonymous

    trick or treat smell my toes… AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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  14. Anonymous

    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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  15. Anonymous

    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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  16. Anonymous

    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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  17. Anonymous

    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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  18. Anonymous

    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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  19. Anonymous

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

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  20. best Long Island laser foot care

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

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  21. Briseis Oz

    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. Briseis Oz

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

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  23. Ananomous

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  24. Eliza beth

    This is a great post ! it was very informative.

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  25. Mohammad Wong

    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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  26. Ashley Hawes

    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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  27. B,T & Lily

    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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  28. B,T & Lily

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

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  29. James Ronald

    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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  30. Shawn O'Donnell

    DICK OR MEAT

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  31. Shawn O'Donnell

    DICK MEAT

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  32. PORKY B

    trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat, if you don't, I DON'T CARE i'll just cut your hair and put it in your underwear everyone Just trying be fair!!!

    Milwaukee Wisconsin mid 80s

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  33. Chezka Montano

    Trick or treat
    smell our feet
    give us something good to eat
    If you don't
    we don't care
    we'll just put money in your underwear.

    Another version (Alone *ONLY YOU*)

    Trick or treat
    smell my feet
    give me something good to eat
    If you don't
    I don't care
    I'll just put money in your underwear.

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  34. Sandi Jaramillo

    Funny!

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  35. Tamar Palkowski

    Ours was easy:
    First the worst
    Second the best
    Third they all go down the drain
    Last's the best of all the game
    (Molteno, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 1990's)

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  36. zenbeer

    Trick or Treat,
    Smell my Feet,
    Give me something good to eat.
    If you won't
    I don't care
    I've got bulletproof underwear.

    Circa 1970s, northern N.J.

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  37. Jo Muehlemann Braun

    This was what we said in the late 80's/early 90's in the Midwest. I had never heard the other versions.

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  38. Jo Muehlemann Braun

    This was what we said in the late 80's/early 90's in the Midwest. I had never heard the other versions.

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  39. Camilla Cracchiolo

    Trick or treat, smell my feet, if you die, you'll know why.

    Detroit, 1960s

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  40. Jade C

    Trick or treat
    Smell my feet
    Give me something good to eat
    If you don't
    I won't lie
    I will stab you in the eye

    Florida, early 2000s

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  41. jameswjbowden

    In Winnipeg in the 1990s, we used the same variation of the jingle as Paul and Anonymous said were used in Thunder Bay and central Alberta in the 1970s and 1980s:

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

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  42. Scarlette Spider

    The origins of the the rhyme comes from a series of childrens story books called "My Book House" It came with a parent teaching index for holidays, cultural customs, famous personages, etc. The true and actual original rhyme goes as follows: "Trick or Treat, can you please, give us something, good to eat. Or a trick, that's really quick, that I can do, licketysplit. Happy Halloween!" I've been trying to educate people to say it correctly for 50 years. I even have a decorative plaque with it inscribed on it i hang next to my front door every year. those who say it right get candy and money from me. those who don't get a magic trick.

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  43. Unknown

    We always sang the underwear version but I've recently heard a different version that went

    Trick or Treat
    Smell my feet
    Give me something good to eat
    If you don't, I won't be sad
    I'll just make you wish you had.

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  44. Unknown

    Trick or treat
    Smell my feet
    Give me something good to eat
    If you don't I'd beware
    Their be TP everywhere

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  45. Unknown

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

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  46. Bethany

    Swing swing swing on a summer day heyhey
    Im a little 4th grader
    as cute as I can be be
    and all the boys are laughing at me me
    my boyfriends name is jello
    he lives in alabama
    he picks his nose and his 24 toes
    and this is how my story goes,
    one day I was walking
    I saw my boy friend talking
    to the ugliest girl in the whole wide world
    and this is what she said ,
    she said I l.o.v.e love u
    I k.i.s.s kiss you ,
    with a whole in my heart
    and a big black dart
    this is what I said
    I said s.t.o.p
    SSSSTTTTOOOOPPPP!!!!

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