What Would Penn Staters Give Out On Halloween?

It’s spooky season once again, and costumed children all around the nation will be getting ready for every kid’s dream: free candy. Every Halloween, kids set out with the goal to collect as much sugar as possible, but what would they head home with if some of the doors they knocked on were that of famous Penn Staters?

To get in the Halloween spirit, we brainstormed what candy, if at all, some famous Penn Staters would hand out on Halloween

James Franklin

Franklin is in an interesting spot right now. Under fire from fans for the loss to unranked Illinois and seemingly distracted by rumored interest for job openings at USC and LSU, Franklin’s got a lot on his plate at the moment.

Trick-or-treaters? Franklin doesn’t have time for that. If any kids stroll up to Franklin’s house this Halloween, we bet they could expect a bowl on the porch filled with an assorted bag of candy from the grocery store, plus a sign on the door that says “1-0 piece each.”

The Nittany Lion

The Symbol of Our Best is Penn State’s greatest hype-lion, and because of that, we think that he would have a hard time staying put on Halloween. The Nittany Lion will want to be in action making sure trick-or-treaters have a good time.

Don’t worry, though. The Nittany Lion wouldn’t miss out on giving out candy. He’ll just probably carry his with him so he can multitask, entertain the community and give out candy at the same time.

Sue Paterno

Many Penn Staters know the infamous tale of when Sue Paterno and her friend painted the Nittany Lion Shrine orange before the Homecoming game against Syracuse, pinning it on the opposing school to fire up school spirit. In that same spirit, it’s funny to imagine a hypothetical situation where SuePa gives out empty (orange) Reese’s wrappers in order to fire up trick-or-treaters to work hard for more candy that night.

That said, we all know that SuePa would never do her trick-or-treaters candy dirty like that, although it would make for another good story.

President Barron

With President Eric Barron nearing his retirement, this will be his last Halloween as Penn State’s Commander in Chief. So, what will he give out as his grand finale? If we had to make a guess, it would be 100 Grand bars.

First of all, it’s no secret that Barron is wealthy, not to mention his recent raise, so a 100 Grand bar only makes sense. President Barron is also on the older side, and we don’t know many millennials who’d give out 100 Grand bars for Halloween, so do with that information what you will.

Micah Shrewsberry

It hasn’t even been a year since Penn State hired its new men’s basketball coach, and we would argue that Shrewsberry is already one of the more popular people on campus. He has rejuvenated the program’s recruitment, convinced seniors to stick it out for their last season, and instilled a “win now” mentality in his team.

Sure to say, Shrewsberry is a likable guy, and he seems like the sort of fellow to give out full-sized candy bars. Every kid knows where that house is in their neighborhood and always looks forward to it. Receiving a full-sized candy bar on Halloween is like gold to trick-or-treaters, and Shrewsberry seems like the sort of guy that would make that happen.

The Willard Preacher

We don’t think this one needs much explanation. It feels fairly obvious that the Willard Preacher would give out a pocket bible on Halloween. If he’s got the dedication to stand outside Willard Building preaching day in and day out, he isn’t going to miss Halloween’s golden opportunity for him to spread his message to a new audience. We just wonder if kids have learned to skip that proverbial house yet.

Micha Hancock & Haleigh Washington

Penn State is known for producing world-class athletes and has a handful of Olympic gold medals under its belt. Some of these gold medals game in 2021 at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. USA Women’s Volleyball took home the gold with two Penn Staters on their roster.

Micha Hancock and Haleigh Washington, both Penn State women’s volleyball alumni, came home from Tokyo boasting gold medals. We know that if we won a gold medal, we’d wear it with pride for a looong time. Trick-or-treaters knocking on their door on Halloween can expect to pick from a selection of gold-wrapped candies like chocolate coins, Rolos, and almond Hershey Kisses.

Saquon Barkley

Nittany Lions football legend Saquon Barkley is known for many things. The running back, who currently plays for the New York Giants, put up incredible numbers during his time at Penn State, but one of his most impressive feats is his insane quads.

Barkley’s quads are huge, and we’re sure he needed to boost his protein intake to get there. With that in mind, plus the knowledge that he can spend a bit of dough on Halloween that’s to his multi-million dollar NFL contract, we would bet that Barkley is giving out some nice protein bars to trick-or-treaters. It may not be the kid’s most popular pick, but it’s a good way to promote some gains in the community.

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Mikey DeAngelis

Mikey DeAngelis is a junior majoring in film production who is also serving as one of Onward State's visual editors. During his free time, he enjoys making content for his YouTube channel. Mikey loves Philly sports, traveling and hiking in National Parks, and watching movies. To reach Mikey, feel free to reach out on Twitter (@mikey_deangelis) or by email ([email protected]).

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