I always love to read those "man-on-the-street" columns in my local newspaper. It seems that frivolous questions rather than weighty ones inspire far livelier and intriguing responses. In the same spirit, I collar friends, relatives, and total strangers to ask them inconsequential questions on culinary matters.

A pre-Halloween dialogue with two veteran trick-or-treaters, Alex (age seven) and his sister Sabrina (age four)

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Q: What kind of trick-or-treat candy do you like?

Sabrina: I like Kit Kat bars. I saw them on TV.

Alex: My favorite is Starbursts. I saw half a thing of Starbursts on the hill at the end of the block yesterday. I didn't eat them. They might have had ants. What I hate for trick-or-treat is raisins (makes dramatic gagging sound).

Sabrina: I like red lollipops. Know what? I'm going to be a fairy princess again.

Alex: I'm going to be a storm trooper. Or I might be a guy with a nerf gun.

Sabrina: I like every candy except I don't like strawberry candies...the kind which has no seeds in them but they have pictures of seeds on the paper.

Q: What's your family going to give for trick-or-treats?

Alex: My mom already got Starbursts. Maybe we'll get M&M's and Kit Kat bars too.

Sabrina: We never had Kit Kat bars in our house.

Alex: Yes, we have, you Weanie.

(Dialogue disintegrates rapidly after this point.)