Like family dinners during Thanksgiving or fireworks on the Fourth of July, Jimmy Kimmel's annual Halloween prank video has become a tradition that people can look forward to the year round. This year, Kimmel asked parents once again to tell their children that they ate all their Halloween candy while filming their children's reactions. As always, the reactions, which range from screams to eerily calm words of disappointment, were priceless.
YouTube Challenge - I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy 2018 youtu.be
Fans were as excited as ever to see the return of the prank!
@jimmykimmel I love these every year it’s hilarious— e_diminuco (@e_diminuco)1541165326.0
@jimmykimmel Classic!!! Love it every year!— Maritza A. Rosario (@Maritza A. Rosario)1541203038.0
@jimmykimmel One of my favorite parts of Halloween! The tricks!!! 😂— glk (@glk)1541166593.0
@jimmykimmel Halloween is SO much more enjoyable when we have this to look forward to the next day. #dontstop— T Taylor (@T Taylor)1541130903.0
This year's video had some classic lines, including one boy who sent his parents to their room for misbehaving.
@jimmykimmel Go to your room 😂— Jacqueline M Martin (@Jacqueline M Martin)1541130628.0
@jimmykimmel “I’m tellin’ ya, candy just isn’t that great.” 😂😂😂😂😂— mary zook (@mary zook)1541176095.0
Of course, the highlight every year is probably the kind-hearted children who immediately forgive their parents for their betrayal.
@jimmykimmel Props to all the parents raising wonderful kids, who forgive immediately and tell their moms, that the… https://t.co/hosLoEj5MT— Tim M (@Tim M)1541145006.0
@jimmykimmel I just saw this and it melted my heaft. The chi!even varied. But, the forgiving one, and the boy who s… https://t.co/lhier49lBn— Susan Moore (@Susan Moore)1541141584.0
@jimmykimmel Ahhh another way to judge parents and their kids lol All the ones that hit and cry vs the ones that are chill. lol— Yumikiko📎 (@Yumikiko📎)1541138419.0
As surely as Kimmel's yearly prank racks up millions of views on YouTube, it garners blowback every year for its supposed cruelty to the children.
@jimmykimmel Kids work hard for candy, sometimes overcoming stranger anxiety & shyness to do so. They are forced to… https://t.co/puX0TG7v0e— Karen M Hatch (@Karen M Hatch)1541155864.0
@jimmykimmel Not a fan of being an internet social justice warrior but as a father of a 7 year old daughter I could… https://t.co/VVVCg9UmPB— Mules (@Mules)1541162791.0
@jimmykimmel It’s abuse. Stop.— Paula Zimmerman 🖖🏼🦋 (@Paula Zimmerman 🖖🏼🦋)1541148077.0
One way 2018's video was different, however: some of the kids are finally catching on that their candy isn't eaten. They've seen Kimmel's previous seven videos and know its just a prank.
@jimmykimmel The little wise guy who emerges from the back room: "Oh, no. This is fake. I know this." 🤣😀— Marelisa Fabrega (@Marelisa Fabrega)1541131598.0
@jimmykimmel Wait Jimmy Kimmel how many years do you think you’re going to get away with this?— Tony Gray (@Tony Gray)1541130626.0
Now begins the countdown to Halloween 2019's prank. Hopefully, by then, people will finally understand the dominance of the horizontal video.
@jimmykimmel we really need to stop vertical videos before they ruin the world...— l------l (@l------l)1541130502.0
@jimmykimmel You should also tell parents to not film in vertical!— Simranjot Sandhu (@Simranjot Sandhu)1541159953.0