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Children take trick-or-treating seriously. It may look like fun and games, but anyone who’s ever worn a bulky Halloween costume and has dashed from one doorbell to another for candy knows that it’s all business.

So, when Adam Padilla (a.k.a. Adam the Creator) posted this photo of a ‘fun-sized’ Dole salad to Instagram and suggested that they might be dropped into children’s pillowcases this Tuesday night, some people lost it a little.


“Why would you do this?!?!?!?! #annoying,” commented one Instagram user.

“This is a felony offense,” said another.

How would your eight-year-old-self have reacted if an adult handed you a miniature bag of salad instead of a fistful of chocolate? As Padilla puts it, “I would legit call the cops on any house that gave these out.”

Well, luckily for children and dentists everywhere, it isn’t real. If you’re one of Adam the Creator’s 226k Instagram followers, you likely weren’t fooled by the packet of miniature greens that was first posted. After all, his account is dedicated to such hoaxes. But many who weren’t familiar with his work bought the gag, hook, line and sinker.

Not fooled, however, was the legal team at Dole, the world’s largest purveyor of fruits and vegetables. They weren’t too impressed with the prankster’s use of their logo and brand image, but in the spirit of Halloween, the company issued a playful reaction to the photo, which showcased their sense of humour and promoted Dole as a health-focused and progressive brand.

Dole claimed that their ready-to-eat salads will be on shelves in the coming year, so we probably won’t see any in candy bowls this Halloween. Next year’s another story, though.