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October 24, 2015

Perpetual trick-or-treater Jon Jacobs doesn't need "Halloween" or a "costume" to eat other peoples’ food. "I trick-or-treat all day, everyday," says Jacobs.

Perpetual Trick-or-Treater Doesn’t Need “Halloween” To Eat Other Peoples’ Food


Perpetual trick-or-treater Jon Jacobs doesn’t need “Halloween"or a "costume” to eat other peoples’ food. “I trick-or-treat all day, everyday,” says Jacobs, who spends his waking hours in search of free food. “If there’s a bowl of m&m’s on someone’s desk at work, I’ll eat what’s in there,” says Jacobs, “then I’ll go to the kitchenette and shove someone’s left-over cake in my mouth. For me, every day is Halloween.”

Perpetual trick-or-treaters like Jacobs frown upon casual costumed observers of October 31st. "If you really want the good shit,”says Jacobs, “forget about dressing like a ghoul for a night and dragging a bag from stoop to stoop. Instead, take a bag to your friends’ pantries every other night, for a year. You’ll accumulate much more shit.” As we spoke,Jacobs was digging into a box of sugar cereal. "Not even sure where this came from,” he said between swallows, “and in about three minutes it won’t matter.”

There are some who feel Jacobs shouldn’t be doing what he does—predominantly his doctor, who keeps telling him to stop. “It’s who I am, ”says Jacobs, “at my very core is someone who perpetually needs to be shoving treats into my mouth.” Jacobs’ doctor says, “once in a while trick-or-treating is healthy—like on Halloween. But doing it all day, everyday like Jon Jacobs is very bad for your health. It also makes me very sad.“

Jacobs shrugs this off, “sure he has my best interest in mind, but he’s also looking out for his own fridge. He’s got good shit in there.” Jacobs also doesn’t limit himself to dessert, as Halloween trick-or-treaters typically do. “I’ll eat basically anything,” says Jacobs desperately, “if it’s around, I have to eat it.”

Jacobs plans to go trick-or-treating with his son Max this year and, while it’s like any other day for Jacobs, he says Max gets very protective of his candy. "He tries to lock his candy up in his bedroom,” says Jacobs with a smile and odd tummy rub, “but it’s hard to save something that’s already gone.”