An Idaho boy is being praised for sharing his hard-earned treats with a home hit by tricksters on Halloween, dipping into his own stash of candy to replenish a bowl of sweets so younger goblins and ghouls wouldn’t leave empty-handed.
Hayden Chapple had extensively planned his Halloween costume for his day at school and night spent trick-or-treating in his Idaho Falls neighborhood.
The 11-year-old was going to be Eleven from the popular Netflix show Stranger Things, and excitedly got his hospital gown and EEG cap ready for the big day.
“Monday before Halloween, he came home from school sick, and Halloween morning was spent throwing up,” his mother, Heather Chapple, told InsideEdition.com. “And he was devastated — because nobody was going to see his Halloween Stranger Things costume.”
But by the evening, Hayden felt well enough to trick-or-treat at a few local houses.
“A neighbor down the street had a little sign out that said, ‘Take a treat or two and do a trick. And smile, you’re on camera,” Chapple said.
The home belonged to Jesse Robertson, who left candy outside for trick-or-treaters while he and his wife took their daughters out for their own Halloween fun.
Their doorbell camera each year captures the tricks children do for their candy, but this year it also caught a youngster making off with all the treats.
“We were not surprised the candy was all taken,” Robertson said.
However, what happened next shocked Robertson and his family, he said.
Footage shows Hayden do his trick — a spinning jump off the porch — but, despite the promise of a treat, he walks away. But he returns and puts some of his own candy in the bowl.
“That’s just not something you see happen often with kids that age,” Robertson said.
Though there was no candy, Hayden still wanted to show off his skills, so he jumped off the step and began walking away.
“There were little kids coming up, and Hayden said, ‘Well, that’s sad; they’re not going to have any candy when they go up there,’” Chapple said. “I said, ‘You could always put some candy in there’ — and he just looked at me like I had come up with the best idea ever. So he grabbed a handful and put it back in the bowl.”
The good deed felt so good, in fact, it took Chapple time to convince her son to continue trick-or-treating.
“He wanted to keep putting candy in the bow,” she said with a laugh. “I didn’t want anyone to know we were doing it so I said, ‘That’s it, let’s go!’ and so then we left, and we didn’t really think a second about it.”
But soon many people would know what Hayden did.
Robertson shared the video of Hayden on Facebook, and by Friday, it had been viewed more than 50,000 times.
Soon word got back to Chapple that her son was "Facebook famous."
“It’s kind of gotten crazy,” she said with a laugh. “That’s just [Hayden] — he’s just a good kid. If he hadn’t wanted to do it, he wouldn’t have done it."
But what Hayden is most excited about is that his costume — and his skills — are on display for the world to see.
"After [we left] he actually said, ‘Oh, that was cool, hopefully [the camera] caught my trick!’”
Chapple commended Robertson for sharing the portion of his footage that was positive, saying: “they could’ve chosen to post the children stealing, but they didn’t. That was nice.”