I Won Nick or Treat!

When I was growing up, Nickelodeon was probably my favorite TV station. I loved the channel and still do. It’s a highly memorable part of my childhood.

When I was at IZEAFest last year, I had an animated and highly enjoyable conversation with Ryan P. Thompson about old Nick shows like “All That,” “Doug,” “Kenan & Kel,” “Rocko’s Modern Life” and more. That conversation continued on Twitter where, somehow, I brought up that I had won Nick or Treat.

Nick or Treat was an annual giveaway that Nick would run each Halloween. The prizes would change each year, but in the year that I won, I collected a sleeping bag (that I had for many, many years), a plastic, glow in the dark Dracula model (that I never put together, but also had for many years) and probably a few other assorted things that I forget.

The way that you knew you would win is that they would call you on a certain day (it might have been Halloween) and you were supposed to answer the phone “Nick or Treat!” I’m thinking I was around 8. But, I remember it pretty clearly. I had picked up the phone a few times that morning to no avail – it had been my Dad or someone else. But, I happened to pick up the phone with a mouthful of peanut butter sandwich and it was someone calling to tell me I had won! I couldn’t talk, with the food in my mouth, so I handed it to my Mom.

Patrick O'Keefe

Managing online communities since 2000, I publish a collective of websites known as the iFroggy Network. I wrote the book Managing Online Forums and, as a public speaker, have presented for organizations like CNN, institutions like Australian National University and conferences like SXSW. More about me.

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Ryan Paul Thompson

about 9 years ago

I need to know more! How did it change your life! Did they give you a walk on appearance on Pete & Pete? Or let you dance on The Roundhouse? jk ;) It was awesome meeting you at Izeafest, and extremely nice to know that Nickelodeon had left as valuable an impression on others as it did to myself. I think somehow....through the television....Nickelodeon was able to detect your awesomacity (it's a word, and if it's not, it's going into urban dictionary), and knew that this conversation and article would follow years later. Wise choice, Nickelodeon....wise choice.

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Patrick

about 9 years ago

Haha, Ryan. I wish. :) I will say that Roundhouse was one of the early SNICK shows that I never really watched. Thanks for the kind words, Ryan. :) Was great to meet you, too. Thanks for the comment. Patrick

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Ron

about 7 years ago

I also won this when I was a boy. Won a glow in the dark sleeping bag the model and like a years supply of Capri sun drinks. The good old days lol

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Patrick

about 7 years ago

Haha. Awesome, Ron!

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