Apprentice panel beater Donald Junior Green fished in his pockets for a bag of Haribo sweets to give to the youngsters but instead pulled out a plastic pack containing eight snap bags of cocaine he had bought for £200 that day, Oldham Magistrates’ Court heard.
He dropped the drugs into the goody bags carried by the three children, aged eight, six and five, who knocked at his home to play trick or treat, escorted by their father, an off-duty policeman.
The 23-year-old defendant then went back inside the house — put his hand in his pockets to get out his drugs and instead pulled out the Haribo sweets.
Green immediately realised what had happened and went on foot, then by car, scouring the streets of Oldham nearby to find the youngsters.
But the officer, Pc Simon Fowell, had taken his children home and, as they emptied their goody bags to share the spoils, he spotted the drugs — and made a swift call to his on-duty colleagues.
Green, who had never been in trouble with police before and worked and went to college, wiped his eyes with his hands as he stood in the dock and admitted a single charge of possessing a Class A drug on Oct 31. He was given a 12-month community order, ordered to do 130 hours community work and told he must pay court costs totalling £145 (€180).
Sean Brady, prosecuting, told the court Green was at his girlfriend’s house in Mendip Close, Royton, on Halloween night when the incident happened.
The defendant had earlier that day bought £200 worth of cocaine, divided it up into snap bags and put it in his trouser pocket.
His girlfriend had also bought some small bags of Haribo sweets which they had been handing out to trick-or-treating youngsters that evening.