Candy is Halloween currency to kids, and while quality matters, this is one occasion where quantity reigns supreme. I remember stepping on a scale with my pillowcase full of candy as a kid, comparing my Halloween haul to that of my various family members. It was an unspoken rule, as it is in many households, that the kid who collects the most candy wins Halloween. But this year, 9-year-old Dylan Suiter from Vandalia, Ohio forfeited his potential win in favor of something more important.
While trick-or-treating in his neighborhood, Dylan approached a house that had left their candy bowl outside. Another unspoken rule of Halloween is the “take one” rule – in the event of an unattended candy bowl, kids should take one piece of candy unless otherwise indicated. But in a video captured by the home’s security camera, we see that Dylan didn’t take one piece of candy.
In the now-viral clip, Dylan sees that the candy bowl is empty, and begins to walk away. After spending a few seconds considering his options, Dylan opens his own candy bag, and places some of his hard-earned loot into the stranger’s bowl. As he completes his touching mission, the 9-year-old does perhaps the most adorable “I’m doing a good thing, and I’m proud” dance the world has ever seen.
The clip spread like wildfire, touching hearts around the world with a simple act of kindness. Dylan’s good deed made it all the way to Ryan Reynolds, the inspiration behind Dylan’s Guy costume.
“I saw lots of people dressed up as Guy from Free Guy, but nobody blew me away quite like you” Reynolds said in a video to Dylan. “That was amazing. Doing a sweet deed like that, but also, doing it without any expectation of reward.”
Dylan’s viral act of kindness was never meant to be viral. After he placed a generous handful of his candy in the previously-empty bowl, Dylan fled the scene. Had it not been for the neighbor’s security camera, only Dylan would know about his good deed.
Thanks to the power of the internet, however, Dylan is inspiring others to act selflessly. Complete strangers have offered Dylan candy and notes of gratitude, but the adorable 9-year-old is content with spreading one simple message.
“Just be kind and nice,” Dylan told WDTNTV.