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Ghouls, goblins, tricks, and treats. It’s almost time for the spookiest holiday of the year. Whether you’re planning on dressing up and hitting the neighborhoods or passing out candy at home this Halloween, knowing the best (and worst) Halloween candy can make your house the best—or most avoided—on the block.


We asked kids, grown-ups, and candy stores to share with us their favorite and least favorite Halloween candy treats, and the results were pretty uniform across the board. Does your favorite candy indulgence make the list?




  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
    Peanut butter and chocolate? It’s the perfect combination for the perfect treat.
  • Snickers
    This classic crowd-pleaser of chocolate, caramel, nougat, and peanuts comes in minis, bite size, or full-size bars.
  • Milky Way
    Another favorite, indulge in the classic milk chocolate, or for the dark chocolate lovers, try the midnight version.
  • Kit Kat
    The traditional chocolate wafer crisp is sure to be a winner, but try some of the other flavors as well including lemon, raspberry, strawberry, and matcha. 

Bear Costume

  • Twix
    Whether you’re a left Twix or right Twix person, this cookie, caramel, and chocolate combo will be a hit.
  • M&M’s
    With so many varieties, like peanut, dark chocolate, brownie, peanut butter, pretzel, caramel, and more, there’s a little something for everyone.
  • Butterfinger
    While not ranking as high on the list these days, it’s still a classic that kids (and adults) love.
  • Hershey Bars
    This can include the classic chocolate bar, or extend to Krackel bars, Mr. Goodbars, and even dark chocolate bars.
  • Gummies
    Whether you opt for classic gummy bears or worms, go sweet and sour with Sour Patch Kids, or anything in between, the fun-size bags are never enough. 

Kid with dog and Candy



  • Candy Corn
    Though you may not think it’s Halloween without it, it’s best to keep this tradition to yourself.
  • Tootsie Rolls
    While many houses will hand this out, it won’t be one of the favorites at the end of the night.
  • Necco Wafers
    These giant Smartie-like candies may be nostalgic, but they aren’t likely to be a hit with the kids on the block.
  • Smarties
    Speaking of Smarties, these candies are no longer very popular either. They are still common though, so be different and hand out something else.   

More Candy

  • Double Bubble
    It’s rock hard, difficult to chew, and the flavor only lasts for a few seconds.
  • Good & Plenty
    In fact, try to avoid anything black licorice flavored. It’s not very popular with the kids these days.
  • Pixy Stix
    These paper straws full of flavored sugar aren’t good for kids’ teeth or tummies.
  • Wax Bottles Or Lips
    Kids don’t realize the wax isn’t edible, so it can be a confusing and disappointing item to pull out of their candy baskets.
  • Anything That Isn’t Candy
    While it’s great to want to support a healthy lifestyle, don’t be that house that hands out fruit, toothbrushes, or other healthy options. Or, give both healthy and unhealthy options for a nice balance.