Halloween is one of those holidays where children and adults can come to an agreement on at least one thing – free candy is awesome! But choosing which candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters can be a daunting task.
The variety of Halloween candy available is a bit overwhelming. Grocery stores have full aisles dedicated to showcasing the dozens of choices. It can be tough to pick which candy will be a definitive crowd-pleaser. Here are some of the best of the best – and some you shouldn’t even consider.
Chocolate remains most popular
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According to CandyStore.com, you can’t go wrong with chocolate. It easily rounds out their top five picks. Stocking up on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Twix, Kit Kats and M&Ms will likely win you some popularity contests among your neighbors.
Even better, go with the Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins. You’ll have people knocking on your door twice.
A surefire way to be named the coolest neighbor around – hand out full-size candy bars. You can pick up a 30-count box for around $20 if you have a membership to a warehouse club. In 30 years, you can bet your trick-or-treaters will be able to tell you exactly which house did this – and which ones gave out toothbrushes!
As good as chocolate is, not all of it is created equal. Some chocolate that will get you on the trick list might include Mounds, Almond Joys and PayDays.
Don’t forget about non-chocolate candy
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CandyStore.com says the popular non-chocolate options include Starburst, Skittles and Nerds! And just like chocolate, not every type of candy will get you faithful fans in your neighborhood.
Handing out “treats” like Licorice, Candy Corn, Smarties and Tootsie Rolls is an unmistakable way to annoy the neighborhood’s youngest residents. Topping the list of the worst of the worst … Circus Peanuts.
You have to give the company credit for longevity. Circus Peanuts were invented in the 1800s – but candy has had some hardcore advancement over the past 200 years and Circus Peanuts will do nothing for your reputation.
Treats aren’t always food
Another way to win over neighbors is to be prepared for kids with food allergies. Placing a teal pumpkin at your front door is a sign you have non-food treats to accommodate kids with food allergies.
The Teal Pumpkin Project suggests small items like glow bracelets, bubbles and rings. And it’s a good idea to keep the toys separate from the candy to avoid any contamination.
You can address the healthy eaters with treats like organic fruit pops or fruit snacks, both of which are allergy-friendly.
Don’t go homemade
If you’re considering giving out homemade treats – don’t. ConsumerSafety.org has some great recommendations for how to keep children safe on the holiday, and one of the biggest is to not accept anything homemade or unwrapped.
While your intentions may be pure, you may look like a creeper given the decades-old stories of razor blades and needles being put in candy. The only time this might be acceptable is if you have an established, trusted relationship with the parents and child. But most parents will likely toss the goodies in the trash.
Cover some or all of the above, and you’ll be the neighbor kids talk about for years to come.