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I may be 32 years old, but I still look forward to a Halloween candy haul that rivals any ol’ 3rd-grade trick-or-treater. I know I’m not alone in this excitement: We’ve likely all been the adults who have somehow mysteriously ate all the Twix candies out of an unsuspecting trick-or-treater’s stash.
No matter how you like to celebrate (Trunk or Treat, door to door, or simply scooping up all the half-priced candy the next day), Halloween is a serious candy-eating holiday. In my book, it certainly rivals Thanksgiving and Christmas with the smorgasbord of leftover foods (er, candy) one can cart home. While those of us diehard candy corn lovers are often in short supply, I think these picks are, without a doubt, the hands-down definitive ranking of the best Halloween candy options to dole out from your doorstep — or simply save for your own snacking purposes.
3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a welcome sight any time of year (and in any dessert), and that’s absolutely the case for Halloween night. If you’re really feeling like the ghost-ess with the mostess, spring for the spook-ified version of this iconic treat (which features Reese’s in the shapes of ghosts, bats, and pumpkins). They’re nearly too cute to eat — emphasis on nearly.
Buy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, $4.79 for 10.5 ounces at Target
11. Milk Chocolate M&M’s
What else can be said about M&M’s that hasn’t been said? They’re a Halloween classic (a non-negotiable, really!), and the creamy milk chocolate fun-size packs are hard to beat, although I’ll never say no to the peanut or peanut butter varieties either. In the unlikely event you have leftovers after the big day, a few of these tiny bags make a very welcome addition to a batch of trail mix, cookies, or homemade granola bars.
Buy: M&M’s Milk Chocolate Fun Size Chocolate Candies, $4.88 for 10.53 ounces at Walmart