Best and Worst Halloween Treats: What You Need To Know For This Hallows Eve

October 21, 2010

Here it is: The best and worst Halloween treats for 2010! Everyone remembers coming home after a night of Trick-or-Treating and foraging through their candy bag only to find one neighbor had given out pencils, and have their parents take away that unwrapped brownie that looks so tasty. Don’t be that neighbor this year! Find out this year’s dos and don’ts, plus photos and video below!

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You don’t want to upset this little guy! Gone are the days of trusting parents and sweet, trustworthy neighbors. In today’s world, moms and dads meticulously pick through their kids’ candy loot, and anything deemed unsafe gets tossed. So, that makes our first don’t:

Don’t give away home baked goods! Sure, it’s a nice gesture. But if parents find a cookie from unknown origins in their kids’ bag, it’s getting tossed. Along the same lines, we come to our second rule: Don’t give away unknown candy. Parents will feel much more comfortable having their boys and girls getting a sugar high from a brand they recognize.

Now, you can’t talk about the best and worst Halloween treats without talking about kids’ preferences. One of the least popular candies given out is candy corn. While some just love the stuff, most young people today probably think it sounds too healthy to be good (The same goes for candy apples). I don’t think I even need to talk about raisins. Rule number three: No Candy Corn or Raisins!

But that’s enough of the don’ts, here are some dos! Do give out popular candy. That one seems a little obvious, but here is the scoop: top-scoring treats on All Hallows Eve are M&M’s, Milky Way Bars, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Adding to the excitement, here’s another do. Do let kids pick their own candy! There’s nothing worse than seeing your favorite candy in a bowl, only to be handed candy corn.

There are a few more things to keep in mind for a happy holiday. Avoid nuts, as a lot of kids are allergic these days. Jawbreakers are a bad idea, the name says it all. Do you have your own list of the best and worst Halloween treats? Or some more dos and don’ts to add to the list? Let me know in the comment section after you check out the photos and video below!

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Photos: The Media Circuit

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19 Responses to “Best and Worst Halloween Treats: What You Need To Know For This Hallows Eve”

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    Laurie Says:

    The best item I’ve come up with that kids seem to really like, and even parents appreciate are juice boxes. Trick or treating is a busy, thirsty business, and I have had more parents tell me what a good idea that was.

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    Amanda Says:

    My kids love the small candy bars; funsize butterfingers, snickers, reese’s,milkyways, and kitkats. They trade them around. I always give out fun size candy bars on Halloween, they are a hit.

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    map Says:

    The absolute worst candy is the stuff that comes with the black and orange wrappers. I don’t even know what it is called but it is gross…I have never met anyone who liked it!

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    Sharon Says:

    It took about two years before kids trick-or-treated at my house when unbeknownst to me, my husband gave out those brick-hard granola bars!

    He thought he was doing something healthy, but it was awhile before kids forgave him!

    An unpopular candy when I was a kid, that we were always unhappy to see in our bag, were the wrapped butterscotch or mints that “old ladies” (like I am now…haha) would give out, one to each child. Bah, Halloweenbug!

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    susan Says:

    bubblegum is the worst to receive, because lil ones can’t have it anyway and the ones who can have it it’s really sticky on carpets and hair

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    barbara Says:

    They worst has to be the old popcorn balls. Small kids can’t eat them. And they are so sticky and a mess. Give a small bag of mini popcorn. They can pop at home. Hot and fresh!

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    Julie Says:

    One year, I had so many kids, but not enough candy. I had turned out the porch lights, but my jack o’ lanterns were still going, so kids kept coming. In a desperate search of my cabinets, I found unopened boxes of hot chocolate with marshmallows & Pop-Tarts. Well, kids flocked even more quickly. One girl asked me, “Are you the lady that is giving away hot chocolate?”

    I give out bundles/baggies of hot chocolate packets & Tootsie-Roll pops. They can enjoy the hot chocolate when they get home (it is always cold & wet in our region; plus, hot chocolate gets the kids relaxed and sleepy) and the Tootsie Pop later!

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    Sharon Says:

    It is a waste of money to give out any candies that are unwrapped. They are the first to go into the trash no matter what it is!

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    B Says:

    I love the idea of poptarts and hot chocolate, I’m going to do that this year. Along with the candy my husband and I also give light stick bracelets. We even have parents asking for them. I like giving out the full size candy bars because when I was a kid we always got the full size candy, the snack size somehow made it’s way into halloween but I know the kids love the full size because they flock to our home.

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    Daniel Says:

    When I was a kid I picked up on this and still do it now 40 years later. Print out labels that say; I assure you that any candy inside this bag is safe for your child to eat. It came from (your name) (your address) (your phone number) then attach to small ziploc bags with candy inside, I still have parents tell me they wish everyone would do this.

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