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Top 5 Best and Worst things to get in...

With Halloween drawing near it means trick or treating and which also means candy that usually will last till Christmas or the next week. As a treat for everyone let's dig into the Halloween pale and check out the Top Five Best and Top Five Worst things to get in your Halloween bag. Before we get to the list here are my rules. This list is opinion based. Which means what I feel like deserves to be on this list it's on it. If something you like isn't on here then ether I felt it didn't need to be on my list or it I plain forgot. These things happen.....A lot. Now on to the best things to get in your bag on Halloween.

Number 5:


As kids we usually had our minds set on three things video games, Candy and toys. The toys that we usually got on Halloween were usually small party favors that were ether Halloween themed or just normal party favors. Sometimes it was crayons and a coloring book or parachute troopers to anything else in between.

Number 4:

Lolly pops (Suckers)

As far as candy goes there has always been an assortment. But you know you had a good run when your bag is full of these treats. The top of the list for these has usually been Tootsie Pops. Why? Because it's two candies in one. You first have a nice fruity flavor for a while then you taste the chocolate in the middle. Another favorite usually is Dum Dums. Though not a big fan of them personally they usually were nice to trade off for something else. They came in many different flavors as well as well as a mystery flavor. Why these though? They last long in your mouth, They come in many flavors, Also you can use the stick like you would hold a toothpick in your mouth. A nice way to top off a night is to have a sucker stick in your mouth with candy wrappers all around you.

Number 3:

Gummy Candy

These treats are a dentist's worst nightmare for many reasons. Though who didn't like the feeling of having chewy sweet candy stick to your teeth? Whether it's a pack of gummy bears or a pack of gum it was gonna stick around for much longer after you eat it.  Like any candy these come in many flavors. However gummy candy can come in almost any shape. From gummy bears to gummy sharks to anything that has a shape. However what the best thing with this candy is also one of the down sides of it. It maybe a good feeling at first then after a while it gets a bit annoying. Yet still a good treat that is even better on Halloween.

Number 2:

Hard candy/Powder Candy

Yes there was a tie. I couldn't really decide on a single pick for this one. Mostly because the top spot is worth this tie. I usually describe hard candy as something on the line of Smarties, M&Ms, Butterfinger BBs and Jawbreakers. Powder candy is well powder. Pixie stix and those Willy Wonka dunkers to name a couple. With hard candy the crunch of them is the best part. As for powder it usually was the sweet rush that entered as you poured it in. The bad side though is with hard candy is it can hurt depending on if you bite down too soon. Powder candy can leave a mess also it could get stuck up your nose if you try and pour it too far above your mouth just to look cool.

Number 1:

Candy Bars

We have reached the top of the Best of list and with a great pick. As a kid candy bars were the diamond standard Fun sized or full sized they were a great catch in your bag. Rule of thumb when getting candy bars. The rich looking places usually have the full sized candy bars. The fun sized can be anywhere. However it took luck to get a full sized bar. Is there a down side to this? Not really. Everyone is bound to have a favorite and one that could be traded off.

So now that we went through the best that means only one thing...... It only goes down hill from here. So now lets count down the Top 5 Worst Things to get in Your Candy Bag.

Number 5:

Candy Substitutes

Other then party favors some usually had a treat other then candy to offer. The reason why that this is on the bottom of the list is that even though kids want candy on Halloween that doesn't mean all substitutes were bad. Sometimes it would be an apple or dunkaroos or something you like anyways that isn't candy. So why knock it if it's not candy?

Number 4:

Coupon Books

As an adult this doesn't sound like a bad idea. However as a kid this wasn't that good. Usually given by ether adults trying to be funny or they don't really care to pass out candy and give you a coupon book to some place. Usually it's a Wendy's coupon book for a kid sized frosty or some treat at a fast food joint. Like Number 5 the reason it's low on the list is because it depends on tastes. Ether candy now or Frosties or something later. Though who would pass up a free Frosty?

Number 3:

Sugar Free Candy

Should have seen that coming from a mile away. Even though you see candy. Look out cause what you see may not what you expect. If it says Sugar Free your best bet is to turn the other way. Even though there is a sugar substitute in there. It usually would lead to a nasty after taste. So if you see it back away slowly and warn others. Also what is candy if it is sugar free?

Number 2:

Candy Cigarettes

Before you break out the pitchforks and torches and call out witchcraft hear me out. Even though this is a 90's kid staple candy wise I never liked them. To me they tasted like chalk. Or I was pranked with chalk who knows. As a kid and as an adult I still find these not that good. Call me what you like. But if it wasn't for my Number 1 pick on the list this would have been #1 on my worst of list.

Number 1:

Toothbrushes and Floss

You couldn't go one Halloween without seeing one of these in your bag. That one house would have them and it usually was the local dentist or health nut family. When you got these you were treated to something that you will not touch. Mostly because you already got them at home and didn't want any on a day meant to get a sugar high and having fun and getting scared. Let us worry about our teeth when our fun is done.

With that my Top 5 Best and Worst Things to get in Your Candy Bag comes to a close. Thank you for reading along. Now if you will excuse me some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups need my attention. Have a great Halloween everyone see you on Turkey Day.

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RetroOtaku620 Posted on Sep 30, 2023 at 12:58 AM

I actually like apples, so I wouldn't mind getting one in my trick or treat bag.

But yeah, I didn't like candy sticks either. I know I ate them a lot when I was younger, but I definitely wouldn't want them now. I definitely wouldn't want a toothbrush as a treat, even if it would be Halloween themed.

I probably wouldn't mind a coupon book as a kid, though I suppose it would depends on what the coupons are for.

SockofFleagulls Posted on Oct 15, 2021 at 04:30 PM

Candy cigarettes nowadays, worst list. Back in the day, best list. Especially the bubble gum ones that blew a puff of powder.

juannitasantiago Posted on Sep 08, 2017 at 08:35 AM

I'm really looking forward to this holiday.

Vaporman87 Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 08:18 PM

I can't believe someone so into Halloween would give Wendy's coupons. Onipar, turn in your Halloween Geek badge.

onipar Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 08:00 PM

I'm guilty of buying the Wendy's Frosty coupons and using them myself. :-p

Hoju Koolander Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 03:48 AM

Very universal and true on the best list, though spider-rings never did it for me. On the worst list I would add money. Not because free money is bad, but the houses that did this usually gave out nickels. Maybe you could get a piece of Bazooka Joe gum at 7-11 for that price, but the disappointment of getting 5 cents that wasn't even enough for a vending machine was pretty major for a kid who watched Scrooge McDuck swimming in the stuff every afternoon.

mickyarber Posted on Mar 07, 2014 at 01:15 PM

Good idea for an article, and well written. The Worst list, I fully agree. Slight rearrangement of the Best items for my personal taste, but the list as a whole I agree with.

While I personally like the taste of the candy cigarettes, it's poor form to give them to kids.

Good stuff.

Vaporman87 Posted on Nov 07, 2013 at 05:11 PM

Yeah. It's funny how age changes things like that. Pretty soon we will be the ones handing out the coupon books. LOL

MissM Posted on Nov 07, 2013 at 05:46 AM

I didn't even know they made sugar free Jolly Rancher candy. That just seems so wrong! I really liked your list. And yeah, as a kid, a coupon book would be awful. But at my age now I'd probably want that one the most out of everything else. lol

Vaporman87 Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 03:19 AM

Yeesh, those sound just awful! If you can't give out Americanized candy, don't give it out at all. LOL

pikachulover Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 02:36 AM

I used to live in a Chinese neighborhood and one of the worse things to get was ginger flavored candy! I hated getting those flavored salt candies, saladitos, or those lollipops with the chili on them.

Vaporman87 Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 02:30 PM

Very, VERY rarely, I would end up receiving a dime or quarter. That was annoying. It was less obnoxious than receiving a bunch of pennies, but still essentially telling the trick-or-treater, "I was too lazy to go buy candy, so go buy some yourself."

Benjanime Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 05:02 AM

oh man do i miss butterfinger BB's. i don't even know if they still make butterfinger ice pops

OldSchool80s Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 01:43 AM

Fun read. I would add to the worst list "a handful of pennies". I remember getting some of those and was never too pleased. I think I would rather get the McDonald's coupon book.

Favorite is probably still Smarties or Sweet Tarts in the little roll with the plastic twisted on each end. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

vkimo Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 06:23 PM

haha fun read. I hated getting those candies that have been around for years. Especially the super hard stuff like Sugar Daddy and Tootsie Rolls.

Vaporman87 Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 05:36 PM

Where to start? :) I have to agree that candy bars were where it was at when it came to candy. I started there, and worked my way down. Probably the candy bar I got the most in a full size version was Kit Kat, possibly because of it's smallish length compared to, say Snickers or 3 Musketeers.

I also enjoyed the occasional toy in my bucket, but it was a rarity - even in party favor form. I would have considered myself lucky to have received a parachute guy or bag of army men.

For a time, I think I received as many Blow Pops as I did Tootsie Pops. But that didn't last forever.

The candy substitute I received the most of were rice or popcorn balls. This was "alright" I suppose, but they were the last to get opened.

Regarding Candy Cigarettes, they weren't the tastiest of treats, but they were alright for those days after you've cleaned out the chocolate good stuff.

I was lucky enough to be a trick-or-treater before the onslaught of sugar free crap. So thankfully, this was not much of an issue. But anyone who hands out toothbrushes to trick-or-treaters deserves to have their house bathed in toilet paper. Unless, of course, they ALSO handed you a candy along with it. :)

Great read TDITH! Thanks so much!

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