halloween candyWell, of course I can’t do a day-by-day blog series on my favorite things about Halloween without mentioning one of the integral parts of the season: CANDY. Sure, dressing up in costumes is a big part of it, as is the decorations and general spirit of things, but without the candy (candy candy candy candy), you could still have fun, I suppose…but there would be a strong sense of something missing.

And let’s face it, as a kid, going out at night (or at least dusk) and seeing what kind of a haul you could get was a rush like none other. And that was before all the sugar hit the system. And it wasn’t like Christmas or Easter, where you were given candy; on Halloween, you had to go out there and get the candy, door-to-door. Pound the street, with the always idle threat of “Trick or Treat”. And that made the candy taste all that much sweeter.

And there were certain levels of candy ratings, here. The best ones were always the Fun Sized versions of the name-brand chocolates and sweets. You know, the smaller versions of the Kit-Kats, Snickers, Milky Way and the like. Then you got the Halloween-themed candy, like the chocolate eyeballs with the caramel filling, the suckers in the shapes of skulls and zombie heads, the gummy candies that look like bugs and various body parts, and one of my personal favorites, the slime candy gel that come in the test tubes, for the mad scientist in all of us. Then there’s the non-chocolate Nestle brand candy: the SweetTarts, the Wonka candy, Laffy Taffy, Pixy Stix and the like that are pretty cool. The absolute worst, though, was the candy corn, those generic salt water taffy bits, and those chalky Necco Wafer discs. Popcorn balls were okay, but not really candy. And heaven help those houses that gave out fruit.

And the less said about the dentist houses that passed out toothbrushes, floss and Trident gum bits, the better.