Halloween brings with it a slew of creepy decorations, kids in princess and superhero costumes and Tim Burton movie marathons. But more than anything, Halloween comes with candy and other festive treats.
Starting in the middle of September, every drugstore and grocery store lines its aisles with oversized packs of fun-sized candy to give out to eager trick-or-treaters and party guests. Everything from classic chocolate bars to candy corn can be found almost anywhere.
Some of the best Halloween treats are the classic chocolates: Milky Way, Three Musketeers, Snickers and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The fun sized version of these make the perfect prize for trick-or-treating kids as well as sleep-deprived college students.
Freshman David Pasmanik said Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are his favorite Halloween treat.
"They always come in cheery orange despite the time of year, conjuring, to me at least, fond memories of my idyllic childhood, walking through streets we didn't know, dressed in costumes whose significance we didn’t understand," he said.
While chocolate bars are great for trick- or-treaters, smaller bite-sized chocolates are perfect for Halloween parties. Bowls of M&M’s and Skittles are perfect for party goers. They’re easy to grab and eat, and they save the party host wrapper clean up after the party has ended. If you really want to put some trick into your treat this Halloween, mix a bowl with M&M’s and Skittles and wait for an unsuspecting party guest to eat a handful, for a bittersweet surprise.
Most major chocolate companies have also started producing miniature, unwrapped versions of their most popular candies. Now bowls of mini Kit Kats and York Peppermint Patties, as well as many others, can be added to any party.
Chocolate isn’t the only Halloween treat out there. One of the best Halloween treats is the iconic candy corn. Once candy corn is out on the shelf, it’s officially time for Halloween. These little white, orange and yellow treats mark the beginning of the season and are a great treat for people of all ages. A bowl of these instantly adds cheer to any room.
“My favorite Halloween candy is candy corn because it’s sweet,” freshman Mohammed Syed said. “They used to give it out to us in elementary school, and I used to throw it at other kids.”
If you’re trying to stay healthy this Halloween, don’t despair. You can still keep to your diet and stay festive. Try peeling an orange and putting a small piece of celery on the top to make the perfect little pumpkin treat.
You can also make a ghostly treat by cutting off the top of a banana and using two chocolate chips for eyes. These spooky but healthy ghosts are the perfect snack for Halloween time.
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