As Halloween is fast approaching, it’s time to pick out your costume, carve your pumpkins, decorate the house and, perhaps most importantly, make sure you’re stocked up and ready to take on the army of trick or treaters who will descend on your front door. Aside from the fear of incurring the wrath of tricksters unsatisfied with your offerings, giving out good snacks is one way to ensure everyone has a great October 31st.
Although we aren’t necessarily sure just yet what Halloween will look like in 2020, we’re holding on strong that kiddos across the country are going find a way to get their sweet tooth on, so don’t dismiss the candy shopping so soon. There’s a good chance you’re definitely going to need at least a couple of bags.
When purchasing Halloween candy, there are two important questions to ask yourself:
How much do you need?
The first factor depends on several variables, including the number of kids in your neighborhood, how decorated your neighborhood is, how good the weather will be and what state or town-wide rules will be implemented (due to the ongoing pandemic) on the evening of trick or treat.
Our rule of thumb is to estimate the number of kids in your neighborhood and multiply that figure by two. Then divide that by the number of pieces in the bags of candy you’re going to buy. The result should give you the number of bags you need to buy.
Which type of candy is best suited to your task?
The second factor is more about personal taste. After all, you’ll hopefully have some candy leftover, so you should definitely buy something you or your family will enjoy in the early days of November.
But, if you have a neighborhood with a lot of kids, you may want to mix a few cheaper bags of candy in with the pricier chocolate bars.
With those factors in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best Halloween candy you can order from Amazon. Many of these options offer Prime shipping options, so buying last minute isn’t a problem. Plus, Amazon usually has some great deals on bulk candies. Take a look through our list to see what our editors will be sinking their teeth into this spooky season, and pick out the bag (or three) that looks best to you.
1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
There seems to be a definitive general consensus on the SPY team as it turns out, none of us have a peanut allergy. Thank God. If you’re as blessed as we are, there’s no doubt you know that a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is the king of all Halloween treats. Every other candy bar in the candy bowl bows down to these chocolatey, peanuty treats, because they’re exceptionally delicious. There is something about covering that salty yet sweet peanut butter with a heavenly milk chocolate shell that really gets us going. And don’t even get us started about how these taste after a few hours in the fridge. Absolutely game-changing. This bag from Amazon is chock-full of our favorite goodies, holding 2lbs of single-packs for any allergy-free kid in the neighborhood. And yourself, because duh.
2. Ring Pops
Wearable candy really hits our nostalgia differently. Our managing editor Tim Werth said himself, “I feel like I’ve aged out of Ring Pops, but there was something so satisfying about them back in the day”. The rest of us agree, Tim, but we’re never too old for some delicious finger bling. The box contains 24 individually-wrapped candies that you can wear right on your finger. They’re great for the spooky season because they’re multipurpose for kids both eat and play with. This pack comes in seven different mouth-watering flavors, such as sour cherry, blue raspberry and mystery pink. Furthermore, they’re made in the USA and make a great addition to any Halloween candy bowl.
3. Twix Bars
For those who can’t get enough of caramel and cookies, we’re going to take a wild guess and say Twix is your vice. It definitely is for our SEO specialist Vita Savenko, who really can’t get enough of them and their “deliciously small-packed portions that are perfect for a quick treat”. This 1lb pack from Amazon is filled with 45 mini Twix bars to satisfy your, uh, we mean, the neighborhood kids’ cravings. At least that’s what you can keep telling yourself. Try your hardest not to buy a second bag to hide between the couch cushions for when the rest of the house is asleep.
While our assistant editor Taylor Galla specifically said she will avoid Nerds “’til the day she dies”, the rest of us used to love these little crunchy pebble packs in our trick-or-treat bags. No flavor hits harder than grape strawberry, so this Halloween, hand out these tangy mixed packs at your front door to watch the neighborhood kids’ faces light up with joy. We do have to admit, these don’t taste as great as they did when we were kids, so you might want to give these all away at your doorstep. They’re just a biiiiit too sweet for our adult tastebuds, but they’re mega nostalgic, nonetheless.
5. Kit Kats
Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar! Even if you don’t like Kit Kats, you still like Kit Kats. It’s just how it works and nobody knows why. These snappy, crunchy treats are perfect for filling Halloween bowls this year, because who doesn’t love the delicious simplicity of crisp wafers covered in milk chocolate? Make sure you grab an extra pack for you and your family. You’re going to need it. Believe that.
6. Jolly Ranchers
Jolly Ranchers are such an easy way to fill a bowl this Halloween. This 46oz variety pack of the classics, otherwise known as blue raspberry, watermelon, cherry, grade and green apple, are individually wrapped and will fill up your bowl in no time. Grab yourself a couple of bags of these and go full throttle when serving these suckers. Might as well!
7. Tara’s All Natural Gourmet Sea Salt Caramel
It’s time to get on your grandpa game. For a classic feel to your Halloween candy, consider adding Tara’s All Natural Handcrafted Gourmet Sea Salt Caramel to your mix. These old-fashioned treats are available in either an 11.5 or 20-ounce bag and come individually wrapped, making them ideal for Halloween trick or treat use. Taste-wise, they are made from delicious, premium and all-natural ingredients, including butter, fresh cream and vanilla. With these soft, creamy treats in your candy compilation, your guests and trick or treaters are sure to remember you.
The combination of milk chocolate, peanuts, caramel and nougat can only mean one thing. That’s right baby, we’re talking about Snickers. For those of you Snickers haters out there, our e-commerce editor Tyler Schoeber has just one thing to say, “if you don’t like Snickers, you’re wrong. I don’t make the rules”. Low key? He’s right. We’ll go as far as to say that Snickers are potentially the best candy bar of all time. They taste even better when they’re packed into bite-sized quantities and handed out for free on Halloween. Just thinking about them is having us considering going trick or treating ourselves this year.
9. Skittles and Starburst Variety Mix
Throw two of the best two fruity candies into one variety pack and you’ll get this delicious Skittles and Starburst mix. Don’t worry, you’re allowed to gasp. Each compact pack includes fruity candies from a selection of flavors, including strawberry, cherry, orange, lemon and several other fruits. Speaking of flavors, we have some controversy from the SPY team. Copy editor James Schiff claims his two favorite Starburst flavors are, wait for it, the yellow and orange ones. Excuse us while we cringe. But, to justify his choice, James reminds us that, “I, therefore, dislike pink and red, meaning I’m always willing to share my Starburst. Thus creating, arguably, the most perfect symbiotic relationship for eating candy. Ever.”
You can’t go wrong with a 70-count bag of M&Ms, even if they aren’t the most sought-after candy from kids. They’re still a delicious and iconic treat that nobody can resist. From memorable Christmas commercials to modern internet memes, M&Ms have shown their pertinence in culture for, like, ever, instilling the fact that these tasty bite-sized chocolates are going absolutely nowhere.
Bet you weren’t expecting to see these on the list. We weren’t either until our assistant editor Taylor Galla surprised the hell out of us by saying they are her favorite candy of all time. Like, in what world? While we do admit they’re good, Taylor goes the extra mile by saying “Any and all of their flavors are solid, and the act of chewing their artificially sticky, chewy texture is what the candy part of Halloween is all about IMO.”
12. Mars Halloween Candy Bars Variety Mix
While we do love our candy singularly, some of the best ways to stock up on the good stuff for trick-or-treaters is to buy a massive variety mix to hand out. With its mix of classic candy bars — 3 Musketeers, Twix, Snickers, Milky Way and M&M’s — this Mars Halloween Candy Bars Variety Mix is a real winner this spooky season. Each fun-sized bar or bag is ideal for sharing with guests and trick-or-treaters on Halloween night or for keeping as a tasty snack every time you get a chocolate craving. The bag contains 250 individually-wrapped pieces and features a cartoon vampire on the outside, making it a suitable vessel for doling out your candy if you don’t want to transfer it to a dish or another container.
13. Milk Duds
“I can almost feel these sticking to my teeth just by looking at them”, says our e-commerce editor, Tyler Schoeber. “Milk Dudes were like, the epitome of my childhood. I would search high and low for them on Halloween and trade with my friends who were lucky enough to get a box when I didn’t”, he continues. Why we aren’t all fans of these sticky, caramel-y sweets, Tyler seems to be a huge fan, so other kids must be too. Grab a ton this year and see if kids get excited upon grabbing!
14. Sour Patch Kids
A little sour never hurt anybody. Okay, well, maybe it hurt some of those kids from the Sour Patch commercials, but we’re going to pretend they don’t count. If you need a little sour before your sweetness, look no further than adding Sour Patch Kids to your candy bowl this year in hopes the neighborhood kids won’t take ’em all. We know damn well our tech editor Adrian Covert is planning on that, telling us “fruit snacks are great. Super sour things are great. Therefore, Sour Patch Kids are doubly great. End of story.”
15. Pop Rocks Candy
If you want a candy that old and young will both enjoy equally, Pop Rocks 100% fit the bill. Inside the pack, you’ll find 18 individually-wrapped 0.33-ounce packs of everyone’s favorite “popping” candy. Each assortment comes with nine memorable flavors to choose from, including tropical punch, watermelon, blue raspberry and cotton candy. Furthermore, these treats are gluten, peanut, fat and tree nut-free, making them a popular option for lots of dietary restrictions. Who knew such a retro pick would stand by our 2020 needs?
16. YumEarth Organic Lollipops Bin
Speaking of 2020 needs, this YumEarth Organic lollipop bin comes full of 125 candy treats which are great for health-conscious Halloween visitors. The lollipops are free from all kinds of allergens, including egg, peanuts, dairy and gluten. They’re organic, too, making them a top-notch option to hand out to little witches and werewolves alike. The pack includes a variety of delicious flavors, such as strawberry smash, wet-face watermelon and perfectly peach. The vegan-friendly treats are also free from artificial flavors and colors.
17. Swedish Fish Mini Soft & Chewy Candy
Do you know why Swedish Fish are “Swedish”? These chewy candies were developed by Swedish candy maker Malaco back in the 1950s for the US market. They were made into the shape of a fish because the Swedish fishing industry was huge at the time. And, as we now know, the candies were a huge success, entrenching themselves in the culture of those decades and in the throwback culture of today. Try putting some of these Swedish Fish Mini Soft & Chewy Candy into your candy bowl this Halloween to give it a more European feel.
18. Brach’s Mini Candy Canes Tub
Christmas has come early! Bring a bit of joy to the spooky holiday this year and give our candy canes this Halloween. Better yet, dress the family appropriately when handing candy out, too. You can go as Mr. Claus himself, the wife can be Mrs. Claus, the kids can be elves and the dogs can be reindeer. People might think you’ve got the wrong holiday, but it will be a totally memorable way to get some laughs.
19. Kids Favorite Candy: Crunch Chocolate Bars, Butterfinger, Gobstoppers and Nerds
If you know you’re going to have a busy night with a nearly endless line of trick or treaters, you’re going to need plenty of delicious treats to last you through the evening. This Kids Favorite Candy bag contains 2lbs of candy, including Nestle Crunch bars, Nerds, Butterfingers and Gobstoppers. Each treat is individually-wrapped and snack-sized, making them ideal for giving out to kids and adults alike, with one being our tech editor Adrian Covert, who dishes, “I’ve been allergic to peanuts since I was in high school, but I still love Butterfingers since Bart Simpson radicalized me as an impressionable youth with his rhapsodic shilling for the “crispity, crunchity, peanut buttery” qualities of this candy bar.”
20. Pixy Stix Candy Filled Fun Straws
There’s something magical about eating flavored sugar from a tube. The way you have to tilt it just right to avoid getting a block on the end. The way you can put a whole pile of the candy on your tongue and swish it around your mouth. As a kid, there’s really no better way to enjoy a straight shot of sugar. That’s why Pixy Stix are some of the most popular “dime store” candies still available. This box contains 85 fun straws in four wild flavors for you to give away to the best-costumed kids this Halloween.
21. Charleston Chew Bar Pack
While young trick or treaters may simply enjoy the Chewy, vanilla-flavored nougat wrapped in a rich, chocolaty coating, older visitors are sure to enjoy the blast-from-the-past that is a Charleston Chew Bar. This Charleston Chew Bar Pack includes 120 individually-wrapped bars, which can be given out on October 31st, snacked on throughout the night or kept as treats for your kids. You can also freeze the bars for a different yet equally delicious way to eat them.
22. Tony’s Chocolonely Halloween Milk Chocolate Bag
Delicious chocolate candies are sure to go down well with all of your trick or treating visitors on October 31st. The bite-sized treats inside this Tony’s Chocolonely Halloween Milk Chocolate Bag are made in Belgium and come in ready-to-go individual wrappers. The fair-trade chocolate is also available in three different flavors, milk, dark and caramel sea salt, meaning there’s an option to please every chocolate palate. Furthermore, these chocolate candies come in a handy dispensing box for easy distribution.
23. Airheads Candy Halloween Bulk Box
Containing approximately 1,000 pieces, the Airheads Candy Halloween Bulk Box is a great choice for busy households on Halloween night. Sweet or sour flavors in the box include blue raspberry, watermelon, cherry and more. Each candy is also individually-wrapped, free from the “Big 8” allergens and the ideal size for snacking and sharing. In addition, if you have any candies left over from the night, these Airheads make a great sugary treat at the office or in lunch boxes.
24. Hershey Kisses
Give out some Kisses this Halloween! No, not those kinds of kisses, you weirdo. We’re talking about Hershey Kisses. These sweet treats are a classic Christmas staple making their way into Halloween bowls everywhere because of how easy they are to give out. Place a handful or two right into kids’ bags and they’ll be sure to have a smile on their face.
25. Nabisco Sweet Treats Cookie Variety Pack
If your ideal Halloween treat is something more like a cookie than a candy, you’re weird, but it’s fine. We won’t judge you yet. Take on your sweet tooth with this 30-piece pack is made up of three different cookie types: Oreo Original, Oreo Golden and Chips Ahoy!, in equal measure. Each individually wrapped pack contains two full-size, kosher cookies making them a snack to keep around the home as well as a top Halloween handout. These versatile packs are easily stored and can be used for pack lunches, picnics or a quick and easy treat at home.