10 Best Halloween Candy

Trick or Treating for Candy

When I think back to Halloween as a child my favorite part of Halloween was trick or treating. While it was fun to get dressed up in my¬†odin shirt and go to school, I couldn’t wait for the evening when it was time to go trick or treating for candy. We lived in a large development, so we never ran out of houses to go trick or treating for candy. Many times we would run from house to house so we could get more houses in.

As soon as my sister and I got home, we would empty out our bags on the floor, which most of the time ended up being a pillowcase, and we would divide our candy up into candy types and then count to see how much candy we had. Of course, it had to be a competition to see who got more. There were always the favorites I would hope to get, like Skittles and Snickers. Then there were those candies that I always hated, like those disgusting candies that are wrapped in black and orange paper. Inevitably there were always some kinds of candy I liked and my sister didn’t and vice versa, so we would ultimately ended up trading some candy in the end.

The list of Halloween candy I have compiled is in no particular order. The list not only includes some of my favorites, but also proven favorites based on Halloween candy sales statistics. Hopefully, there is something here that brings back memories of Halloween’s past for everyone.

Candy Corn

The first type of candy I think of when Halloween comes to mind is Candy Corn. Personally, they are not my favorite, but I think most people have a love/hate relationship with Candy Corn; either you love it or you hate it.

In any case, Candy Corn is the top selling candy each Halloween and has been around for over 100 years. It seems as though this favorite is here to stay.


Who doesn’t love a good chocolate candy bar? Snickers is a classic that never gets old. The fact that Snickers is the #2 best selling candy at Halloween is proof of its popularity.

Not only can you get the original classic Snickers, but Snickers is also available in almond and peanut butter flavors.


Skittles, which were first made commercially in 1974 by a British company, were first introduced in the United States in 1982, according to Wikipedia.

Skittles are a favorite with kids due to their bright “rainbow” of color, their bold fruity taste. and fun bite size. Some love to eat Skittles one at a time to taste their favorite flavor or others prefer to eat a whole mouthful at a time to create a mouthful of fruity flavor. This is the perfect candy for the trick or treater.


With over $1.2 billion spent on Halloween candy each year, it makes perfect sense that Reese’s is #3 on the best selling candy for Halloween. Reese’s are available in the classic rounds, in mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and also in fun and festive pumpkins.


The Starburst brand was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1959 as Opal Fruits. When Starburst was introduced in the United States it was introduced as Starburst. The four original flavors of Starburst were strawberry, lemon, orange, and lime. The lime flavor did not work so well and was later replaced by cherry.

Starburst like many other candies have introduced variations to the original such as Limited Edition Retro Fruits, Starbust Sour Chews, and Tropical Starburst. As with other candy variations and products, some have become a mainstay and some were just a failed test. In any case, Starburst make a great candy for trick or treaters of all ages.

Kit Kat

According to the Huffington Post, 90 million pounds are chocolate are sold in the week leading up to Halloween. With these statistics, it’s no wonder that Kit Kat is the #4 best selling candy for Halloween.

Of course you can buy the traditional Kit Kat with milk chocolate coating, or Kit Kat’s are also available in a festive orange colored white chocolate to celebrate Halloween.


Nerds were first introduced by Nestle under the Willy Wonka Candy Company Brand in 1983 and were named candy of the year in 1985. Nerds have evolved over the years with a variety of flavors and products.

Some of the Nerds products include Nerds Ropes, Nerds Gum Balls, and at one time there was even Nerds cereal. I actually used to eat this as a kid and loved it. Nerds continue to be a kids favorite and a great idea for Halloween.


M&M’s were introduced in the United States in 1941, and are currently sold in over a> M&M’s round out the top 5 of the best selling candies for Halloween.

Their fun bite size and different flavor options, including the classic milk chocolate, peanut, and peanut butter gives kids and adults alike the option to choose their favorite. We all know we have our favorite color M&M’s too, even though we know they all taste the same!

Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids were initially thought to be a fad for kids, but have become a popular candy in North America for kids and adults alike. Sour Patch kids feature a sour sugar coating with a gummy interior.

Sour Patch Kids are a great choice for your Halloween trick or treaters this year!


Twix was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1967 and in the United States in 1979. Twix like many of its other candy counterparts has evolved over the years from the original caramel and chocolate coated biscuit to spin-offs such as Twix PB. Cookies-n-Creme Twix, Chocolate Fudge Twix, and many others. Many have not withstood the test of time, but the original is still a mainstay and a Halloween favorite.