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The Best Halloween Candy You’re Not Handing Out (Yet)

When it comes to Halloween candy, we rely on our faves like Snickers and Reese's. But some of the best Halloween treats aren't the classics—yet, anyway. Find out the surprising snacks you should grab this year.

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Kit Kat Halloween Pumpkin Pie Candyvia target.com

Kit Kat Pumpkin Pie Miniatures

This year Kit Kat released a brand new flavor: pumpkin pie. We are here for it! Share this new candy with trick-or-treaters. They’ll be happy to have a just-released snack in their tote bags.

And if you love pumpkin pie, try these homemade pumpkin spice treats.

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Sour Patch Zombie Kids

Classic Sour Patch Kids aren’t going to cut it on Halloween when all the monsters are creeping about. Instead, opt for spooky Zombie Kids. The sour-sweet combo is there, but just made creepy in ghoulish colors.

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Haribo Halloween Trick or Treat Mixvia target.com

Haribo Trick or Treat Mix

Get a mix of classic Harbio shapes and spooky Halloween gummies, like snakes and mummies. Kids love gummy candy, so this is a bag you’ll want to grab.

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Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Bats Halloween Snack Sizevia target.com

Reese’s Peanut Butter Bats

We all know (and love) Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins, so this year why not switch up your treat game with a different shape: bats!

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CADBURY Chocolate Candy Screme Egg (Pack of 48)via amazon.com

Cadbury Screme Egg

Thought Cadbury was just a treat at Easter? Think again! These creme eggs taste just the same as the Easter variety except they’ve got a gooey green filling. That’s the sort of creepy, gross-out details little goblins love.

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Flipz Chocolate Covered Mini Pretzels Halloween 35ct Bagvia walmart.com

Flipz Minis Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Who doesn’t love a little bit of salt paired with sweet? These chocolate-covered pretzels are just the thing to satisfy everyone’s cravings this Halloween. Bonus: These pretzels are made in a facility that doesn’t deal with nuts, meaning they’re safe for kids with those allergies. If you’ve got allergy-free treats, be sure to put out a teal pumpkin—kids and parents will thank you.

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Halloween Mini Cheese Balls - 120 ct.via walmart.com

Utz Mini Cheeseballs

Not all of the best Halloween treats are chocolate. Some trick-or-treaters prefer salty snacks and if they’re cheesy—well, all the better. These mini packs of cheeseballs (one of our favorites at Taste of Home) are just the thing to break the pattern of sugary treats.

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Oreo Halloween Sandwich Cookiesvia target.com

Oreo Trick or Treat Packs

Got a cookie craving? Stock up on these individually wrapped Oreos for trick-or-treating (or just office snacking). And if you’re a real Oreo fanatic, try these recipes.

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dove chocolate pumpkins

Dove Pumpkins


The classic Dove squares have gotten a fall makeover. Your favorite flavors—dark chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel-filled chocolate—are all still there but wrapped up in pumpkin foil. These small candies are just the thing to fill out Halloween treat bags.

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Angie's Boomchickapop Sweet & Salty Kettle Popcorn - 12ozvia target.com

Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn

Salty and sweet is a ghoulishly good combination definitely worth handing out to the little ghosts and goblins that coming knocking at your door.

After you’ve gone through all this kettle corn, try these popcorn treats.

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SMASHMALLOW Halloween Fun Size Variety Packvia target.com

Smashmallow

How cute are these individual marshmallow snacks? They come with different flavors for different preferences! You can get them with Strawberries & Cream, Cinnamon Churro, Cookie Dough, Mint Chocolate Chip, and for a limited time, Pumpkin Pie!

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Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers Halloween Minisvia target.com

Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers

These gummy worms combine everything kids love about Halloween. They’re sour, they’re creepy and they’re gummy. That’s a win-win-win for little witches and wizards.

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Reese's Hershey's Cookies N Creme and York Peppermint Patties Halloween Spooky Shapes Snack Size Variety Bagvia target.com

Hershey’s Spooky Shapes

We know what you’re thinking: Hershey’s and Reese’s are typical Halloween treats. And you’d be right, except these treats have an extra Halloween spin outside of the fun packaging. Inside, all the classics—Hershey’s bars, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Cream, Reese’s and York Peppermint Patties—are given scary makeovers as ghosts, pumpkins and tombstones. We’ve never seen a tombstone-shaped chocolate bar before, but we’re sure all the kiddos will love them.

Make these spooky tombstone treats at home for your Halloween party.

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Betty Crocker Fruit Halloween Snacksvia target.com

Betty Crocker Fruit Halloween Snacks

You never want to be the house that hands out fruit on Halloween, but you might want to be the one that hands out fruit snacks. Kids of all ages—but especially the younger set—will love a few fruit snacks and fruit roll-ups in their baskets.

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Annie's Halloween Bunny Whole Grain Graham Snacks, Honey and Chocolatevia amazon.com

Annie’s Bunny Grahams

Got some especially tiny trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood? You might want to snag a box of these tot-friendly graham cracker snacks. In chocolate and honey flavors, they’re just right for the smallest scarecrows and scaredy cats.

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Pop Rocks Pumpkin Patch Candyworldmarket.com

Pumpkin Patch Orange Pop Rocks


There are some candies that are quintessentially kid, and Pop Rocks are chief among them. Treat kiddos to a special Halloween edition of the candy this year for trick-or-treating (and maybe buy a pack or two for yourself—just for fun).

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Pretzel Crisps Plain Pretzelsvia target.com

Gluten-Free Pretzel Crisps

If you know you’ve got some gluten-free ghouls coming to your door, set aside some packages of these gluten-free pretzels. Our editors love them!

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Quaker Halloween Chewy Chocolate Chip Mini'svia target.com

Quaker Chewy Minis

Looking for trick-or-treat snacks that can be repurposed as a lunchbox snack? Hand out some miniature granola bars. We love how they got a Halloween makeover with orange sprinkles!

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Caramel Apple Pops Halloween Bagvia target.com

Caramel Apple Pops

There’s something about these sticky-sweet suckers that kids just love. While the sweet-and-sour hard candy isn’t quite like a real apple, the caramel coating helps it come close. After you’ve handed all these out, try making real caramel apples at home.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.

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