I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. The world continues to be crazy but at least Halloween is coming up and we can just spend time thinking about spooky stuff like ghosts and monsters instead of scary stuff like global pandemics or political turmoil. And we’re just going to move right along from all of that and talk about something fun like Halloween candy! But first, let’s quickly talk about the stuff I’ve published this past week. Last Sunday, I published a Weekly Blog about Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. To get me in the Halloween mood I decided to read the classic gothic novel, “Frankenstein.” You can read all about my experience reading it and my super unique thematic analysis of the novel, but the quick and short version is that I really enjoyed it and it makes a lot of sense that Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s monster remain relevant in today’s pop culture. The novel is great and I love the themes of overzealous science, nature vs nurture, good vs evil, and nature. Then on Wednesday, I published a collection of Six Word Memoirs. I’m a big fan of Six Word Memoirs and the format, but I try to spread them out so I don’t overuse the format. These are kind of Autumn and Halloween themed so enjoy that quick read. Finally, on Friday, I published a Writing Prompt Piece titled “Teenager From Hell” about a Catholic Priest who forces a demon from a girl’s body through performing an exorcism. However the fight isn’t over for when he comes home he finds his teenage daughter, the demon, waiting for him. Sometimes you just have to be a Father in the church and a Father to your daughter which is actually a demon. Fatherhood is tough, man. I mean, I would know. I’m a single dude without children so… Anyway check out that Writing Prompt Piece or anything else I published if you haven’t already.
Now this is probably going to be a quicker Weekly Blog. My original plan was to make this a double feature of sorts with last week’s Weekly Blog. I read Frankenstein last week and then this week I was going to read Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” But I never really got around to starting it and then it was suddenly Saturday and I hadn’t even gotten through page one. And then I thought I might just skip this week, but I hate doing that and I wanted to write something and I don’t want to let anyone down and life is not that great and the world is on fire and… And I’m just going to talk about some of my favorite Halloween Candy. That’s fun, right? We can all just think about candy for awhile and not focus on any bad stuff.
Anyway, as you probably know if you have been reading my stuff awhile, I am a big fan of Candy Corn. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s my favorite Halloween candy, but you can only get it around this time of year so it takes a favorite place in my heart. I know that Candy Corn is something that people either love or hate so I decided to search for what is considered the best Halloween Candy. Skimming through a few different lists it seems that candy bars are quite high up on the list. Specifically Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Twix Bars, Milky Ways, and Snickers are all ranked highly. I’m not a huge fan of Snickers but I am a huge fan of the others. Reese’s Cups are always great and I love snacking on the pumpkin shaped ones as well. You can’t beat the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Also highly ranked were Sour Patch Kids and other sour candy. I enjoy Sour Patch Kids and similar candies but I personally rank chocolate bars higher on my list.
Even though the candy I just listed is really good, I have a small problem with them. They aren’t really that special. Like I definitely love Twix and Reese’s at Halloween but I can also enjoy them at any other time. At least Candy Corn is like made for Halloween. It’s special. But there is another candy that finds a place in my heart which I feel like some people forget about and it relates to this time of year: Caramel Apple Pops. Now I know for many people out there, me saying this has brought back very specific memories, but if you don’t know the people behind Tootsie Rolls (also pretty good candy) make these delicious Caramel Apple Suckers and they are so good. You can technically get them at any time but to me, the imagery of a Caramel Apple make me think of two things: 1) County Fairs in the Summer and 2) Fall Festivals. These suckers are made for the fall and I think they are a very underrated Halloween candy. I’m not a huge fan of actual caramel apples because they are very messy and just a lot to deal with, but these caramel apple suckers take all of that and condense it into a smaller, enjoyable package. If you have a chance to get some before Halloween, I highly recommend you do so.
Now I want to quickly run through some Halloween candy I love and some that I hate. First let’s start with love. Fruity candy like Starbursts or Sweedish Fish. Big fan. Pink and Red Starbursts are the best with orange being good. Yellow I try to trade away or eat as a last resort. M&M’s. Another great, chocolate candy I can get any time of the year but I definitely won’t pass on M&M’s; especially if they are Peanut M&M’s. Twizzlers. I don’t like black licorice but love Twizzlers. Now Halloween candy I don’t like. Any candy bars like Heath, Pay Day, 100 Grand, Almond Joy, and Mounds. These are candies I consider Mom and Dad candy. Candy I’d always try to trade away for basically anything else. One, I don’t like coconut so Almond Joys and Mounds are just bad excuses for candy bars and wastes good chocolate. The others are ones I might reconsider now I’m no longer a little kid, but they just seem like candy that only parents eat. Or candy I’d give to my parents but would just sit in our candy bowl for months until finally getting thrown away around Easter. I’m sorry if those are your favorite candy bars and I offended you, but just know if we went Trick-or-Treating together, I’d totally trade them all to you for something better like your candy corn!
Thank you so much for reading through that Weekly Blog. Hopefully you enjoyed my brief discussion of some of my favorite and least favorite Halloween candy. Feel free to Like it if you enjoyed the Weekly Blog. You can also leave a comment down below telling me why I’m wrong or right with my picks for favorite Halloween candy. Or maybe you are one of those people who give away healthy snacks at Halloween. If you are, you can also comment down below. I might judge you harshly but I promise I won’t egg your house or TP your trees. If you really enjoyed this Weekly Blog, I highly recommend checking out the other stuff on my website. I’ve published over 500 different published pieces ranging from Weekly Blogs, Poetry, Writing Prompt Pieces, and Pokemon Fanficiton. There should be a little bit of something for everyone. Lastly, feel free to Follow me here on WordPress if you want to read more of my stuff. I’m slowly building a creative and positive space on the internet and I’d love if it you were a part of it.
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