Born on this day!! Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 92. Actor Felicia Farr (“The Player,” “Kotch”) is 89. Author Roy Blount Jr. is 80. Author Anne Rice is 80. Actor Lori Saunders (“Petticoat Junction”) is 80. Actor Clifton Davis (“Madam Secretary,” “Amen”) is 76. Actor Susan Sarandon is 75. Actor Armand Assante is 72. Actor Alan Rosenberg (“Cybill,” ″L.A. Law”) is 71. Actor Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” ″Water for Elephants”) is 65. Actor Bill Fagerbakke (“Coach,” ″Spongebob Squarepants”) is 64. Actor Kyra Schon (“Night of the Living Dead”) is 64. Rap producer Russell Simmons is 64. Actor Wendy Makkena (“Sister Act” films) is 63. Keyboardist Chris Lowe of The Pet Shop Boys is 62. Keyboardist Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard of Sawyer Brown is 61. Actor David W. Harper (“The Waltons”) is 60. Singer Jon Secada is 60. Media personality John Melendez (AKA “Stuttering John”) is 56. Actor Jerry Minor (“Dr. Ken,” ″Community”) is 54. Actor Liev Schreiber (“The Manchurian Candidate,” ″Scream 2″) is 54. Actor Abraham Benrubi (“Men in Trees,” ″ER”) is 52. Country singer-guitarist Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony) is 51. Singer-guitarist M. Ward of She And Him is 48. Actor Alicia Silverstone is 45. Keyboardist Robbie Bennett of The War on Drugs is 43. Actor Dana Davis (“Franklin and Bash,” “10 Things I Hate About You”) is 43. Actor Phillip Glasser (“Hang Time”) is 43. Singer-guitarist Marc Roberge of O.A.R. is 43. Actor Rachel Leigh Cook (“Josie and the Pussycats,” ″She’s All That”) is 42. Singer Jessica Benson of 3LW is 34. Actor Melissa Benoist (“Supergirl,” ″Glee”) is 33. Actor Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) is 32. Singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock of Little Mix is 30.
THIS DAY IN GENIUS HISTORY
1887 – The International Herald Tribune was published for the first time.
1895 – The first U.S. Open Golf tournament was held in Newport, Rhode Island.
1957 – The Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into orbit around the earth, ushering in the Space Age and Space Race.
1965 – Pope Paul VI made the first visit to the Western Hemisphere by a reigning pope. He came to New York to address the UN General Assembly.
1970 – Rock singer Janis Joplin was found dead of a drug overdose at age 27.
1990 – The German parliament met for the first time since the reunification of Germany.
2001 – Authorities confirmed a tabloid editor in Florida had contracted anthrax. He died the next day.
2002 – John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban,” received a 20-year sentence.
Today Is: Blessing of The Animals Day, Blue Shirt Day/World Day of Bullying Prevention, Child Health Day, Dick Tracy Day, Improve Your Office Day, International Ship in A Bottle Day, Kanelbullens Dag (Cinnamon Roll Day), National Consignment Day, National Taco Day, Supreme Court Opening Day, Ten-Four Day, Vodka Day, World Child Development Day, World Child Health Day, World Animal Day, World Day of Architecture, World Day of Bullying Prevention, World Habitat Day
TODAY ON TV!
Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)
CBS – 8:00 – The Neighborhood / 8:30 – Bob Hearts Abishola / 9:00 – NCIS / 10:00 – NCIS Hawaii
NBC – 8:00 – The Voice / 10:00 – Ordinary Joe
ABC – 8:00 – Dancing With The Stars / 10:00 – The Good Doctor
FOX – 8:00 – 911 / 9:00 – The Big Leap
CW – 8:00 – Roswell New Mexico / 9:00 – Penn and Teller Fool Us
TV Talk Shows
Jimmy Kimmel: John Stamos, Russell Westbrook, Alice Merton
Jimmy Fallon: Seth Meyers, Cobie Smulders, Farruko
Stephen Colbert: Julianna Margulies, Toby Keith
Seth Meyers: David Chase, Barrett Martin
James Corden: Jamie Lee Curtis, Ludacris, Lord Huron
Daily Show: Richard Antoine White
Watch What Happens Live: Kate Chastain, Lloyd Spencer
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Rami Malek, Monica Mangin, Andy Grammer, guest host Mark Consuelos
The Real: Chlöe Bailey
Drew Barrymore: Bobby Flay, the Old Gays
WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!
QUESTION: Was it an “assault with a deadly grit???” a FLORIDA WOMAN is arrested for hitting her man in the head with a pan full of HOT GRITS!!!!! (His fault, of course!)
QUESTION: WHAT was that the crowd was chanting at Talladega? The NBC reporter heard, “Let’s go, Brandon!!!” But.. we thought it was something else!!! YOU decide!!!!!!
QUESTION: Was Brian “Dirty” Laundrie just spotted on the APPALACHIAN TRAIL?? This 53-year-old engineer says he talked to him, and he was “dazed and lost!!”
QUESTION: Did you enjoy the “Blurred Lines” video? Not as much as ROBIN THICKE did!! Emily Ratajkowski says he was GRABBING HER BOOBS the whole time!!!
QUESTION: How did Britney Spears celebrate being FREE from her conservatorship??? Why, she POSTED NAKED PICTURES of herself!! (and no… she’s NOT CRAZY!!!!!!)
Queen Elizabeth is providing financial support to son Prince Andrew behind the scenes in his legal fight against sexual abuse allegations. He acknowledged through his lawyer that he has been served with a lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre, an American woman who claims he sexually assaulted her. The acknowledgment was confirmed in a joint agreement signed by a lawyer for the British prince. It was approved by a Manhattan federal judge and entered into the public court record on Tuesday. News that the Queen has allegedly agreed to help pay the fees to fight this in court comes days after Andrew reportedly beefed up his legal team by adding attorney Melissa Lerner to the case alongside his lead counsel Andrew Brettler, according to the U.K.’s The Telegraph. The outlet reports that Andrew is believed to be charged $2,000 per hour for legal services conducted by Lavely & Singer, the Los Angeles-based law firm representing him. Queen Elizabeth allegedly agreed to pay her son’s legal fees back in 2020, shortly after the duke’s disastrous BBC “Newsnight” interview. The interview was widely panned by critics who said Andrew seemed insensitive to Epstein’s victims. Afterward, the prince stepped back from royal duties and has attempted to keep a low profile. The Telegraph reports that Her Majesty is using funds from her private Duchy of Lancaster estate.
*********This is NOT a criminal case… it’s a civil lawsuit, which means he won’t be going to jail, no matter how it turns out.
*******However, the “Prince of Rape” doesn’t sound very good!!
*****According to “The Crown,” he’s her favorite child!! (true) Sounds like she spoiled him!!
***He broke the first rule of the Royal Family: never get caught!!
David Lee Roth has announced his retirement. He confirmed the news in a phone call with the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently. “I am throwing in the shoes. I’m retiring,” he said. ” This is the first, and only, official announcement.” He told the outlet that since they’ve “got the news,” they can “share it with the world.” Roth plans to finish by playing a series of shows at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas late this year and early next. The shows will take place on Dec. 31, 2021, and Jan. 1, 5, 7 and 8. Roth, known for his high-energy and even kooky on-stage presence, added: “I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows.” Tickets for the final show are on sale now.
*****Is he going on a “farewell tour” for the next 15 years, like Elton John???
********Here’s the next announcement: “The response to my last give shows has been so overwhelming, we’re forced to schedule another 50 shows!!!!”
*******If he collapses in the middle of a show, Sammy Hagar will jump up and replace him!!
Kelly Clarkson’s estranged husband, Brandon Blackstock, has to hand over the keys to their Montana ranch. A judge declared that the property belongs to Clarkson, despite the fact he has been living there since they split in June 2020. Blackstock originally requested that the ranch was “marital property” and should be shared equally between the two, but the judge disagreed since it was Clarkson who paid for the $10.4 million property. “The Court further finds that the Montana Ranch and the other two Montana properties are not titled in both of the Parties’ names either as joint tenants with right of survivorship or as tenants by the entireties, as required under the PMA to create marital property,” the decision reads in documents obtained by E! News. “The Court therefore rejects Respondent’s position that the Montana Ranch and other Montana properties are marital property owned 50/50 by the Parties.” Clarkson previously requested to sell the Montana ranch citing it as a “financial burden” due to the $81,000 a month it costs to maintain. A judge denied the request and instead ordered Blackstock to start paying the monthly fees in April 2021 since he was the only one using the property. Don’t forget that the music manager receives $200,000 a month from Clarkson in spousal and child support, which a judge ordered in July.
*******Wow!!! Can WE be Kelly’s next husband?? Sounds like a sweet deal!!
Nick Cannon could potentially take over Wendy Williams’ timeslots if Williams does not return to her talk show, according to sources. “The executives have been talking,” said a source. “They are keeping a close eye on [Williams’] recovery and hoping for the best. But they have pushed back [her] show premiere several times so they are already thinking of a backup plan,” a source close to the show says. The source added that: “It would not be a far stretch for Nick to take her time slot… Debmar-Mercury [which produces both shows] is really pushing to make Nick Cannon’s show a huge success. He already has a major platform, and a huge fanbase, so it is an easy win. So, if Wendy’s show ends up being a no-go, their backup plan is already set.” Williams’ Season 13 premiere has just been moved once again to Oct. 18 due to her health. The show was previously set to premiere Oct. 4, after an original date of Sept. 20. Other TV sources point out that simply plugging Cannon’s show into Williams’ timeslot could be complex. Both shows are syndicated — meaning individual station groups would have to make the decision to replace Williams’ show with Cannon’s. Said a source, “It’s likely they would make a deal, but it’s a station to station decision.”
******Is he crazy enough to replace Wendy?? Oh, yes….
*******But… can he burp and fart at the same time???
Britney Spears won’t be returning to the stage once her conservatorship is done with, according to TMZ. Performing just isn’t a priority for her, and unfortunately for fans there’s reportedly a slim chance she’ll be doing it again soon. The report falls in line with Spears’ manager, Larry Rudolph, resigning from her team in July and citing her desire to “officially retire.” “It has been over 2½ years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus,” Rudolph, who worked with Spears for 25 years, said at the time. Plus, Britney told the court in June that she felt “enslaved” by her father, Jamie Spears, throughout her conservatorship while performing endlessly for years. “In California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking, making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away: credit card, phone, passport,” she told the court over the phone. If Spears ever does decide to return to the stage, it won’t be under her father’s thumb thanks to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny. On Sept. 29 the judge removed Jamie from his daughter’s conservatorship after 13 years — calling his control over Britney’s life “toxic.”
********Britney’s almost 40!! So… if she wants to do the “sexy” show, she’d better get out there now!!
******How old is she??? Most of her original snakes have died!!
******We just hope SOMEONE is looking after her… because we’ve got a bad feeling about this!!
Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
**Please Credit Publication!
Chin Up! Tyra Shaves Matt-(National Enquirer)
“Dancing With the Stars” host Tyra Banks ordered contestant Matt James to shave off his beard! “Tyra wanted the Matt who’s competing on ‘Dancing’ to look like the same Matt who was on ‘The Bachelor,’” spilled an insider. “People don’t like their favorite stars to change. If Matt had a beard on ‘Bachelor,’ he would have had one on ‘Dancing.’ That’s how detail-focused Tyra is.”
Secret That Got Meloni the Part-(Globe)
“Law & Order: Organized Crime” star Christopher Meloni, 60, spills this amazing career-boosting blast from the past: During his screen test opposite screen queen Julia Roberts for her 1999 rom-com hit “Runaway Bride,” the A-list actress gushed, “Aren’t you the cutest thing ever?”-right in front of late director Garry Marshall. The flattering remark sealed the career-defining deal, insists the actor, guaranteeing him the hilariously iconic role as Julia’s fiancé, high school football coach Bob Kelly! Gotta love that “Pretty Woman!”
Loose Talk-(Us Weekly)
“I was raised by my grandma, who is basically just a parent who spoils you. She didn’t put limits on me….especially in terms of how far I could take my dirty jokes.”-On how her childhood shaped her comedy, Awkwafina.
“When I moved to L.A., all I wanted to do was be successful enough to be on the side of some bus in a big ensemble sow like Grey’s Anatomy. Those parts were hard to come by!”-On his slow rise to the top, Leslie Odom Jr.
“I have great friends who tease me mercilessly if I even hint at being overworked or stressed. They’re like, ‘Oh yea, honey, it’s so sad you have to get on a plane and do [movies].’ They’re right. I’m very lucky.”-on staying grounded, Anya Taylor-Joy.
Harry & Meghan: Love NY!-(Star)
Making their first U.S. public appearance outside of California, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex pay their respects. While the couple kept their visit low-key, onlookers couldn’t help noting the presence of royalty. “Well look who I just ran into on the way to work,” one Twitter user posted alongside a photo of a smiling and waving Meghan, 40, holding her 37-year-old husband’s hand. Mayor do Blasio was more formal. “The tragedy of September 11 touched the entire world, and it’s still felt today,” he posted after the meeting. “We’re honored to join Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Camila Whips Leo Into Shape-(Life & Style)
You sweat, I sweat! Leonardo DiCaprio’s model girlfriend Camila Morrone put him on a strict diet and fitness regime after he started packing on the pounds this summer, shares a source. “Leo’s boxing four time a week, lifting weights daily and attending private Pilates Reformer classes with Camila when he can,” says the source. “She also persuaded him to cut out carbs after 2 p.m. and avoid booze during the week, and she’s put him onto intermittent fasting.” While Camila, 24, had to “practically drag” Leo, 46, to the gym at first, snickers the source, now that he’s begun to see results, “he’s feeling good and looking great.”
Lena Dunham & Luis Feber: Married-(People)
On Sept. 26, a source confirmed that the Girls creator and the British Peruvian musician, both 35, wed over the weekend. The actress confirmed their relationship in April, when she called him “the greatest person I’ve ever met.”
Winner of the Week-(In Touch)
The singer celebrates as her 2020 album, Smile, reaches 1 billion streams on Spotify.
Alligator Steals Little Boy’s Fish
A Florida 7-year-old who hooked a bass while fishing with his dad ended up losing his catch — and his pole — when an alligator darted out of the water and grabbed the fish. Sean McMahon posted a video to Facebook showing what happened when he and his son, Dawson, were fishing behind their Palm Coast home. The video shows McMahon encouraging his son as he battles with a large bass on the end of his line. “He’s a fighter,” Dawson says in the footage. The boy finally manages to drag the fish onto land, but an alligator suddenly darts out of the water and grabs the fish in its jaws. Dawson drops his pole and flees from the gator, which swims back out into the water — taking the fish and pole with it. See the video HERE.
*******Sorry… tell us again why we’re preserving the gators???
******This kid learned a lesson… whenever you think you’ve got something, someone will pop out of nowhere to take it away!!!
*******He’s lucky… because the alligator obviously had his eye on HIM!!!
Couple Gets Married On The Canadian Border
A New York couple whose wedding plans were interrupted by border closings from the COVID-19 pandemic held a ceremony at the U.S.-Canada border so the bride’s parents and grandmother could attend. Karen Mahoney and Brian Ray, ski instructors who live in Cadyville, N.Y., said they were hoping the Canadian border would reopen in time for their wedding when they planned it for September, but they had to come up with a new plan when the date approached and crossings remained banned. Mahoney, who met Ray 35 years ago when he taught her how to ski, said it was important to her that her parents and 96-year-old grandmother, who live in Quebec, attend her wedding. The couple said the rules for the ceremony included each attendee staying on their own side of the border and no objects being passed across the line. Mahoney said her grandmother was overjoyed to be able to attend. The couple held their originally planned ceremony the next day in New York with the rest of their guests. See the video HERE.
*********This was also convenient in case the bride wanted to make a last-minute getaway!!
TOPIC: Did you get married in a weird place???
Winnie The Pooh Bridge Up For Auction
The iconic bridge that became famous as “Poohsticks Bridge” thanks to A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh books is now being auctioned off to find it a new home. Summers Place Auctions said the bridge, originally known as Posingford Bridge when it was built in Suffolk’s Ashdown Forest in 1907, became an iconic setting when Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh used it to invent the game “Poohsticks” in Milne’s 1928 book The House at Pooh Corner. Christopher Robin Milne had the bridge officially renamed Poohsticks Bridge in 1979. The bridge became a popular tourist destination and was removed in 1999 to make way for a sturdier recreation funded in part by Disney. Bidding on the bridge opens Oct. 6, and the auction house said it is expected to sell for up to $81,300.
*********We thought “poohsticks” were what you used to test for colon cancer!!
********This isn’t the first bridge to be relocated!! The original London Bridge is in Lake Havasu, Arizona!! (true)
Hamster Does Crypto-Trading
There is a hamster who has been trading cryptocurrencies since June, and recently was doing better than Warren Buffett and the S&P 500. Mr. Goxx is a hamster who works out of what is possibly the most high-tech hamster cage in existence. It’s designed so that when Mr. Goxx runs on the hamster wheel, he can select among dozens of cryptocurrencies. Then, deciding between two tunnels, he chooses whether to buy or sell. According to the Twitch account for the hamster, his decision is sent over to a real trading platform — and yes, real money is involved. His portfolio is up nearly 20% since he started trading in June, according to his Twitter account. And as of Sept. 12, Mr. Goxx was performing better than Bitcoin, the Nasdaq 100, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the S&P 500.
*********How smart does an investor need to be?? Now you know!!
*****And just like investors, hamsters eat their own young!!
TOPIC: Is anyone into cryptocurrencies?? And how are you doing??
STUFF THAT’S COOL AND VIRAL
VIDEO: SNL PAYS TRIBUTE TO NORM MCDONALD.
VIDEO: GOOSE RECOGNIZES HUMAN FRIEND.
A LIST FOR MONDAY
The 10 Worst Halloween Candies
The Candy Store
- Black Licorice – no movement, #10 last year
Here we’re talking black licorice, and this does not include Twizzlers, and if you read the outside lists we included in our evaluation, you’ll see they also allude to, if not outright say, black licorice. So it’s maybe more understandable that way. Twizzlers are mostly fruity flavored, chewy sugar candies. Traditional black licorice has a savory side that perhaps isn’t associated with the sugar highs of Halloween.
- Good & Plenty – No movement, #9 last year too
Since Good & Plenty are pretty much licorice, it follows that they would come right after Licorice on the list. I never minded getting a box here and a box there on a Halloween excursion. But they were never my favorites — which meant I ate them first, to get them out of the way. Which is kid logic for ya. Never throw away candy.
- Tootsie Rolls – Down one spot from #7 last year
Your kids will get a lot of these. They’re the easy way out for people who don’t want to spend much money handing out candy to kids. You can throw a handful into each kid’s bag and it won’t set you back much. But apparently kids tend not to like them very much for Halloween. Note that this is a combination of regular Tootsie Rolls and flavored Tootsie Rolls, which may be more or less appealing(?). We combined a few items on the lists to make it cleaner.
- Mary Janes – Up one spot from #8 last year
Mary Janes are no longer limbo following the shuttering of NECCO a few years back. They’re back on online shelves in a slightly different shaped piece of candy than before. They are great sellers and have a huge following, but I guess not with the Halloween crowd. Perhaps expectations for the spookiest night of the year are different than the space Mary Janes occupy in our minds. Halloween candy may be less about nostalgia and more about maximizing pleasure receptors in the brain… I am not a doctor.
- Wax Coke Bottles – Down 2 spots from #4 last year
Wax coke bottles are holding down that number 6 spot. The novelty factor of these is great. The first time you get one. When you’re five years old. Then the realization sets in: you’re biting through wax to get not even a mouthful of sugar water. By age eight you toss them in the trash without even bothering.
- Necco Wafers – Up one spot from #6 last year
They were off the market for a while, but are back now. You may recall the Great Necco Wafer Panic of 2018. It’s weird, because clearly some people absolutely love Necco Wafers. But these took the top spot on one list, and I’m personally surprised they weren’t on every list. When I started this project, I was sure that they’d be the hands down worst candy. But then again, since they’ve had a few rough years, maybe people aren’t as likely to kick a candy when it’s down. Complaints about these are that they’re dry and chalky.
- Smarties – Up one spots from #5 last year
Another one accused of being dry and chalky. Your kids will get plenty of these on Halloween. It’s inevitable. At first they’re not so bad. But the human tongue can take only so many vaguely sweet, chalky hard candy.
- Peanut Butter Kisses – Up one spot from #3 last year.
Falling to #3 this year from the #2 spot last year, these are the generic-looking candies with a plain orange or black wrapper. If you’ve never actually opened the wrapper to try them (understandably), they’re peanut butter flavored chewy candies. Despite the name, they are neither Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups nor Hershey’s Kisses -level Halloween candy. I’ve seen them referred to as Mary Janes, which makes enough sense. You know these because Necco made a Mary Janes version of these for a while. Which explains a lot. My advice is to leave them in that wrapper and move onto the next candy.
- Circus Peanuts – Up one spot from #3 last year.
Personally, I’m shocked that these aren’t #1. They were the #1 worst Halloween candy 3 years ago and fell back, but seriously, why? People, there is no way to describe the vileness that is Circus Peanuts. How could there possibly be a worse Halloween Candy?
I have to believe that they weren’t rated as the #1 worst on everyone’s list because they blocked these inedible monstrosities from their memories. Or maybe they haven’t gotten them for Halloween because everyone knows not to give them out. Thus they are not “Halloween candies” in their minds. That must be it. Still at #2 though.
- Candy Corn, Strong Repeat Winner (Loser?) Now
Candy corn slid up into the #1 spot 2 years ago when it knocked circus peanuts off the throne. Which is really saying something. Man. Hang in there, candy corn. Lot of haters out there.
I was actually shocked, I love the stuff. Look, if you don’t like candy corn, you can just give it to me. Yes, it’s pretty much just sugar. Isn’t that the point? Candy corn is nothing special. There are absolutely better candies out there. But if you can’t enjoy stuffing handfuls of candy corn into your pie hole, well, I don’t even know what to tell you. But clearly, I’m in the minority.
The 10 Best Halloween Candies
Now we get to the fun part. You can probably guess most of the candies on this list. They’re popular for a reason. But in case you wanted to know how your tastes stack up, here is the weighted list of the best Halloween candies of all time.
- Nerds – Down 1 spots from #9 last year.
I was kinda surprised to see this on the list. The Nerds boxes you get on Halloween are typically tiny. As with Skittles, they’re pointless unless you down the whole thing in one mouthful. But maybe there’s something to that. I also recognize that the sound they make when you shake the box can be made into a musical experience. So they’re got that going for them as well.
- Butterfinger – Down one spot from #8 last year.
The classic Butterfinger appeared on a number of lists, usually in the second half of the top 10. We’re not going to argue. It’s a personal favorite of mine, but it’s easy to see why it would turn off some candy fans. I definitely think a full-size bar of it is just too much. But the bite size version is pretty much on point. Butterfinger gets mega points on crunch, and I lika da cronch. You’re not going to complain when one gets dropped in your bag, are you?
- Hershey Bar – Up 2 spots from #10 last year
We’re again combining candies here, because there just isn’t that much difference between the original Hershey Bar and the Cookies ‘n’ Cream version. Or maybe there is for your palate. In any case, Hershey bars barely missed the worst list, yet got a few mentions on the best, including two mentions in the 24/7 Wall Street list. Which, since it was based on sales, is pretty good reason to include Hershey Bar on the best list, in our eyes.
- Twix – Down 1 spots from #6 last year
If I’m getting a full-sized candy bar on Halloween, make it a Twix, please. There’s just something about them that makes them irresistible, and they’re not so overpowering that a whole bar is too much. On Halloween you can count on three versions: the aforementioned full-sized version, the one-stick half-sized version, and the fun sized version. We hope you and your kids don’t get the fun-sized version, given the alternatives.
- Kit Kat – Up 1 spots from #7 last year
On the surface the Kit Kat is pretty plain. It’s just chocolate and wafer. Yet it works so so well. And it works very well on Halloween, since with the fun size you’re getting essentially half of a full-sized bar. That’s way more than you can say for most of the fun sized versions of our other favorite Halloween candies.
- Sour Patch Kids – No movement, #5 last year also
Sour Patch is finally getting the recognition it deserves. A Top 5 ranking seems appropriate. But after high marks on both the BuzzFeed and Business Insider lists, Sour Patch Kids made zero additional appearances on the other lists we looked at. It’s probably because they’re not traditional candies, even though they’ve been around a while.
- Snickers – Down one spot from #3 last year.
There is no surprise here. I always preferred Milky Way, but as a lover of da cronch I could see how people prefer more crunchiness in a candy bar. That salty crunch does up the satisfaction level. Again, it would be so easy for people to go out of their ways and get full-sized versions. They’re not that big. But the fun-sized version is a pretty good bite and hits the spot.
- Skittles – Up 1 spots, from #4 last year
If you’re not eating the entire fun size bag in one mouthful, you’re doing it wrong. None of us here ever minded getting Skittles in our Halloween bags. It’s tasty enough, that rainbow. But they’re nothing special, in my opinion and if you eat too many your mouth starts to feel all lumpy. Still, Skittles is having a moment and surging way up from #9 two years ago.
- M&Ms – No movement, #5 last year
An old classic that never gets old, M&Ms remain in the #2 spot this year. Will they ever be able to de-throne the #1 Halloween candy? That would be a tall order, but if anyone can do it, M&M’s seem like a strong contender.
One list had pretzel M&Ms, which is oddly specific. They weren’t around when I trick-or-treated (it was plain and peanut back then), so I don’t even know that people hand out the fun sized bags of them. In any case, M&Ms are great. You know our opinions about them. Easy choice that kids will love.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – Still #1 (Always will be?)
This is the perennial blowout of the century. Of the seven lists we ranked, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups ranked #1 on six of them, and ranked #3 on the other. And that list had six candies that didn’t appear on any of the other six lists, so yeah, this was just a candy massacre. Do we have to extol the virtues of the Peanut Butter Cup? My siblings and I used to separate them out and hide them, lest they get stolen. Many a tear was shed when someone picked a poor hiding spot. Long live Reese’s Cups.
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