As Halloween marches toward us I can’t help thinking of all the delicious candy my kids are going to collect in their trick-or-treat bags.

Some of my favorites include Snickers, Twix, Reese’s Pieces, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. (I have a weakness for chocolate mixed with caramel or peanut butter. Don’t use my weakness against me. Or do!)

I don’t like sharing

When I was first married, my wife sent me to work with leftover Snickers minis. It was the day after Halloween and she instructed me to share with the other adults. But I didn’t.

At work, when no one was looking, I plopped the bag of deliciousness in my desk’s middle drawer. Whenever something bothered me, I’d pop one of those bad boys in my mouth and feel my irritation ease a bit. Many things and many people annoyed me in those days (I’m better now, I promise!) and by the third day, I found myself staring into an empty bag.

Back in college, the almighty gummy bear was my favorite candy. (I still love those little buggers!) I’m embarrassed to say I may have wolfed down a 5-pound bag of them while studying for a math exam. (I still hate you, linear algebra.) I may have done this more than once. I may have investigated ways to have them delivered to my dorm room and felt discouraged by the shipping costs. (There was no Amazon Prime back then.)

Even now, 20 years later, if I eat one gummy bear I will eat 100 of them without blinking. And another 100. And another. Until there is nothing left except a craving for more. (I hear my stomach grumble even as I type this.)

But I haven’t had any gummy bears in months. Or Snickers. So I’m excited for Halloween. Excited to see my kids dress up and take them trick-or-treating. Excited for the smell of an autumn evening: crisp air, hot cider, and burning leaves. And I’m excited to put my kids to bed and ransack their candy, as I tell myself, They won’t notice if I eat this or this or this.

What about you?

What are your favorite kinds of Halloween candy? What types do you refuse to share with others?

Tell me on Twitter, @StewieWrites, and I’ll it post down below!

Peoples’ favorites

@SteveMShepherd — Kit Kats and Reese’s Pieces

Diane Callahan @QuotidianWriter — Milk Duds. Only three per mini box!