5: The "reach and grab" - Occasionally, you'd hit a house that others missed, or a couple that went way overboard on their candy purchase, or someone looking to unload candy late in the evening. These folks were so happy to see a trick-or-treater that they'd hold out their bowl and tell you to take as much as you'd like. You'd always take one, hesitant lest this be a cruel joke, waiting for them to urge you to take more. At that point, you grabbed as much as you could possibly fit in your hands. Always a welcome surprise.
4: Real money - There is some argument about this, since getting a 50 cent piece or a buck sorta took the fun out of things, but you always got enough candy anyway, and if you ended the night with a few dollars in your pocket as well, good for you! You never appreciated the cash the night of, but when you went to the store November 1st with free reign to get whatever additional candy you wanted, it all became worth-while.
3: The candy bag - You had to love the people who gave you a small, paper, Halloween-themed bag. When tallying your candy and sorting into "keep" and "trade" piles, you cherished these little bags. It was a present from a stranger--much better than simple candy. Plus, you knew that if they went through the trouble to make the bags, they put thought into what the bags contained. It wasn't odd to find several different candies as well as stickers, baseball cards, and other knick-knacks.
2: The full-size candy bar - Despite your gigantic haul of candy overall, nothing was better than digging out that full-sized Milky Way or Charleston Chew. It almost didn't matter whether or not you liked the brand since a full-sized candy bar made excellent trade bait. Full-size candy bars were hallowed in my neighborhood.
1: The basket - The Halloween Holy Grail--on a somewhat desolate street, you approach a house with it's light on. You ring the bell--no one answers. Just as you're calculating how many eggs are needed to teach these people the error of their ways, you notice a basket with a sign: "Take One - Happy Halloween!" One of two things happened next--either (1) you cursed your luck at arriving too late and finding the basket empty (or worse--filled with Dum-Dums), or (2) you stole glances at your friends and determined how to split the booty, leaving only undesirable items and a few decent treats to give the sense that you didn't just raid the joint. I often expected someone to come out yelling at me, but it never happened.
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