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How to save on Halloween candy (and still be popular with trick-or-treaters)

by Vidya Rao / / Source: TODAY

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Our favorite holiday is right around the corner, and it’s time to start stocking up on candy so you aren’t stuck with (milk)duds on Halloween.

Americans spent a cool $2.5 billion on Halloween candy in 2016, but we’re a little stingier than that. If you’re like us, you want the top candies without having to pay top dollar. Plan ahead, order online and get a sweet deal by buying candy in bulk. Here are some of our favorites:

For Trick-or-Treaters

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Child's Playtime Candy Assortment, 5.33 lbs, $10, Sam's Club

Tootsie roll candy mix

This 5-pound bag is a fun mix of Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Pops, Mini Dots and Tootsie Snack bars. Even the product reviews talk about how much trick-or-treaters love it!

Skittles, Starburst and Life Savers Gummies Halloween Candy Bag, 99-ounces, $20, Amazon

Skittle and Starburst bag

This bag has 315 pieces of fruity, chewy candy for the kiddos to enjoy. All in all, the price comes out to $0.06 a piece — you can't argue with that deal.

Nestle Chocolate Assorted Minis Bag, 40-ounces, $9, Amazon

Assorted Nestle chocolates

There are about 100 pieces of favorites like Butterfinger, Nestle Crunch and Baby Ruth to share with the neighborhood ghouls.

Assorted Candy Party Mix, 90-ounces, $38, Amazon

Twizzlers and more assorted candies for Halloween

Armed with more than 200 pieces of individually wrapped Twizzlers, Nerds, Swedish Fish, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles and more, you can pretend you’re Oprah when doling out handfuls of candy.

Kid's Play Mix Candy, 13-ounces, $15 for six bags, Dollar General

Fun mix snack pack

This bag has all the originals: Smarties, Dubble Bubble, Jawbreakers, Fireballs and more!

Nestle Assorted Chocolate and Sugar Pack, 116 pieces, $9, Amazon

Nestle snack pack

A few bags of these could feed the whole neighborhood! This includes Nestle favorites like Nerds, Gobstoppers, Crunch and Butterfingers.

Airheads Miniatures, 90-count box (3.1 lbs), $11, Amazon

Assorted Airheads
Candy Crate

Give trick-or-treaters an old-school candy they’ll love! There are 38 to 40 mini-Airheads in a variety of flavors: cherry, orange, blue raspberry and watermelon. Maybe buy an extra bag just for yourself — for old time’s sake.

Skittles and Starburst Original Candy Bag, 90 Fun-Size Pieces, $9, Amazon

Skittles and Starburst

Give kids a chance at winning the pink Starburst lottery, and give the losers a consolation prize by guaranteeing they’ll get at least one red Skittle.

Twix Mini Bars, 40-ounces (2.1 lbs), $10, Amazon

Twix mini candy bars

What’s not to love with the caramel cookie crunch and chocolately goodness of Twix? If the kids don’t like ‘em, then they need better taste!

Hershey's Mini Chocolate Candy Bars, 40-ounces (2.6 lbs), $10, Amazon

Assorted Hershey's miniatures for Halloween
Candy Store

This sweet bulk buy gives you 135 pieces of Hershey’s milk chocolate, dark chocolate, Mr. Goodbar and Krackel.

For Your Party

Assorted Gummy Worms, 5-pound bulk bag (235 count) $18, Old Time Candy

Gummy Worms
Old Time Candy

Gummy Worms are perfect for your Halloween table, whether you use them as creepy additions to dishes or just pop them in a bowl for your guests to enjoy. With this 5-pound bag, there will be plenty to go around.

Reese's Pieces Candy: 48-Ounce Bag, $11 ($21 and up at other stores), Jet

Reese's Pieces bulk bag
Candy Warehouse

Offer a big bowl of serve-yourself Reese’s Pieces at your Halloween feast. This huge bag is the perfect size for a crowd, plus you cut down on cost and waste by not buying several smaller bags.

Brach's Candy Corn and Autumn Mix Duo, two 40-Ounce Bags, $13, Amazon

Candy corn

As divisive as candy corn is, there’s no debating this confection is synonymous with Halloween. And you’ll definitely get your fill with these two bags, one of which also features candy corn pumpkins.

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