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Twix or treat: Steamboat kids offer sweet advice

Halloween treats sit on display at Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory on Tuesday. (Photo by Eleanor Hasenbeck)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As area children turn into monsters, superheroes and an array of fantastic characters on Halloween, many will get more treats than tricks.

Coloradan's favorite Halloween candy is a Twix bar, according to candystore.com, a bulk candy retailer. The company compiled 11 years of sales data to determine bestsellers by each state.

Twix ousted last year's pick, Milky Way, which was the second best-selling candy in the state this Halloween.

If you go

What: Downtown Halloween Stroll
When: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
Where: Lincoln Avenue between Fifth and 11th streets

For over 30 years, kids and families of all ages have gathered on Lincoln Avenue to trick or treat and enjoy Halloween festivities during the Halloween Stroll. Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs is closed to traffic during the free event.

Local fifth-graders have a different opinion. In an informal survey of 13 students at Soda Creek Elementary School, KitKats, Reese's cups and candy corn led the pack. None of them picked Twix or Milky Way.

Nationally, spending on Halloween candy, decorations and costumes is expected to reach $9 billion this year with $2.6 billion of that spent on candy, according to the National Retail Federation. Since the organization started keeping track in 2005, only last year's Halloween spending was higher, at $9.1 billion.

Halloween kicks off the season of candy holidays, said Rachel Fuller, a manager at Fuzziwig's Candy Factory in Steamboat.

"We like to celebrate candy holidays here," Fuller said.

After the fall holidays — Thanksgiving and Halloween — there's Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter, all of which call for holiday-specific candy.

Some Fuzziwig's favorites around Halloween are the classics, including mellocreme pumpkins, Pez candies and candy corn, Fuller said. Each year, they add some themed candies to the mix. This year, it was Harry Potter.

The store will be participating in the Halloween Stroll, but Fuller and other Fuzziwig's employees keep the identity of the sweets the store is sharing under lock and key. One thing is certain. It will be a lot of candy.

"We just have to get a whole ton," Fuller said. "It's over a thousand pieces of candy."

The Soda Creek kids do have some advice if you've waited until the last minute to stock up for trick-or-treaters.

"Don't buy the hard candy because they always come undone," said Ike Alexander.

Wrappers on items like lollipops frequently come unwrapped in candy bags, the kids said.

"Another thing, if they’re buying candy, is — I’ve seen people like my neighbors — they buy too much candy," Ike said.

"Don't buy too little," added Sofian Alnajdawi

"Get a reasonable amount," Ike agreed.

Wyatt Hammer warned against putting out a candy bowl.

"Never put a bowl of candy out that says ‘just take one,'" Wyatt said. “People will take a whole handful.”

"If you're not there, just don't put a bowl out," Ryan LeBrun added.

But the kids’ biggest takeaway was this: as well-intentioned as fruit and granola bars are, all they really want is candy.

Among their list of the worst things they've found in their trick-or-treat bags are pretzels, raisins, Nutrigrain bars, advertisements for businesses, celery, black bananas and a Kind bar — but not the sweet kind.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email ehasenbeck@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @elHasenbeck.

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