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Well, it seems that it is that time of year again. Spooky things are in the world and candy abounds. Go to any grocery store and there will be massive bags of supposedly fun-sized candy (although everyone knows that truly fun-sized candy is a full-sized piece) for handing out to the trick-or treaters who may or may not be coming this year. With sweets piling up in homes all over, the question then becomes, what is the best way to consume all of that sticky goodness? To keep that Halloween feeling going leading up to and well after the holiday, here is a look at some perfect pairings of horror novels and candy pieces.

 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman

Clay McLeod Chapman’s novel about a grizzly set of murders which takes place in an ever-evolving sequence of events with two-decade gaps between them is a perfect match for the chocolate and peanut butter treat. Reese’s has long had a history of reshaping their candy for the holiday. The traditional round cup becomes pumpkins for Halloween, trees for Christmas, hearts for Valentine’s day and eggs for Easter. There is always a remade version of the popular candy.

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Kit Kat and Misery by Stephen King

Kit Kats are a classic of Halloween candy and of course, the modern classics of horror are written by the master of horror, Stephen King. One of the most famous scenes in all his books is when villain Annie Wilkes takes hammer to her captive Paul Sheldon’s legs...just like breaking off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.

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100 Grand and The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

Everyone wants to win the lottery, right? Even if it is just a few bucks it is totally worth buying the ticket for the rush, but imagine winning 100 Grand, the caramel, chocolate and crisped rice treat would still be a lot of fun. Less fun would be winning “The Lottery” in Shirley Jackson’s short story. No spoilers here, though—you are going to have to read the book to know the twist of the piece.   

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Candy Corn and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Candy corn can be a controversial treat. So many people reject it as the Halloween candy outcast, much like the children who inhabit the island from Ransom Riggs novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Just like those children though, for those who are in the know, candy corn is by far the best.

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Skittles and My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Skittles are the most colorful of candy treats. Chewy, sweet and fruity, these are a fun-sized main stay. Speaking of color, comic book artist Emil Farris is a master of color work, using pens, colored pencils and paints to bring her monstrous creations to life in the first tome like volume of her graphic novel series, My Favorite thing is Monsters.

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