Horror movie killers have left an indelible mark on the genre, becoming iconic figures synonymous with terror and fear. Whether they’re a core memory that makes you check behind corners, or a campy mess you love to hate, these seemingly unstoppable maniacs are an indelible part of Halloween. But, when we stop to consider, what about THEIR Halloween? Besides the murders, they were mostly children (or smaller demons) at some point; what kind of candy would they be excited to get?
Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)
Jason Voorhees, the hockey-masked menace of Camp Crystal Lake, might prefer a candy that reflects his aquatic origins. Gummy worms, resembling the slimy creatures that lurk beneath the water's surface, would be Jason's go-to Halloween treat. Plus, he can use them to terrify his victims by leaving them in unexpected places. Like the nose of their dead friends.
Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Freddy Krueger, the clawed nightmare from Elm Street, may not seem like the type to enjoy Halloween candy, but if he were to indulge, he'd likely savor something sinister. His favorite would probably be caramel, the firm ones that would take a long time to finish. Krueger is the sort to linger, to wait, to patiently stalk, so a candy that lingers would fit him well.
“Pass the Milk Duds, bitch.”
Michael Myers (Halloween)
The silent, relentless killer Michael Myers would likely be drawn to something equally as timeless and unchanging as he is. His candy of choice would probably be a classic caramel apple. Its enduring popularity and the comforting blend of caramel and sour apple (let's be honest, he would want a green one) would match Michael's enduring presence, giving him the energy he needed to complete his kills. Not as easy to see a razor blade in it through that candy shell, though…
Chucky (Child's Play)
The pint-sized killer doll Chucky may have a playful side despite his murderous tendencies. His candy of choice would probably be Sour Patch Kids. The combination of sour and sweet perfectly aligns with his dual nature—deceptively cute on the outside but harboring a sour and sinister core. That, and no one wants either one of them
Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Leatherface, the chainsaw-wielding maniac, is definitely a savory over sweet guy, but if he were to join in on Halloween candy, he might gravitate towards something unconventional, like candied bacon. Its mix of sweetness and savory flavors would align with his twisted tastes. Seeing as he’s an absolute psycho, he’d probably wash it down with some pickle juice too.
Pennywise the Dancing Clown (It)
Pennywise, the shape-shifting cosmic entity that often takes the form of a clown, would revel in the chaos and fear of Halloween. His favorite candy would undoubtedly be cotton candy. The fluffy, colorful confection mirrors his clownish appearance, and he might even use it to lure unsuspecting children into his dark lair. Let’s face it, no one over the age of 10 likes cotton candy that much, but he’ll pretend. After all, “We lie best when we lie to ourselves.”
Norman Bates (Psycho)
Norman Bates, the troubled innkeeper with a penchant for taxidermy, might prefer something more sophisticated. His candy of choice would be dark chocolate truffles. The rich, decadent taste mirrors his complex personality and the dark secrets he hides. Mother probably left some of these locked up somewhere, so it may have been his first treat anyway.
Not to be confused with Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, who would share the same love of the exquisite candy. However, he couldn’t settle for just any run-of-the-mill chocolate truffles, oh no. These had to be imported from the finest chocolatiers in Europe. The package would have subtle off-white coloring, and a tasteful thickness. Oh my God, it even has a watermark.
The Ghostface killer, known for terrorizing his victims over the phone, would opt for something that aligns with his obsession with technology. His favorite candy would be Pop Rocks. The explosive, fizzy sensation they provide could evoke the thrill he gets from making surprise calls. Plus, it pairs perfectly with popcorn.
Pinhead, the leader of the Cenobites, is a master of pain and pleasure. His candy choice would be licorice, particularly the intense and spicy varieties. The complex, dark flavors of licorice would resonate with his affinity for the depths of human suffering.
At the end of the night, no matter how many fictional people they’ve fictionally murdered, the villains we’ve come to love to hate are people too. Or demons. Or manifestations of the evils of humanity. Either way, a little trick or treat candy seems reasonable to give them… especially if it helps distract them so you can escape.