How to Turn Any Room of Your Home into a Kid-Friendly Haunted House!

My boys get really into holidays.  And Halloween seems to be one of the biggest.  It is just a dream for any child to get to dress up, eat tons of HERSHEY’S candy and run around scaring each other.  And since I have two boys, scary is what they do best.  So when HERSHEY’S BOO BLVD. gave me a chance to share our ideas for  creating a haunted house, the boys and I were both thrilled!  However, one of them is still a little young so this year, we wanted to create a haunted house for him that would be fun, age-appropriate and a way to make Halloween decorations a family event!

Now, in the past we have not done too much decorating on the inside of our home.  We do pumpkins on the front porch and decorations on the lawn but taking on the indoors in scary style was a whole new challenge!  Keeping that in mind, I knew the first thing I needed to do was come up with a plan.  I will fully admit, I have this horrible habit of going completely over the top.  But with my busy schedule and my limitations on what I could do that would not drive the hubby crazy, I knew I needed to create an area of the house that could be fun; one that could be spooky but kid-friendly.  And one that would not overwhelm the rest of the house (since I’m so obviously leaving it up for the entire month of October!).

After brainstorming and talking to my son, I had a plan!  We were going to transform the kitchen into a haunted kitchen with a little time, a few key ingredients and a lot of creativity.  We started out by making a trip to Walmart to gather our supplies.  My biggest tip here is choose a theme and stick to it!  Keeping things simple is super important!  You will find that a small area can be overwhelmed with too many items and will lose the feel that you are going for!  So to start our transformation, we knew we needed spider webs.  After all, what haunted house has been dusted lately?  And since I didn’t think the hubby would go for me slacking on the cleaning for a month just to create the right look, we decided to go with a bag of webs instead.  This is a really quick and easy way to give any room of your home a spooky feel!  You buy the webs in a large bag and then just take it out and spread it where you want it to go.  There is no messing up with this – the more you pull and stretch, the better it looks!  So we started by covering our chandelier putting some spider webs on the table and a little on our glass doors.

But what good are spider webs without spiders?  I am a huge lights person and love them for every occasion so when I saw creepy crawly light stands, I knew I had to have them!  And while a glass door can start out being simply innocent, with a little deconstructed cloth and a string of spider lights, it can turn into quite a fright!

Next was the kitchen table!  I had a few really good ideas for this part of our room.  We started with more spider webs and a big black cauldron.  But in order to stick with the haunted house theme, we needed some potions to keep things scary!  So, I enlisted the help of the kids, who filled various sized glass jars with water, food coloring and fake eyeballs!  We then set these around the cauldron and added some big black spiders to give things a really creepy look!  Finally, we added some worm filled dirt treats by filling small containers with chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos and gummy worms!

This created a look that was both creepy and fun!  Once everything was in place, we had a Haunted kitchen that was ready for anything Halloween had to offer!

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The best part of creating this Haunted kitchen was doing it as a family.  That is what makes Halloween something the kids enjoy.  They know we will go trick-or-treating together.  They know we will carve pumpkins together.  They know we will create costumes together.  And now they look forward to the tradition of turning the kitchen into a Haunted kitchen together!

For those of you who are looking for a way to make Halloween memorable this year, I highly recommend creating a Haunted House that the kids (and you) will remember for years to come.  Through our experience I picked up a few tips that will help to make it easier!

- Be creative!  Look at ideas online but in the end, go with what you like.  If your kids are older, go really scary.  If they are little, like mine, you can still have a spooky time but have it rated G!

- Don’t over think!  Halloween is a little boy’s dream holiday because it is about all things gross.  Go with it!  Make eyeballs out of grapes.  Create dirt and worms.  There are endless ways that you can make the holiday fun.

- Don’t be scared to use items around the house!  There are everyday items that can be super spooky!  Make potions with water and food coloring.  Use Jell-O to create a slimy treat.  Don’t be hindered by budget or time constraints!  Instead, let your creativity flow free!

- Don’t get so wrapped  up in how it will turn out that you miss the fun.  Let your kids be a part of the planning.  It may not look fabulous to you but to them it will be a masterpiece!

- Have fun!  Create memories that will last long beyond Halloween.  After all, a Haunted House can be scary or not, but creating it will always be memorable!

- Don’t forget the HERSHEY’S Chocolate!  At the end of all your hard work, you will want (and need) a sweet treat!  And the kids will love the fact that they don’t even have to leave the house to Trick-or-Treat!

Above all, enjoy your Halloween!

To see more of my inspiration and how we created our kid-friendly haunted house, be sure to visit my Pinterest board!

Are you in the Halloween spirit now?   Well, if not I want to help you get there!  How?  Why with HERSHEY’S, of course!  So 20 of my lucky readers will win a Hershey’s bag of candy that is sure to make your Halloween sweet!  Entry is simple!  Just use the form below!

Good luck and Happy Halloween!

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I am participating in the HERSHEY’S BOO BLVD. campaign via Mom Bloggers Club. This post was sponsored by HERSHEY’S. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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  1. Betsy Rubendall Barnes
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    My favorite Hershey’s product is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup :)

  2. Raina DelRio
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    In this house we <3LOVE<3 Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars, Kit-Kats, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!

  3. Betsy Rubendall Barnes
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    Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/286400857524398764/ :)

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  4. Kit Kats :-)
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  5. love hershey kisses thansk

  6. I love the worm dirt treats!
    Kas
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  7. Hershey’s kisses!
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  8. Ellen Casper
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    A simple KISS

  9. Marilyn Wons says:

    The Kiss is my favorite Hershey candy!

  10. Krackle bars are my favorite.

  11. dale bartlett says:

    luv luv herseys candy

  12. Kit Kat bars!
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  13. Kit Kat bar :)

  14. Shannon Baas says:

    I love the peppermint kisses they have at Christmastime.

  15. Stephanie says:

    love hershey kisses

  16. Love your cauldron centerpiece!
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  17. Margaret Smith says:

    Reeses Peanut butter cups

  18. Katherine Persons
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    Reeses PB Cups

  19. Amanda K. says:

    I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

  20. Sue Ellison
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    I love Hershey’s Kisses with Almonds!

  21. Maryann D. says:

    I love Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Bars

  22. York Peppermint Patties are my all time favorite.

  23. ohh i love the green goo with eyeballs on your table!!
    my favorite Hershey’s product was the bite-sized kiss-shaped cookies they used to make – but bah, discontinued (all the good stuff is, isn’t it?!) so my favorite now are the miniatures (Krackel, Mr Goodbar, special dark, orginial all mixed in one bag!)

  24. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

  25. mary fanara coleman
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    Kit kats and hershey’s kisses…my daughter loves the peanut butter cups.

  26. I like Special Dark

  27. Hershey Milk Chocolate bar

  28. TawndaM
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    Reeses Peanut Butter cups

  29. Jayne G
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    I like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
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  30. samantha w says:

    hershey’s special dark is my fave

  31. Stephanie Behlen
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    Cookies and cream

  32. Leanna Morris
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    Milk chocolate bar with almonds

  33. Richard Morris says:

    kitkat bars for me!

  34. Richard Morris says:

    i subscribe via email at this address: unevenfist84@live.com

  35. Georgette
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    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

  36. Kit kats, Hershey bar with almonds, Reese cups.

  37. Debra Hall
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    my favorite is kisses

  38. Reese’s cups!! YUMMY!

  39. Tell me your favorite Hershey’s Candy! Hersheys with almonds

  40. Ann Fantom
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    Reese’s peanut butter cups are my favorite Hershey product.

  41. Hershey Bar with Almonds is my favorite
    Thanks!

  42. Karen Glatt
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    I love Hershey’s kisses with Almonds!

  43. I love Hershey’s Kisses, but my boys simply adore the peanut butter cups!

  44. I like Hershey’s kisses.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

  45. I like Symphony bars

  46. Danielle Ring says:

    Favorite product is definitely Reese’s!!

  47. melissa n
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    i love the minitures the best and crackle is the best one of those

  48. Dawn Sterner
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    I love ‘em all! but i really like kit-kats :)

  49. Kelly H.
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    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

  50. Nicole L. says:

    I like almond hershey kisses.

  51. Kimberly Murat says:

    I love reeses!

  52. Kassie Jo Lauhoff says:

    Hersey’s kisses

  53. Maria Alvarado says:

    I like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

  54. Paula Lee says:

    Love the cherry cordial kisses.

  55. hersheys with almonds

  56. Cynthia C
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    My favorite is Kit Kat

  57. Kathy Bose says:

    Love Hersheys kisses.

  58. Tiffany Hearn says:

    Hershey with almonds, I dip them in peanut butter. Yum!

  59. Reese’s peanut butter cups

  60. Linda White says:

    Original Hershey Bar!

  61. Andrea Williams says:

    Hershey bar with almonds.

  62. EMMA L HORTON says:

    I LIKE HERSHEY KISSES

  63. I love Hershey’s Milk Chocolate!!

  64. I love Mr Goodbar…or Hersheys bars with Almonds! Yum!

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  65. I like Reese’s Cups.

  66. Bonnie Joseph says:

    My favorite is Hershey’s Peanut butter Cups!

  67. Erica Barnes says:

    Hershey’s milk chocolate bar.

  68. My favorite is Peppermint Patties.

  69. L Brenner says:

    My favorite is Reese’s peanut butter cups!

  70. i love regular kisses!

  71. karen b
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    Our favorite hershey candy is peanut butter cups, thanks

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  72. I love Hersheys kisses. xxoo

  73. yesss! love this giveaway. almost all hersheys are my favorite! especially milk chocolate and kit kat and many more!

  74. Mary Calabrese
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    I love Reese’s pcs.

  75. Ttrockwood says:

    I love coconut m and ms!

  76. Christine says:

    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

  77. Sara Haaf
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    Reeses PB Cup is my fave.

  78. ryan minton
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    hershey kisses with almonds

    rypm25@aol.com

  79. Penny Snyder says:

    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! grammypenny@frontier.com

  80. renee walters says:

    My favorite Hershey’s product is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

  81. Cindy Merrill
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    I love Hershey’s Special Dark

  82. Anastasia
    Twitter:
    says:

    I love Hershey Kisses w/ Almonds :)

  83. Michelle Bryan says:

    hershey kisses- all of the flavors

  84. Monique Rizzo says:

    Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  85. judy gardner says:

    reese cups!

  86. My favorite is Hershey Kisses

  87. Charlotte Padgett says:

    I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (and York Mints) What a choice to have to make!

  88. My favorite Hershey’s product is Hershey Kisses.

  89. Pauline G. says:

    I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It’s been my favorite since I was a child!

  90. I love hugs they’re the perfect combination of white and milk chocolate!

  91. kit kats!

  92. Reese’s Pieces!
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  93. carol gentry says:

    KISSES are the best.

  94. Kit kats are my favorite!!!!!

  95. Kristy Thiel says:

    I love the milk chocolate bars!

  96. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    Almond Joy!

  97. I love Hershey’s Chocolate Bar with Almonds. YUM!

  98. The Cookies ‘N Creme Bar is my favorite.

  99. Stephanie Larison says:

    I love the Mr Goodbars in the little mini size!

  100. Kisses Luv thos kisses !

  101. Terry Cross says:

    Reese’s peanut butter cups

  102. Lorena Keech says:

    Peppermint patties

  103. YORK PEPPERMINT PATTIES

  104. Linda Lansford says:

    I like dark bars

  105. My favorite Hershey’s product is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

  106. Hershey Bar with Almonds

  107. Amanda Hoffman says:

    reeses peanut butter cups

  108. Reeces Pieces!!!

  109. Cody Anderson says:

    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

  110. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Classic Hersheys Milk Chocolate Bar

  111. I love Reese’s!

  112. hershey kisses
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  113. kyl neusch says:

    Hershey’s kisses

  114. I love hersheys chocolate and almond bar

  115. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
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  116. dani marie says:

    gotta go with kitkats.

  117. Reese’s!!!!!!!!!!

  118. Reese’s Pumpkins!

  119. I love Hershey with almonds, yum!

  120. Hershey’s Kisses

  121. I love Kit Kats

  122. You’re going to make me choose one hershey candy?! Ok, well, then I guess it would have to be Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

  123. Paula Michele Hafner
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    I love Hershey Bars with Almonds.

  124. Marie Darrer says:

    special dark chocolate

    Em Darr

  125. hershey kisses

  126. Karen Gonyea says:

    Milk Chocolate Bar with Almonds :)

  127. Reeses Peanut butter cups

  128. Melissa Nix
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    Hershey Bar with Almonds

  129. Reeses PB Cups!

  130. Carey Rehm says:

    Hershey’s Milk Chccolate is the best!

  131. Dark Reese’s!

  132. Peanut Butter Cups!

  133. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

  134. I love the peanut butter cups

  135. I’m 100 Years old (LOL) and I still love Hershey’s Candies……….I still break the pieces off and eat them as I did when I was a kid :)

  136. I love Hersheys cookies and Cream candy bars

  137. I like Almond Joy candy bars.

  138. Heath – can’t get enough ;)
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  139. Jennifer M says:

    I like Reese’s Pieces.

  140. Milk Chocolate with Almonds

  141. Candis Binkley says:

    kisses

  142. Ed Nemmers says:

    Special Dark is my Hershey’s of choice!

  143. Hershey’s Peanut Butter Cups!

  144. Mary Cloud says:

    Reese’s

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  145. reeses peanut butter cups yummy.

  146. Hershey Kisses!

  147. my favorite is kit kat.

  148. Kisses are the best, sometimes you get white chocolate or peanut butter ones too!

  149. Hersheys Cookies and Cream

  150. Kit Kat

  151. amy deeter
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    hershey with almonds
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  152. Nicole Larsen says:

    Kit Kats and Hershey bars!

  153. My favorite is caramel kisses!

  154. Jennifer Reed says:

    I love the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar.

  155. Reeses peanut butter cups

  156. Reese’s, especially the fastbreak

  157. Lisa Garner says:

    Love Hershey’s Kisses.

  158. Brittney House says:

    I like the cookies and cream kisses

  159. I love their Twizzlers.

  160. I like reeses cups.

  161. Debra B
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    reese cups are my favorite

    thanks for the delicious giveaway

  162. Aimee Fontenot
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    Mounds are so good!

  163. I like Hershey Kisses with almonds.
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  164. Resses Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite.

  165. Rebecca H. says:

    Hershey’s Milk Chocolate! So creamy and delicious!

  166. amy williams
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    kisses

  167. Special Dark

  168. I love the combination of the minitures!

  169. Cristita Hodge says:

    Kisses with almonds is my favorite

  170. Roberta Horn
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    Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups!!!

  171. almost kisses

  172. I love the bags of little assorted bars, Thanks for the give a way!

  173. sonya mackay says:

    my fave is special blend dark chocolate

  174. William Hull
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    My favorite Hershey’s product is the Hershey Bar.

  175. i LOVE the cookies and cream, and the Special Dark ;)

  176. Denise Melby says:

    All of it!

  177. bing bang
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    hersheys cookies and cream is my favorite

  178. Almond Joy my fav.

  179. Rajani Patil
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    Hershey Chocolate Bars

  180. lauraya duarte says:

    Kit Kat yum

  181. Christina Keaton says:

    I love Mr. Goodbars and Reese’s PB Cup!

  182. sherry shapiro
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    RECESS PEANUT BUTTER is my fav!!!

  183. PayDay bars! With Reese’s in at a close second, and Cookies n Cream in third! Yummm

  184. I love the plain old Hershey chocolate bar.

  185. Kellie Calderon says:

    HERSHEYS KISSES!!

  186. tara b.
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    the air delight bars :) omg sooooooooooooooooo gooooooooooood

  187. York Peppermint Patties And twizzlers

  188. My favorite Hershey candy is the Hershey Kiss–especially the mint ones, which I have actually only found once. Don’t know if it was an experiment or not, but they worked for me.

  189. Angela Neynaber says:

    Peanut Butter Cups.

  190. It’s hard to choose, but I’ll pick Reeses’s Peanut Butter Cups as my favorite.

  191. Kim Hanthorn
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    I Love all of the Hershey’s but my favorite is Reeses’s Peanut Butter Cups

  192. Reese’s cups

  193. Becca Wilson says:

    Hershey kisses!

  194. Reese’s PB Cups

  195. I love Reese’s!

  196. the flavored kisses
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  197. Rhonda Clemens
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    Hugs or KitKat!!

    clemensrhonda@hotmail.com

  198. Reese’s Pieces and Peanut Butter Cups.
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  199. the original hershey bar

  200. I love the cherry cordial and the peppermint kisses and for non-seasonal, I love the cookies and cream bar!

  201. Whitney Lindeman
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    Special Dark is my favorite!

  202. My favorite is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

  203. Leslie L. Stanziani says:

    I love symphony bars and special dark the most.

  204. Beverly Youngblood
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    NO FAVES BUT ALWAYS BUY THE KISSES i BAKE A LOT WITH THEM BUT SAAVE A EW TO EAT WHILE WATCHING TV AT NIGHT

  205. Nicole D. says:

    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

  206. Tanya Bartlett
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    Hersey’s kisses

  207. Laura Proctor Unger says:

    Reese’s is my favorite!

  208. Chrissy Nestor
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    I love the Hershey’s Kisses W/ Almonds

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

  209. it’s so hard to pick a favorite! reese’s cups are high on the list though :)

  210. susan smoaks
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    my favorite are york peppermint patties!

  211. Melissa VandenBerg
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    I love Hersheys Milk chocolate bars……

  212. Jennifer Peaslee says:

    I like hershey’s with almonds, reeses, and kit kats!

  213. Reese’s Eggs

  214. Marie Oetzel
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    Reese all the way. But I do love me some Special Dark!

  215. Hersheys with Almonds!

  216. carol lewis says:

    Kisses and also peanut butter cups!

  217. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite.

  218. vikki Billings says:

    My favorite is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

  219. kathy pease says:

    I love reeses cups

  220. Cheryl Reinhardt
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    I love Hersheys Kiss’s

  221. Saver Sara says:

    Reese’s peanut butter cups

  222. My favorite is Hershey’s with almonds.

  223. Brad Merrell says:

    Reese’s Cups

  224. mary gardner
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    special dark bars

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  225. Lucy Schwartz says:

    What won’t I do for a little kiss!

  226. Amy DeLong says:

    almond hershey bars
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  227. Original hersheys are my fave

  228. I like the hershey’s milk chocolate bar and the kisses

  229. Susan Smith says:

    I love Reeces Peanut Butter Cups

  230. Aaron Bretveld
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    I love the Reese’s PB Cups. My favorite is actually the miniature size, but they’re all good.

  231. Steve H
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    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

  232. Connie Bolick Lee
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    Hershey with almonds

  233. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

  234. Gaines Simmons
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    Hello, how are you? Thank you for this opportunity. I like Hersheys with almonds.

  235. James Coyne says:

    i like skor candy bars

  236. My favorite is krackle or Mr goodbar

  237. Laurie Emerson
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    I love the original Hershey’s Kisses!
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  238. jeannine s says:

    I love the kisses in carmel

  239. Wendy McBride says:

    Hershey’s Cookies and Cream Bar.

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  240. Kit Kat is my favorite

  241. Trisha McKee says:

    I love hershey’s kisses.

  242. Sarah Yurga
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    Reeses peanut Butter Cups

  243. Tammy Greer
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    I love the Special (dark chocolate) Can’t get me enough!

  244. Sand
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    I love Reese’s peanut butter cups.

  245. Kellie Conklin says:

    I love Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar with almonds! Yum! I especially love the large bar! Thanks!

  246. Sarah Harding says:

    Hershey’s dark chocolate

  247. Buddy Garrett says:

    Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar is my favorite.

  248. Holly Oehrlein
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    Symphony Bar

  249. Tamie Tarbox
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    Just posting a comment for the fuse contest. And I love Hershey’s w/ Almonds.

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