It's upon us: The one night a year when people open their doors and give away candy to children dressed as Hannah Montana, Spider-Man or Johnny Depp.
With candy on the brain, trick-or-treaters want more -- pillowcases more.
Perhaps that's why Americans will spend $2.1 billion on candy and dispense nine billion pieces of candy corn this year.
Those young, voracious appetites can't be satiated, but eventually parents tire and call the kids back indoors.
Then the real action begins: the great candy draft.
Use this guide, compiled from a heated discussion of retired trick-or-treaters, to find out where your candy ranks.
First Place: Full-Size Candy Bars
The bliss of finding the big boy Nestle Crunch or a Reese's with two generous peanut-butter cups doesn't fade with age. Volume, rarity and a deep emotional attachment make the full-size candy bar Halloween's holy grail.
Second Place: Fun-Size Favorites
Those diminutive bags or cute cardboard mini-boxes of classics like Mike and Ikes, Milk Duds and Junior Mints are ideal for instant gratification. The Halloween sizes of M&Ms, Skittles and Reese's Pieces are also perfect for when you've ingested too much already but just can't stop.
Third Place: Individual Hard Candies
Single wrapped pieces of candy, like butterscotch buttons and individual Tootsie Rolls (not to be confused with the larger one, which comes on a white cardboard sheath and yanks out baby teeth with each bite), is mildly exciting to receive at first. But hard candy just isn't that special -- it's given away for free at the barber shop. However, it keeps, and can be fun to throw. Plus, there is one sleeper pick: root-beer barrels.