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James Corden’s ‘Candy,’ Stephen Colbert’s ‘Halloween Wiggle’ and more late-night TV Halloween skits

James Corden and Stephen Colbert are looking to expand your Halloween playlist. 

Corden, “The Late Late Show” host, teamed up with One Direction’s Niall Horan to debut a music video for “Candy,” the sultry Halloween-themed slow jam you didn’t know you needed.

Set to the tune of Ginuwine’s “Pony,” Corden and Horan made every candy they name sound so naughty, you may never be able to look at your trick-or-treat haul the same again.

“I’m just a Batman, looking for some Pop Rocks,” Corden sang. “Something that’s sweet inside, you look like the right fun size.”

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Horan, on the other hand, promised, “Girl, when you break me off a Kit Kat, I’m going to make your Tootsie Pop.” 

And that was just the beginning.

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Over on “The Late Show,” Colbert lamented the lack of good Halloween novelty songs. So the host turned to the music group everyone thinks of when they think of wholesome holiday fun: Run the Jewels.

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He then introduced their song “Halloween Wiggle” as an instant holiday classic.

“The moon was full; it was late at night,” sang Colbert, who was dressed in a festive Halloween sweater, flanked by dancing ghosts. “I could feel in my bones. Something wasn’t quite right.” 

It was soon apparent that Colbert and Run the Jewels were singing about very different kinds of Halloween dance moves.

“This ain’t your daddy’s ‘Monster Mash,’ ” Killer Mike warned. And he meant it. Their verses (and moves) were definitely not kid-friendly.

Of course, not all late-night hosts turned to music for their Halloween-themed skits. On Tuesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the host had chef Gordon Ramsay list the five worst Halloween treats people could hand out to trick-or-treaters.

Ramsay’s expletive-laden culinary critique included describing smarties as “the perfect combination of aspirin and Tums” and candy corn as “earwax formed in the shape of a rotten tooth.” Harsh. 

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And let’s not forget the “Saturday Night Live” offering, the “Haunted Elevator” sketch. The bit saw Academy Award winner Tom Hanks playing David S. Pumpkins, “a guy in a pumpkin suit with two b-boy skeletons” in a haunted attraction. Don’t get why that’s scary (or funny)? You really just have to watch and find out. 

tracy.brown@latimes.com

Twitter: @tracycbrown


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