[Frontspiece: An entire pumpkin patch seems to have come to life in this fun yard display that’s not too spooky for kids of all ages to wander through. Image via wallpapercave.]
Frosted Day of the Dead Lollipops are highly rated for thematic cuteness and tasty flavor. orientaltrading.com
After decorating her yard to spooky perfection, and adorning herself in the perfect costume to match, no Shopping Girl will drop the ball on the candy she hands out to Trick-or-Treaters. She has fond childhood memories of Halloween, and now she is in a position to make that once-a-year celebration special for the children in her community. It is a wonderful opportunity to share with neighborhood children a positive cultural experience that they can look back on throughout life with delight. Perhaps the most delightful element of Halloween is the Trick-or-Treating ritual, receiving candy and other fun little tokens from all of the people in the neighborhood. Let’s take a look at some options for candy that branch out from the more predictable offerings on hand at the local grocery stores:
The most popular Halloween Chocolate Candy assortment I ever bought was this selection from orientaltrading.com. It contains 10 lbs. of various types of chocolates, including peanut butter cups and milk chocolates with crispy rice bits. Children and adults adored these. I had plenty left over after the holiday. It took a long time for me to run out but, when I did, everyone was deeply disappointed. In all honesty, these are of course low-end chocolates, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun and tasty.
Another popular favorite, these Black Cat Lollipops are mixed-fruit flavored, and come in a set of 12. orientaltrading.com
Not into handing out sugary treats? These
Halloween Pretzel Packets are highly rated as being fresh and tasty. Reviewers note that there is a goodly amount in each packet, and that children love them. Set of 48 individual packets. orientaltrading.com
Stylish, retro, orange flavored, and always popular with everyone. Halloween Hard Candy Sticks are great handouts or decorative party treats. 80 pieces. orientaltrading.com
Highly rated by kids and adults as popular and tasty, these marshmallow and jelly Oozing Eyeballs Candies come in a pack of 50. Besides the great taste, they have that squishy tactile appeal that kids adore in their spooky goodies. orientaltrading.com
Fun for Harvest Festival and Insect themed parties and treat bags,
Double Honey Filled Candies are individually wrapped and come in bulk packages. oldtimecandy.com
A Gluten-Free option! Kids love
Sixlets, small balls of candy-coated chocolate that resemble M&M candies. These are packaged in Halloween treat sizes in orange and black colors, and you get 110 packets per set! orientaltrading.com
If you’d like to have a treat for teens or adults who come to your door, how about these charming English organic tea bags? The set of 12 includes three different flavors, wrapped in cute seasonal printed paper in a distinctive tall pyramid shape. The box would make a festive hostess gift or delightful carnival prize. Halloween Tea Bags from England. vermontcountrystore.com.
Another great multi-purpose treat for all ages are these individually wrapped Halloween Fortune Cookies. The themed fortunes add a fun extra diversion to your Trick-or-Treat handouts, or to help break the ice among your party guests. Set of 50. orientaltrading.com
These Silhouette Halloween Party Buttermint packets feature great traditional graphics. With two tasty mints inside each packet, you can freshen your breath after consuming that deadly, but vampire-repulsing, garlic bruschetta. A must-have for parties, treat bags, and handing out to the kids, you’ll have plenty with 108 packs per set. orientaltrading.com
Halloween doesn’t have to be a disappointment for kids with allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project promotes ideas and products that are safe and fun for trick-or-treaters who suffer from food allergies. Consider buying some allergy-free treats for those kids, such as the Enjoy Life Halloween Chocolate Variety. It contains an assortment of individually wrapped chocolates that are free of soy, nuts, gluten, dairy, and GMOs. They taste pretty good! Available from Enjoy Life Foods at amazon.com.
While some Sugar-Free candies disappoint, the sugar-free version of Chick-O-Sticks taste just as awesome as the regular version. If somehow you’ve never had one, they are quite similar to the middle of a Butterfinger candy bar, featuring crispy-crumbly honeycomb, coconut, and peanut butter. Never met anyone who didn’t love these. Score them in bulk sizes from ohnuts.com.
Traditionalists can introduce a new generation to the delight that is Sesame Candy. Many have fond childhood memories of snacking on these little bites of seed brittle candy heaven. Lots of sesame seeds make them healthy…ish. ohnuts.com
A bit of an off-the-wall option, check out the online website specialist in travel sizes, Mimimus.biz. They’ve been around a long time, providing wee packaging options of just about everything that a traveler or office worker could want. You might find some cute little jam jars, or these Appleways Simply Wholesome Vanilla Wafers, make cute party favors, pinata stuffers, or handouts. minimus.biz
Some people are bombarded by hordes of Trick-or-Treaters, or otherwise must adhere to budget constraints that limit their spending. There are plenty of affordable hand-out options available to Shopping Girls on a budget! Others are blessed and motivated to indulge the little goblins. If your finances allow and you are so inclined, a wide variety of fun options are possible. These Interlocking Skeleton Bone Hard Candies come disassembled in colorful mini “coffins”. Reviewers affirm that the candy puzzle pieces do fit together well, providing an anatomy lesson along with a sweet treat. Set of 12. orientaltrading.com
Another higher-end handout, or option for people who don’t receive many Trick-or-Treaters. The Shakespearean Insult Gum set includes adorable tiny book-like boxes, each filled with two gumballs and a ripe Shakespearean insult motto. archiemcphee.com
See’s Candies are legendary favorites of millions of people for a reason. If you haven’t discovered See’s fine chocolates and other delights yet, Halloween is the perfect time. These Orange Krispys come in a box of 30. Each individually wrapped crunchy honeycomb wafer is covered with See’s decadent dark chocolate. You can plan to hand them out to extremely lucky Trick-or-Treaters, if you refrain from eating them all yourself. This would also make an excellent carnival prize or gift to a wonderful party hostess. seescandies.com
More indulgence. Chocolate Marshmallow Jack-O’-Lanterns feature honey marshmallow with milk chocolate coating. You get 6 individually wrapped treats per box. seescandies.com
Spoil Trick-or-Treaters with a Trick Or Treat Lollypop in its own colorful tin box. See’s lollypops are intensely flavored, chewy caramel-like delights in Chocolate or Butterscotch flavors. The festive small tins will be treasured mementos and, considering See’s history and popularity, may even be valuable one day. seescandies.com
Shopping Girls who want fine quality chocolate candy for treat bags can rely on See’s. Milk Chocolate Balls feature foil jack-o’-lantern faces. 30 per bag. seescandies.com
More fine quality chocolate goodness with cute foil wrappers for indulgent givers. Milk Chocolate Ghosts, Six per pack. seescandies.com
Speaking of Treat Bags, here’s a Halloween Bat Treat Bag which may inspire, or you can buy from worldmarket.com.
If you are one of the cool people who hand out entire goodie bags, check out these colorful Day of the Dead Cellophane Bags, which form a roundish shape once filled. Sold in packs of 12 at orientaltrading.com.
Arrrgh, fer shure yew’ll be havin’ fun decoratin’ yer Black Pirate Chests to hand over to yer porch pillagers. They be large, plastic, and ye get a dozen for stashin’ all yer booty for Trick-or-Treat or party favors. Up to ye whether’n teeny bottles o’ rum be stashed fer the mature lads and lassies needin’ a wee nip to fend off the fears o’ the night. orientaltrading.com
An iconic treats bowl for Halloween matters. It ups the fun factor when you’re handing out goodies to the little ghosts and witches who come knocking on your door. This cute Glitzy Cauldron features an antiqued gold finish with scrollwork, handle rings, chains, and even toad-shaped feet. Obviously, it’s also great for multiple display uses. orientaltrading.com
Strangely enough (to my mind, anyway), chocolate is not the absolute favorite treat choice of every single person on Earth. For 2018, you will be covered by adding this assortment to your chocolate arsenal for Trick-or-Treaters. It includes the current non-chocolate favorites. You can get the assortment in three different sizes. Sold by VarietyFun via Fulfilled by Amazon. amazon.com