Classic trick or treat loot: nostalgic candy & prizes from Halloweens past.


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I’ve eaten THREE full-sized candy bars today, and I’m going to go prowl the seasonal aisle of the local drugstore as soon as I get done with this post so I can buy more. You see, I’ve spent the last too-many hours thinking of nothing but candy. For you. Always for you.

Perhaps because I’m hopped up on sugar and caffeine, (more than usual) today’s post comes to you in the form of loosely related list items … think of it as my way of tossing treats into your loot bag.

I’ve gathered most of my information and inspiration (and photographs) from the following vendors:

Candy Favorites * Nostalgic Candy * Candy Warehouse * Old Time Candy * Candy Crate


candy pack a bag

This is fun. At Old Time Candy, you can pack a personalized bag of candy, piece by piece, for yourself or for a friend.


Retro Candy Timeline – Some snippets of candy history. ‘Found this commercial (which settles a debate between Ogre and me) over there too.


Remember Brach’s Dem Bones? They were in a little coffin shaped box that you could get at Halloween. They were simply bits of bone-shaped, smarties-tasting candy. You could fit the pieces together to make a whole skeleton. (Sometimes you had to nibble away little spurs of candy to help them fit together better.) They’re gone now, but another company has stepped in to to fill the void. You can buy a case of the new Scary Skeletons at Candy Warehouse. (I’m hoping to find some for sale at the drugstore so I’m not forced to buy a whole case.)

candy scary skeleton


National Confectioners Association has a done a little piece about Trick or Treating statistics. Plus this:



Many online candy stores sell decade-themed gift boxes of candies. Each company’s selection varies, of course, and all the companies offer multiple decades. For more detail of any given decade, try these links:

Candy Crate


Candy Favorites


( NOTE: Nostalgic Candy appears to be out of business as of 10/2014. All linked shops have by-decade candy selections.)


Candy Warehouse


Old Time Candy



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Now that I’ve got you remembering all the goodies you used to get when you were a kid, why not pop over to

The Paranormalist Portal to 


UPDATE: No really. Go vote – the fab folks at are participating on thier own …

and right now they have red licorice, fancy gum and a sucker ranked 1- 3.

Who will champion Nik L Nips, wax vampire fangs and Chuckles?


Photo note: The photo of a candy haul, which appears above, and on the Ranker list itself, is by Vu Nguyen who shared it via Creative Commons.


NOTE: If you’re going to have a Halloween party, you should issue invitations now.


2014’s Countdown-to-Halloween Ideas & Checklist

Join The Paranormalist’s 1st Annual Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt from here

Print your 6-week planning calendar from here


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17 Comments on “Classic trick or treat loot: nostalgic candy & prizes from Halloweens past.”

  1. Wow, I’m glad to see I’m not the only quirky person that likes to eat candy corn from biting off the tip and moving downward. My favorites given out during my childhood included wax teeth, those wax bottles with colored syrup inside, Pixie Stix and chocolate of any kind.

  2. Perfect timing for this post! I just spent a half hour googling Halloween decorations from the 70s and 80s and picked out all the ones we had growing up. I am so nostalgic tonight. I can even smell the mixed candy in my plastic pumpkin, including those nasty marshmallow orange things I always got. 😉

  3. Hunter Shea says:

    I love this so much, I’m going to reblog it on the Monster Men!

  4. Hunter Shea says:

    Reblogged this on Monster Men and commented:
    Renae Rude is the absolute Queen of Halloween. You MUST follow her blog to be part of the Monster Squad. 🙂

  5. Jerimi says:

    I was just talking about candy cigarettes yesterday, and how one could blow through them to create chalky “smoke.” I’d completely forgotten about “Dem Bones,” though. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  6. A Duet says:

    Awesome post! Loving the feel of Halloween upon us, and this Candy Corn lover just got a taste!

  7. Tim Prasil says:

    Candy cigarettes. I remember them. They were cigarettes — that were candy. So that children could pretend . . .

    And I liked them a lot!

    But, hey, I never took up smoking, so I guess they weren’t quite as crazy as it might seem looking back.

    But still! Candy cigarettes!

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