Only 3 weeks to go – time to obsess about candy. (Right?)

So I have been deeply, wretchedly sick for the past 10 days or so. It started out not-so-bad but – boy! – it worked itself into a fine misery-inflict-er by the time it ran its course. Just yesterday, I started to be able to be useful again and I have A LOT to do. Today I plan to run some errands with Ogre and bring Halloween into my home and life. (Time to get out the decorations, buy a pumpkin for immediate carving, and stock the house with too much sugar.)

I’ve gotten a good start this morning by preparing the countdown post for this week:

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Only THREE weeks until Halloween!

Show your love of Halloween and drive your friends crazy by sharing the above image on your social media sites this week.

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All links have been checked and content has been updated as needed for the post:

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

PS: Come play with us at:

2014: The Paranormalist’s 1st Annual Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt

PPS: I ordered my Halloween Hero magnets yesterday. If you plan to celebrate by playing some variation of  Twisted Ding Dong Ditch, you can still get them at Pooka Creations.

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

UPDATED FOR THE 2014 SEASON

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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

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

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

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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.)

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

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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

90s

Candy Favorites

80s

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

70s

Candy Warehouse

60s

Old Time Candy

50s

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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 

RANK CLASSIC TRICK OR TREAT LOOT.

UPDATE: No really. Go vote – the fab folks at Ranker.com 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?

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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.

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

HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN QUICK LINKS:

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A dark Halloween. (2011)

Thirteen years ago – in what I now recognize as a 3-day-long manic state – I made a tripod website called Dark Touchstones. (Remember tripod websites?) As a special treat to myself, I spent much of Halloween day bringing that content to The Paranormalist. Have a look by visiting Dark Touchstones – a lifetime’s worth of creepy stuff, circa 1997.

NOTE: Most of the tags listed below actually refer to the content of Dark Touchstones. (Apparently I can’t tag pages, only posts.)

P.S. If I were writing Dark Touchstones now, my favorite authors (with their best) list would now have to include Joe Hill and Heart Shaped Box.

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I didn’t spend the whole day in front of the computer, though. At about 5p, my 16-year-old son and I decided to raid the old costume trunks and take our dog trick-or-treating in Anoka. (We might be past the age for such things, but Fierce Guard Dog is only 13 months old.)

I donned the dog-suit and fashioned myself a leash and collar from a scrap of red velvet, duct tape and a belt. We put our dog in a one of my favorite t-shirts. (Get it? I was the dog, the dog was me.) The boy opted to dress as a rather dashing pirate. As we rummaged for pirate-y accessories, we found a pair of devil-wings that looked to be the right size for the dog, so we put those on him too … which messed with our “theme” but looked cute.

We didn’t really trick-or-treat of course, though some friends we visited did scrounge up a biscuit for Fierce Guard Dog. Instead we met up with my husband for a walk through the loveliest Halloween evening we’ve had in years. Sadly, there were few costumed children dashing through the warm night, and most of the houses were dark, their stoops devoid of pumpkins. I am reluctantly beginning to believe that Halloween, as we knew it, is dying.

Still, the crescent moon rode bright in the cloud streaked sky, the leaves crunched as we kicked through the gutters and the dog’s devil-wings flapped as he pranced along beside us.

Now, to finish my nostalgic day, I’m going to settle in with a handful of fun-size Milky Way bars and the classic 1978 film, Halloween. (In which there are many glowing jack-lanterns, and my favorite holiday is eternally preserved.)

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Image by wwarby via Flickr