I’m getting really excited for Halloween. The stores are starting to fill up with all sorts of fabulous and spooky goodies.
This article is a continuation of the shopping guide I started a few weeks ago.
Here are some creepy items that you might not find at your average Target. (That said, the Angry Chef and I are loving Target’s Halloween loot this season. Their spread seems to get better year after year.)
1. The Hungry Mouse Halloween Boutique
I set up my Amazon Halloween Boutique last week and sifted through what seemed like hundreds of pages of gear to pull out the coolest stuff I could find. Go have a nibble!
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2. Poisonous Bottle Labels
What better way to trick out your bar for Halloween? Your guests can get seasonally schnockered on cocktails made with “Doctor Rotgut’s Famous Embalming Juice” and “Ghoul-Ail Ectoplasmic Extract.”
3. Spooky Floating Illusion Table
Wooooooo. Zoinks, it’s a ghost! No wait, I mean, ooooooh, it’s a table! Forget cheesy Halloween tablecloths. The Illusion Side Table by Danish designer Essey is an elegantï¿½and otherworldlyï¿½way to prop up drinks and treats at an autumn cocktail party.
Get your very own floating table for about $280 from Grand. (Grand is run by the fabulously talented Wendy Friedman, one of The Hungry Mouse’s dear friends and partners in crime. Grand sells a fabulous assortment of modern housewares, furniture, and clothing.)
If you want one in time for Halloween, order soon. They’re imported from the UK, and take about 2 weeks to ship. Gothic Plus also sells a ton of gothic & renaissance items.
6. Edible Bats and Cats
Chocolate bats! Peanut butter cats! Packaged in a shaker-style wooden box, these critter-shaped cookies make a nice gift.
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7. Spidey Cupcake Wrappers
This is by far the coolest cupcake wrapper I’ve seen in a while. Made strictly for display (not baking), the laser-cut Spider Web Cupcake Wrapper is an extra-creepy finishing touch for any Halloween cupcake. Fits standard-size cupcakes. Get a package of 12 from Kitchen Krafts for $12.95.
9. Alien Gummy Sushi
While not strictly Halloween-y, these Invasion of the Saucer Men gummies are definitely freaky. Get yours from Nostalgic Candy for $2. They have a wide range of other ghoulish sweets as well.
10. Squid Plate with Tentacles
This handmade, 5-inch Squid Plate with Tentacles is just one of several fantastically monstrous clay creations by artist Skeletal Dropkick. Get yours at her Etsy shop for $10.
11. Pumpkin Truffles
Not nearly as frightful as the alien sushi above, these Pumpkin Truffles from Dean & DeLuca would be an elegant accompaniment to any seasonal soiree. At 20 pieces for $36, a box isn’t cheap. That said, white chocolate pumpkin ganache dipped in dark chocolate sounds too good to pass up.
12. Scrumpy’s Hard Cider
I’m a big fan of hard ciderï¿½especially around Halloween. While Cider Jack is an old standby at this point, a lot of folks are starting to produce what I guess are artisan ciders. I’m dying to try J.K. Scrumpy’s Hard Cider.
I will admit that it’s half because I have heard good things about it (that it’s full-bodied and tastes like cider, not spikey apple juice), and half because I like saying “Scrumpy’s.” According to the good folks at Almar Orchards who make it, a “scrumpy” is a style of farmhouse cider popular in Southern England.
A 22-oz. bottle is $5.79 at Liquor Outlet Wine Cellers.
13. Spooky Bats Cinespinner
This Spooky Bats Cinespinner, designed by Boston-based Rufus Butler Seder, is near the top of my list for neat and creepy bat-inspired decor. Just string it up in front of a window and watch the bats fly as it spins.