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Halloween Must-Haves: Candy, Cookies, and More Items to Buy for a Spooky Celebration

Whether you're stepping out or staying in for the night, you're sure to find something useful on our list of Halloween essentials.

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Nothing says Halloween like candy, costumes, and creepy movies. This year’s celebrations will look a lot different than they did last year now that many Covid restrictions have been lifted, and people are more comfortable going out or hosting a Halloween party. Whatever your plans are this year, we put together a list of Halloween must-haves that you can give as gifts or buy for yourself.

From candy concoctions to glow-in-the-dark flowers, see below for our sweet list of necessities that will make your Halloween more enjoyable. For additional necessities, read our roundup of Halloween decorations, last-minute costumes, zombie movies to stream, spooky board games, and frighteningly delicious cookbooks.


M&M’s, Snickers, Twix and More Halloween Variety Pack

It’s not officially Halloween without candy. Whether you’ll be passing out candy this year or not, this 250-piece bag has enough chocolate for the whole neighborhood. The bag comes with a bunch of M&Ms, Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, and more tasty chocolates. Share it individually or wrap them up in Halloween goodie bags to pass out to trick or treaters. You can purchase this Target variety pack online and pick it up within a couple of hours. For those who prefer more expensive chocolates, you can always go for a Halloween box from See’s Candies or Godiva chocolates.

Glow in the Dark Roses

Glow in the Dark Roses are a great way to set the spooky mood, and they make an excellent Halloween gift. A special veil gives this bouquet of Mondial roses for a unique look that’s sure to get glowing reviews. You have the option of choosing between a clear vase, purple vase, or no vase at all. The bouquet comes with candy corn wrapped in a decorative cellophane bag featuring a “trick or treat” sticker with coordinating ghost design.

“Your Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark” by Cassandra Peterson

Elvira is known for her hair-raising looks, but “Yours Cruelly” offers up a candid look into the life of the actress behind this iconic character. This New York Times best-selling memoir will take you on a wild ride through captivating stories, and bombshells about Peterson’s life from Midwestern family girl to Halloween icon. This is a great idea for book lovers staying home for Halloween.

Sanfiago Halloween Pumpkin Slippers

Here’s a way subtle way to look festive for Halloween without wearing a costume. These comfy slippers feature a bright orange, jack-o-lantern design and memory foam insoles for indoor and outdoor use. These affordable slippers wouldn’t be complete without a pair of Halloween pajamas.

Mrs. Fields Spooky Halloween Crate

Looking for a spooky treat to share? This Mrs. Fields Halloween crate includes eight original cookies, 18 Nibblers (bite-sized cookies), and 2.5 oz. of Halloween bark. October is national cookie month as well, so this would make a nice gift item to buy for the cookie lover in your life. If you’d rather have donuts, Crispy Kreme is serving up a spooky collection of Halloween donuts that you can have delivered in minutes via Door Dash, Postmates, and other services.

Sweet Choice Halloween Trick or Treat Gift Bag

Perfect for party bowls and piñatas, this assorted mix of treats is filled with snacks, candy, and toys to make for the perfect gift for kids inside or outside of your home. You can also purchase this gift bag to send to friends, co-workers, neighbors, or a college student away from home (it’ll arrive in two days with Amazon’s fast shipping for Prime members). The set contains an epic variety of Halloween-themed candy including Now and Later candies, Lemonhead candies, and SweeTarts.

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