This year, Halloween, like literally everything else, will look a little different. While we did get the go-ahead on trick-or-treating, if it's done socially-distanced and in your local neighbourhood, it's also recommended that we stay curled up in our households, celebrating with low-key traditions and our favourite scary movies.
I'm thinking that this is all the more reason to indulge in more than the Costco-sized assorted chocolate bars (although I love a good Coffee Crisp). Here are some seasonal features from across the West to satisfy those cravings.
1. Hot Chocolate with a Witchy Twist from East Van Roasters
For an at-home hot cocoa, East Van Roasters mixed stone-ground Ecuadorian chocolate with charcoal—a spooky twist for the health-conscious ghouls in your households. The brew is paired with house-made strawberry marshmallows to top. If you're feeling more snack-y, there's also candied corn nuts slathered in 70% Peruvian dark chocolate and honey nib caramels.
Price: from $9 to $20
More info: eastvanroasters.com
2. Printed Cookies from Pretty Sweet Bakeshop
Pretty Sweet has sugar cookies screen-printed with all of our favourite spooky movies and TV series. There's Tim Burton, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Hocus Pocus all in sets of six to snack on while we watch those Halloween television features.
Price: $20 for six
More info: prettysweetco.com
Photo by Nora Hamade
3. Jack-O’-Lantern Galore from Mon Paris Pâtisserie
Made with Cacao Barry chocolate, Mon Paris’ milk chocolate jack-o’-lantern lollies are filled with pumpkin spice caramel—because is it actually fall if we don't have pumpkin-spiced everything? There's also the jack-o’-lantern statue paired with a signature caramel truffle. Or indulge in all of the chocolate carvings as a full set.
Price: from $4 to $35
More info: monparis.ca
4. Specialty Cupcakes From Crave
Calgary and Edmonton
Crave's Halloween features include festive cupcakes and a speciality ghost cake that would make a ghoulish holiday centrepiece. There's also decorating kits available, so you can frost your own cupcakes to your liking with buttercream and Halloween-themed sprinkles.
Price: from $3 to $65
More info: cravecupcakes.ca
5. Trick or Treats from Beta5
Beta5's Halloween features this year include many candy bars, in flavours like peanut butter crunch, cashew, pop rocks and milk tea. There's also the monster mash cream puff pack, which seems like it would be, I don't know, a graveyard smash.
Price: from $1.75 to $35
More info: shop.beta5chocolates.com
6. Chocolate Avocados from Chez Christophe
Is anything scarier than the price we're willing to pay for avocado toast? This year, Chez Christophe's Halloween collection includes "Franc", a dark chocolate avocado-shaped Frankenstein with white chocolate eyes. Pair Franc with the chocolate cyclops showpiece, or, if you're searching for something more conventional, there's also ghost and skull-shaped chocolate lollipops.
Price: from $2.45 to $25
More info: chez-christophe.com
7. Cakesicles From 8Cakes
8Cakes special offerings for Halloween include a cake-meets-lollipop combo in a variety of flavours like pumpkin spice and strawberry. There's a couple of vegan options (biscoff and Oreo) for any plant-based tricksters in your household.
Price: from $24
More info: 8cakes.com
8. Thomas Haas Chocolates' Fall Carvings
Thomas Haas' seasonal collection includes an elaborate chocolate scarecrow placed in a mini pumpkin patch (that's also all chocolate). It looks almost too good to eat. Almost.
More info: thomashaas.com
9. Rum Balls From Pâtisserie Daniel
For the season, Pâtisserie Daniel is featuring these creepy eyeball rum balls for a spooky and boozy treat to celebrate with.
More info: patisseriedaniel.com
10. Scare and Share Chocolates from Rocky Mtn. Chocolate
Rocky Mtn. Chocolate's ample Halloween features this year include novelty chocolates (like their #NOBRAINER hollow sweets-filled chocolate pumpkin and this 7oz milk chocolate mummy—definitely spooky, but also kinda cute?). There's also classic sticky caramel apples and plenty of themed milk chocolate balls and bars, so there's lots to go around.
Price: from $6.50 to $135
More info: rockychoc.com
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11. Cookie and Macaron Madness from Milk & Cookies Bakeshop
Milk & Cookie Bakeshop is offering many spooky cookies, and a cookie-decorating kit too, for a festive stay-at-home activity for your family or chosen bubble. There's also monster meringues and pumpkin-spice and strawberry-flavoured macarons.
Price: from $8 to $42
More info: milkandcookiesbakeshop.ca
12. The Great Pumpkin from Temper Chocolate and Pastry
These Halloween offerings include milk and dark chocolate lollipops, bite-sized spooky-shaped chocolate frictures and oversized hollow chocolate pumpkins filled with mini chocolates, chocolate lollipops and caramels—they truly are great pumpkins, Charlie Brown.
Price: from $9 to $60
More info: temperpastry.com
13. Creepy Crawly Cookies from Coho Commissary
The Panel Lemon Spider Cookie, a collaboration between two Coho Commissary members (Panela Lemon and Leavenly Goods) is a maple-and-vanilla base cookie dough mixed with crunch organic brown rice crisps. The centre is stuffed with a chewy pecan-spiced filling, and on top, a little spider in organic dark chocolate drizzle with candied eyes.
More info: cohocommissary.com