Halloween is drawing near, and you know what that means: treats! Parties! Goofy costumes! Jack-o-lanterns! What’s not to love? If you’re as psyched as we are about the holiday, and you’re either throwing a party, going to one, or just looking to kick your Halloween game up a notch, here are 5 luxurious Halloween treats that would be perfect ways to indulge this year. Whether it’s a host or hostess gift, a party favor or an indulgent sweet for yourself, here’s what the luxury class will have in its treat bags this All Hallows Eve — and your inner Charlie Bucket would surely consider any one of these a golden ticket:
1. L.A. Burdick chocolates. The whimsical white chocolate ghosts from this New England-based chocolatier are a classic refined Halloween treat — this year is the 17th birthday of the adorable little treats, and to mark the occasion they’re being offered in a new flavor: pumpkin spice cider dark chocolate ganache. You can buy them as individual party favors for $3.75 each, or spring for a box of five for $18. But there are many other options, too: Halloween chocolate mice, chocolate bats, chocolate-covered marzipan pumpkins, and limited-edition bonbon flavors including mulled wine gingerbread , pecan bourbon, honey walnut, and licorice carmel. The Halloween “crate” is $68 and the “coffin” is $32. If you love chocolate (and we do), you’ll consider that to be a steal. And you may never feel quite the same way about a Hershey’s kiss again. Halloween shipping began yesterday, and will continue until the big day. Burdickchocolate.com
2. Jacques Torres. The French master chocolatier pulls out all the stops for every holiday, and Halloween is no exception. You’ll find handmade artisanal chocolate with a topping of dark humor: limited-edition bonbons come in “Bloody Boo” (blood orange and dark chocolate); “Bite Me” (pumpkin spice and white chocolate); and “Monster Mash” (apples and maple syrup in milk chocolate). The 25-piece “choice” edition is $39. There are also chocolate “Jacques-o-lanterns,” ghost and pumpkin marshmallow “peeps,” chocolate black cats, and Wicked Hot Chocolate. mrchocolate.com.
3. LA Maison du Chocolat. This French company specializes in chocolate truffles, but also offers cookies and other sweets. Their Halloween box of 3 dark chocolate pralines, watched over by a chocolate owl, is $24. If you want to keep the color palette of black and orange going, opt for the “Orangettes Box,” which has 90 pieces of of candied orange peels covered in dark chocolate. Lamaisonduchocolat.us.
4. Sugarfina. Not in the mood for chocolate? If you’re more of gummy candy type, Sugarfina is your luxury candy nirvana. For Halloween, the brand is having great fun: they’re offering a “Spooky Sweets” 3-piece “coffin candy bento box” that you can fill with any three of your favorite seasonal flavors. Options include red “Zombiie Brains,” pink “Sugar Skulls,” and orange “Pumpkin Patch” gummies; pumpkin pie and Fuji apple caramels; and other seasonal items like apple pie gummies and s’mores. You can also order a set of “spooky icons” tattoos designed by Meri Meri — there are skulls, witches’ hats, skeletons, cobwebs, bats and more. Come the morning, you can just peel them off. For those who love to entertain and don’t have much time to prepare, the $295 “Halloween Party Kit” has all the candy and party favors you’ll need for 100 guests. But you’ll have to make the witches’ brew yourself. Sugarfina.com.
5. Georgetown Cupckaes. If you’re not a candy type at all, you can still join in the fun. The teenagers in our lives rave about DC-based Georgetown cupcakes, which can be ordered and shipped overnight anywhere in the US. For Halloween , you can order the “Trick or Treat Dozen,” which has 12 cupcakes with Halloween-inspired flavors and decorations, including a vanilla bat, a pumpkin spice haunted house, a chocolate ghost, a pumpkin cheesecake-flavored black cat, a salted caramel jack-o-lantern, and a peanut butter fudge witch. If your tastes run more to the macabre, the “Haunted Dozen” is a cupcake assortment in black and white; the “Happy Halloween Dozen” is as cheerful as it sounds; you could creep your visitors out with “Spider and Webs” or “Bats and Ghosts.” So many choices, so little time. We find it kind of terrifying how much we want one of each of these! Georgetowncupcake.com.
There you have it: five easy ways to bring the height of luxury into your home for Halloween, all available now. We’re calling dibs on whatever’s left in the morning. Happy haunting.