Halloween: No tricks, just treats!

Published 4:19 am Wednesday, October 30, 2019

As Halloween approaches, many restaurants, bars and candy stores around town have come up with devilish drinks and sweets to serve their guests.

If your sweet tooth just cannot wait until Halloween night, stop by Forbes Candy & Gift Shop in Nags Head for their pumpkin pie salt water taffies. The orange and black swirled sweets can be found inside a black cauldron at the front on the store. They offer just the right amount of pumpkin flavor and simple sweetness to satisfy that haunting craving.

For more a little more sweetness, the Forbes candy counter offers pumpkin fudge with pecan. A decadent mix between nuttiness and chocolate, the fudge is frighteningly good for the fall season.

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There is another candy shop carrying a fudge perfect for spooky season. Laughing Lollipop Soda and Candy Shoppe in downtown Manteo brought in fudge from a company in Pittsburg, Pa. Chocolate Moonshine Co. makes Belgian-inspired hand-crafted chocolates. Their “fresh pumpkin” fudge is rich, creamy and scary good. Laughing Lollipop also has handmade bat and ghost chocolate pops, along with gruesome candy pebbles in flavors like “Blood Clots” and “Zombie Boogers.”

The goodies do not stop there. For a disguised drink, try out Bonzer Shack’s “Vampire’s Blood” or “Swamp Thing.” (Hint: It’s colored soda!). Bonzer Shack added an adult drink to their menu this year too: “Booshine” is the perfect Halloween sip.

Another place serving up some creepy cocktails is Sandtrap Tavern in Kill Devil Hills. Try their “Figgy Fall Old Fashioned,” complete with bourbon, simple fig puree, bitters, orange and cherry. For something a little more ominous, the “Lemon Smash Martini” is mixed with lemon vodka and Di Amore Amaretto.

These places, along with many others around the Outer Banks invite you to eat, drink and be scary this Halloween. Happy Haunting!

Halloween quick facts

Here’s some things you may not have known about Halloween around the United States, according to CandyStore.com:

  1. 172 million Americans celebrate Halloween.
  2. Nearly ¼ of all Halloween purchases are made online.
  3. Among those who celebrate Halloween, 95% will purchase candy.
  4. They will spend about $25 on average.
  5. Most Halloween shopping is done the first two weeks of October.
  6. Over 50% of parents stash some Halloween candy to enjoy later in the year.

America’s Top 10 Halloween Candy

According to CandyStore.com, America’s favorite candy for 2019 Halloween season are ranked as follows:

  1. Skittles
  2. Reese’s Cups
  3. M&M’s
  4. Snickers
  5. Starburst
  6. Candy Corn
  7. Hot Tamales
  8. Tootsie Pops
  9. Sour Patch Kids
  10. Hershey’s