Category Archives: CountdownToHalloween

It’s November 1st and Halloween 2013 Gives Way to the Next Holiday!

Yesterday we celebrated Halloween 2013 and today it becomes yet another day from our past, relegated to what one hopes is fond memory.  Here on this site, we celebrated the lead-up to the spooky holiday all month long by looking … Continue reading

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Hershey’s Humorous Halloween Tombstone Wrappers and more Hershey Halloween Fun!

Happy Halloween everyone! Yep, it’s October 31st and the finale of our second annual participation in the Countdown to Halloween.  It’s been quite a fun month, where we posted 27 new entries dedicated to Halloween candy packaging and marketing.  [Note: … Continue reading

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New for 2013: Starburst Candy Corn and Brach’s New Look! Plus a Big Dose of Candy Corn History!

October 30th is National Candy Corn Day — well, at least that’s what Alton Brown told me when I saw him on the Food Network last week.  Alton’s alert prompted me to do a little Google search to read up … Continue reading

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A Glimpse into Halloween Candy Retail of 1953!

During last year’s CountdownToHalloween I posted a series of images of Halloween retail store displays from 1969.  I didn’t expect that post to generate as much positive buzz as it did, but that response reinforced to me just how unusual … Continue reading

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New for 2013: Hubba Bubba Bubblegum Halloween Boxes and More!

New for Halloween this year, Wrigley has released a cool trick-or-treat-friendly big bag of little boxes of Hubba Bubba bubble gum.  So today we’re going to take a look at that as well as a few fun earlier Hubba Bubba … Continue reading

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Stark’s Bone-Chilling Halloween Treats from 1985!

Today we’re going back to the 1980’s and taking a look at the contents of a Halloween candy trade ad from the Howard B. Stark company.  We’ll also be catching a glimpse of some seriously spooky decades-old unopened Stark candy!

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New for 2013: Nestle-Japan’s Pumpkin Pudding Halloween Kit Kats!

For today’s “New for 2013″ post, we’re jumping to the other side of the globe to check out Nestle-Japan’s limited edition Kit Kat flavor for the 2013 Halloween season:  Pumpkin Pudding!

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Vintage Halloween Candy Newspaper Ad Circulars from the 80’s and 90’s!

It might be surprising to learn that, outside of the packaging itself, one of the best places to learn about historical confectionery products and marketing is through the promotional circulars published in weekend newspapers.  Today, I’m going to take a … Continue reading

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New for 2013: Necco’s Red Hot Cinnamon Batwing Wafers!

The last couple years I’ve been impressed with Necco’s seasonal offerings.  For a company that’s been around over a century, they’re finding ways to bring cool contemporary products to market .  In 2012 they blew me away with their Skybar … Continue reading

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From 1972: Topps’ 250-Piece Bubble Gum Haunted House “Door-Knobber” Halloween Package!

While coming up with a vintage Halloween candy item to cover today, I recalled a fun piece of Topps bubble gum packaging that I picked up recently known as a “door-knobber”.  In the process of researching the origins of that … Continue reading

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