Halloween Hunting at Target!

As a candy collector, Halloween stands head-and-shoulders above all others, because so much of it is about candy.  Not only that, most companies release special Halloween-themed packaging for their products that tend to be pretty cool.  In short, Halloween is an exciting time for collecting candy.

I plan to devote the entire month of October posts to the topic of collecting Halloween candy, and to Halloween.  Not sure if I can pull it off, but that’s the goal.  Today will be a bit of a preview of that Halloween-dedicated goodness.

Now that the back-to-school sections are being dismantled, it’s already time for Halloween product to start getting stocked.  Today, I’d like to cover my first Halloween candy hunting outing of 2012 – at Target.

I’ve found that Target is one of the better spots to track down a superior variety of the special Halloween stuff.   Oftentimes, they’ll stock specialty Halloween items that you can’t find anywhere else.  It might sound a bit ridiculous, but much of this great stuff is already sold-out by mid-October.  So if you’re a collector, you have to get into the stores early before it can all disappear.

Back in 2008, my girlfriend and I went a bit Target-Halloween crazy, and picked up all of this wild stuff:

Target Halloween Haul from 2008

I’d read online that Targets were scheduled to begin stocking their Halloween goodies this week, so on Sunday I made the trip.

While there was still quite a bit of space dedicated to leftover back-to-school materials, several Halloween product isles had been built-up (and actually already picked through.)  [Apologies for a few of the blurry photos - I was taking snapshots with my phone and should have been more vigilant - it was a bit of a madhouse.]

Here’s what I saw:

2012 Target Halloween First Hunting Expedition – Pic 1

2012 Target Halloween First Hunting Expedition – Pic 2

2012 Target Halloween First Hunting Expedition – Pic 3

2012 Target Halloween First Hunting Expedition – Pic 4

2012 Target Halloween First Hunting Expedition – Pic 5

2012 Target Halloween First Hunting Expedition – Pic 6

2012 Target Halloween First Hunting Expedition – Pic 7

2012 Target Halloween First Hunting Expedition – Pic 8

Last, but not least – I found that Nabisco’s Oreo Halloween edition packaging, after remaining the same the last few years, has received a fun redesign.  Here it is:

2012 Target Halloween First Hunting Expedition – Halloween Oreos

And that’s all of the pics I have to share.  I was hoping to find the new candy corn Oreo cookies, as well as some of the other new Halloween offerings, but I suspect I’m going to have to make a second trip back soon.

And that’s all for today’s post.  See you next time!

About Jason Liebig

A New York City based writer, editor and sometimes actor. After spending much of the 1990′s in the comic book business helping tell the stories of Marvel Comics’ X-Men as series editor, he has since split his time between developing his own entertainment properties while still consulting and working on others. Having been described as “the Indiana Jones of lost and forgotten candy”, Jason is one of the country’s premier candy collectors and historians with his discoveries appearing in countless blogs, magazines, newspaper articles, and books. Always happy to share his knowledge and unique perspectives on this colorful part of our popular culture, Jason has consulted with New York’s Museum of Food and Drink and has also been a featured guest on Food Network’s Heavyweights, France’s M6 Capital, and New York’s TheActionRoom.com. My Google Profile+
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6 Responses to Halloween Hunting at Target!

  1. I’ve hit all 3 Targets in my vicinity and so far none of them are 100% stocked for Halloween yet…but they’re getting there!

    If you’re planning on posting all thru October, check out countdowntohalloween.com and join the rest of the Halloween obsessed as we also post throughout the month. And it’s a great way to get some new visitors to your site.

  2. Andrew says:

    Nestle in Canada has renamed some of their treats for Halloween: Smarties become “Scaries”, available only in orange and black; Aero is now “scAero” (stylized as such, though no deviation from flavour exists); Coffee Crisp is now, appropriately, “Coffin Crisp”, and the KitKat packaging features a black cat on the wrapper.

    • jasonliebig says:

      Andrew, yes those are awesome! I heard about them a few weeks ago and a friend sent me the assortment. I’ll be covering them, and a whole lot more, in October. :-)

  3. Richard Provily says:

    In the dairy section of my local Ultra store here on Chicago’s south side, I found a bottle of Halloween Edition Nestle Nesquik that features the bunny wrapped up in mummy straps.
    And as if that wasn’t cool enough… he glows in the dark!

  4. Tom says:

    Man, *I* want a Coffin Crisp. I had a co-worker whose family lived in Canada and she used to bring me back cases of Coffee Crisp to me here in Missouri. I love Halloween and I love Coffee Crisps. A perfect combination!

  5. Dig Sandy says:

    Hey, I just noticed that not only is the Oreo package Halloween, but the actual cookies are designed with a witch on a broom–cool!

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