Many Halloween treats are dull, and traditionally I’ve tried to Give a Kid a Weirder Halloween.
My favorite source for off-center Halloween treats is Dulcelandia, a Hispanic sweets store that has locations all over Chicagoland (there’s one in Melrose Park).
At Dulcelandia, there are many sweets that have a hot pepper component, and I avoid those because I’m afraid that it might be too much of a shock for Trick or Treaters. I do find that the kids are amused and interested by tamarind candy (it’s squishy), tiny little candy chickens (they don’t taste like chicken but they’re very odd), gummy brains and many other treats from this store that just look different and strange and are thus appropriate for this holiday.
For this coming Halloween, instead of the predictable Snickers and Milk Duds (which, honestly, have been in Trick or Treat bags since I was a kid!), consider offering something a little more surprising from a place like Dulcelandia. Kids seem to respond well to these treats – and many adults do, too.