I mentioned that I was taking Skylar Halloween costume shopping Wednesday evening and we had success!

Skylar smiling in sleeping beauty princess dressAs I said, she has been a pink princess every year of her life (her choice) and this year is no exception.

The seasonal Halloween shop that I’ve bought costumes from in previous years was not in business this year and I didn’t know that.  Until we got to the dark parking lot.  Whoops.

A moment of panic hit me as Princess in the backseat was panicking and saying, “But mom, now what are we going to do?  I have to have my princess costume!”

So I did what any other mother would do when she saw Target across the street.  I pulled in knowing they’d have some sort of princess attire.

And lucky for us, they had plenty of costumes, but surprisingly, things were getting pretty picked over.   We got the last Princess costume they had in her size.  Whew.

Shelves of target princess costumes

We were able to get Princess accessories: a wand and a pink cloth reusable (grocery) bag from the $1 bins that will make a great candy collection bag and a toy holder/organizer when we’re done collecting candy with it

Princess gloves and wand rackWe are still on the hunt for pink “high heels”.  They had clear ones (see photo above near the bottom) but they weren’t striking Skylar’s fancy.

Her grandma once gave her a pair of Barbie pink “high heels” (slip in sandals with a wedge heel) and she played dress up with those heels until she outgrew them and I’ve been on the hunt for replacements ever since.  About two years now.

But we got the costume handled and she’s thrilled with it!

Skylar smiling in sleeping beauty princess dress

And holy moly does Target have Halloween candy.  You need a trip to the dentist after just walking the aisles.

Target halloween candy with pumpkin bucketsRow and rows, aisles and aisles of it.

I love seasonal candy, though.  I mentioned I found caramel Tootsie Pops So good.

And I also spotted these.  I am a big white chocolate fan and I bet White Chocolate KitKats would be so good.

Milk and White Chocolate KitKats with Halloween orange kit katsI love KitKats, but I didn’t buy them because honestly, I want a couple.   We don’t need 56.

And then I spotted this bag.  I don’t think kids would necessarily appreciate these varieties but maybe they would.

Bite sized Almond Joy Pieces?  Where have you been all my life?  I wanted to snatch this bag right up!

Reese's cups, pieces, Almond Joy minis and pieces

And I wanted to buy this bag, too.  Love Rolos, KitKats, Almond Joy, and…Heath Bars

Snack sized Rolos, KitKats, Almond Joy, and Heath BarsWhen I was a kid, I loved Heath bars but lots of other kids didn’t seem to like them as much.  I would trade you a 3 Muskateers for a Heath Bar any day.

Heath Bars are like Skor bars for those who don’t have Heath Bars in your neck of the world; maybe you have Skor bars.

And I loved Heath Bar Blizzards

Heath Bar Blizzards in blue cup

I tried to pay homage to my Heath Bar loving ways recently with these No Bake Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites made with Heath Bar bits.

Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites on white plate


1. Do you have any candy favorite that only come around once a year or are seasonal offerings?

Easter type marshmallow Peeps anyone

Or minty M & M’s over Christmas

Halloween themed lollipops

So much candy out there and it seems they are always thinking of something new.

2. How much candy do you buy for Halloween?  What kind do you buy?

I typically buy a few bags, maybe about 50-100 pieces but because we’re gone on Halloween night and out walking the neighborhood (or mall-sponsored trick or treating) we aren’t home to pass out candy anyway.  Plus, we accumulate plenty from Skylar’s trick-or-treating activities and I don’t necessarily need to have 100+ pieces of leftover candy hanging out.  Who does!

I don’t buy “healthy” or organic candy to pass out.  I buy things like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Skittles and Starburst and Snickers bars.  Good old fashioned sugar and chocolate.  It’s one day and for it’s about enjoying everything in moderation.

And after a few days the candy seems to lose it’s appeal with Skylar and what she doesn’t want (or I don’t want), gets donated to Scott’s lunch box or office mates.  Here was a little article on Better and Worse candy that I received in my inbox today.

Or you could always just make your own candy and skip the storebought

White & Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Filling

White & Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Filling
White & Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Filling

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