Halloween is hell on doorbells. Flocks of costumed children (and their weary chaperones) will chime for tricks or treats on All Hallows’ Eve in hopes of filling their candy sacks with the good goods. Knowing how brutally honest kids can be, they’re not afraid to call you out if you’re handing over bad loot like Smarties and raisins.
Don’t let your abode be tarnished in Halloween history—or with toilet paper and Silly String. Prepare to be the talk of the block and fill your plastic jack-o’-lantern with top-shelf candy from some of New York’s best bespoke sweet shops. P.S. For concerned parents: All of these confections are individually wrapped.
Known for: Swedish bonbons and offbeat sweets that refuse to grow up
Halloween must-buys: Milk chocolate shaped like mini Ferraris; bubblegum straight from a squeezable tube; toffee-filled lollies; and Technicolor licorice
Known for: Old-timey confections made by a lifelong candy man
Halloween must-buys: Sea salt–y taffies; nutty peanut brittle; shoestrings made of licorice; and bags of chocolate- and caramel-covered popcorn
Known for: Scandinavian sweets and smågodis (little candies)
Eugene J. Candy Co.
Known for: Edible experiments from Bushwick’s Willy Wonka
Halloween must-buys: Fickelgrubers that go bump in the night; mystifying mints inside a miniature Ouija board; creepy-crawly pops; and pumpkin-spice malt balls
Known for: Hard-to-find Japanese candies and daring bites for risk-takers
Halloween must-buys: Matcha- and cheesecake-flavored Kit Kats; mango and grape jellies; Pocky sticks in all flavors and sizes; and durian chews for adventurous sweets lovers
Known for: Timeless chocolates made from 19th-century recipes
Known for: Handcrafted chocolates straight out of Brooklyn
Known for: A taste of New York nostalgia and every gummy under the sun
Halloween must-buys: Throwbacks like Abba-Zabas and Mallo Cups; sour laces and sweet marshmallow snails imported from Germany; and fruity Italian candy drops from behind the register, as recommended by Economy’s candy merchant, Mitchell Cohen