Treat 'Em Right

Think outside the plastic pumpkin with these sweet and spooky Halloween goodies

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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31: A pumpkin is seem out front a home as children trick or treat though streets on Halloween Day on October 31, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Halloween, also known as Hallowe'en and shortened from its original form of All Hallows' Even, is internationally celebrated on October 31 and originates from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was a celebration recognising the end of the harvest in Gaelic culture. (Photo by Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images)

    TREATS BY MAIL:  If your favorite former trick-or-treaters are away from home or off at school, you can still send ‘em a sweet Halloween surprise from 1-800-Flowers.com.  We love The Popcorn Factory Boo Halloween Fun Pail ($19.99) as a share-able care package, and Spooky Delicious Decorated Apples ($29.99) will delight the chocolate-lover on your list.  Shop online for a full selection of Halloween-themed gifts, floral arrangements and edible goodies, ready to go with a click of your mouse.

    THROWBACK TREATS:  Long before fun-sized Snickers and gummy worms, there were classic candies like Sifers Valomilk, Chase Cherry Mash and Necco Sky Bars.  Whether you pass these old-school treats out to the kids or to lucky co-workers as an afternoon pick-me-up, they’re sure to satisfy any nostalgic sweet tooth.  Find classic candy brands around town at Cracker Barrel, Elliott’s Hardware and Highland Park Pharmacy (3229 Knox St., Dallas).  And pick us up a bag of Cherry Sours while you’re at it, okay?

    TREAT YOURSELF:  On the big night, gather a group of friends and a hot pot of cider and settle in with everyone’s favorite serial killer with a heart of gold, DexterMichael C. Hall is sweet and sly as the title character in this uber-popular Showtime series, and you can catch up with all three seasons now on DVD.  Find ‘em online at Amazon, along with all the books by Jeff Lindsay that inspired the show.