Halloween (October 31) is quickly approaching, and soon enough the city will have witches, vampires, and superheroes (or in this year’s case, the cast from popular Netflix series Stranger Things) roaming around neighbourhoods and invite-only parties.
To mark the occasion of Jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses, and the fact that it’s been a while since it was appropriate for you to go trick-or-treating, indulge in some of Vancouver’s delicious Halloween treats.
From cute ghost cookies to monster cupcakes, and chocolate pumpkins to traditional Purdy’s sweets, you’ll realize that Halloween candies and pastries aren’t limited to kids.
Here are 11 spooky treats that will satisfy your Halloween sweet tooth.
Halloween macarons from Bel Café (801 West Georgia Street)
No scary décor or grandiose designs on these French sweets, just simple Halloween-hued macarons that are perfect for those who are attending or throwing a classy bash. Its gift box comes with nine macarons that feature two flavours: passionfruit (orange) and cookies-and-cream (black and white).
Witch cookies from Butter Baked Goods (4907 MacKenzie Street)
With its pointed hat, orange hair, pale green skin, black cloak, and striped socks, we could almost say that the cookie is a work of art that should be admired instead of eaten. Almost. This bewitching treat has a counterpart—a cute ghost cookie that also wears socks.
Spooky sugar ghost cookies from Cadeaux Bakery (172 Powell Street)
What’s a Halloween party without a tray of Halloween-themed cookies? Specifically, ghost cookies that look like it came straight from the set of the “Scream” movies. The bakery also offers the treat in spider-web and mummy designs.
Halloween chocolate sculptures from Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie (4717 Hastings Street, Burnaby)
Carving pumpkins may be your annual tradition, but so should eating chocolate pumpkins from Chez Christophe’s. Its Halloween showpiece sculptures include smiling pumpkins and eerie scarecrows—bound to cause a stir at your costume party. Made from Swiss chocolate Carma and airbrushed with cocoa butter, it’s an easy pick over the basic Halloween chocolates that you see everywhere.
Mummy and monster cupcakes from Cupcakes (various locations)
It’s true that you can save a bit of money and bake festive goodies at home, but do you really have time for that? For those who need last-minute cupcakes that are moist and baked-to-perfection, check out the collection at Cupcakes by Heather and Lori. The treats come in the form of mummies, monsters, vampires, and more. Icing and cake flavours range from chocolate to vanilla to coconut, just to name a few.
Halloween butter cookies from East Village Bakery (2166 East Hastings Street)
East Van’s go-to bakery is known for its gluten-free and vegan treats, but for those who don’t have any dietary restrictions—indulge in these babies. Its Day of the Dead-themed butter cookies are one-of-a-kind, and its ghost and pumpkin designs are just as tasty.
Boo Buns from Giovane Café (1038 Canada Place)
What do you get when you put sugar buns and ghosts together? Boo-buns. These adorable treats with a sugary coating will fit in perfectly with your Jack-o-lanterns, faux-spiders, and skeleton décor at home. Find them at Giovane Café located inside the Fairmont Pacific Rim, but be sure to grab some earlier in the day as limited quantities are made. The boo-buns also comes in a smaller size (mini-boos), which can only be pre-ordered.
Coffin chocolate boxes from Purdy’s Chocolatier (various locations)
It’s tradition to gift a box of chocolates from Vancouver’s most well-known chocolate shop on special occasions, including Halloween. Besides the foil-covered eyeballs that are often given to trick-or-treaters, check out its Grave coffin chocolate box. Confectionary-lovers will enjoy the brand’s slightly more upscale chocolates, including hedgehogs and Himalayan pink salt caramels.
Scary caramel-dipped apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (various locations)
Caramel-dipped apples don’t have to be limited to carnivals or amusement parks—it’s always fun to eat fruit paired with a bit of junk food. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory offers Halloween-themed apples at all of its locations, featuring characters such as witches, mummies, and Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas).
Chocolate Jack-o-lanterns from Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie (2539 West Broadway and 128-998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver)
Forget giving these sugary delights to the kids, save one for yourself. The handmade chocolate Jack-o-lanterns at Thomas Haas can serve as both décor and decadent treat. Filled with one-of-a-kind chocolates, you’ll wish you ordered more than one.
Skeleton and finger sugar cookies from Uprising Breads Bakery (1697 Venables Street)
Creepy looking skeletons and witchy green fingers with unsettling fingernails…just your average batch of Halloween sugar cookies from Uprising Breads Bakery. If the kids aren’t digging the slightly morbid cookie shapes, go for the classic white ghost or orange pumpkin ones.