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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Sweet but spooky retro treats


Did you know that Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday next to Christmas? In the United States, Halloween candy sales average around two billion dollars annually.

I stumbled upon this old style American candy store on a recent visit to the States. Full to the brim with old fashioned varieties of sweets – plus retro memorabilia that included images of dead movie stars and celebrities like John Wayne, Elvis Presley and Ronald Reagan.











Never mind the ghoulish apparitions and skulls on display, I got a distinctly weird feeling about this store. The staff were very curious - and there was something decidedly eerie about the place. I started to imagine all sorts of horror film scenes, like candy store displays coming to life in a sort of Mexican Day of the Dead style procession.






















And I was reminded of the Mexican style curiosities (called Die-a-ramas) by Blue at ShopCurious. There’s one curiosity box in particular - featuring a skull and the word ‘Muerte’ (death) - that’s made from a vintage sweet tin, decorated with found objects and macabre ephemera. If you’re looking for unusual gifts for Halloween, this is curiously creepy.











Go on, have a sweetie…

Will you?

7 comments:

Susan said...

OMG... I have to stay away from shops like that XD
xoxo

abril en paris said...

What so sweet entry...!!
xx

Jan said...

Freaky shop! but I'd be prepared to brave it for the sweets.

Ivania santos By DIAMOND said...

Very nice!!

janettaylor said...

WOW! Gorgeous!

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♥The Sweet Life♥ (Alessandra) said...

Wow! Very interesting shop.

retro Sweets said...

Absolutely ,it will be a healthier option for Retro lovers! great blog with healthy information and delicious picture!