There’s no reason to wax nostalgic over candy-crammed pillowcases on Halloween night. Local confectioners have figured out that being a grown-up only means buying better loot.
Where to knock: Boule
420 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
Party trick: Dig your own graveyard with Boule’s bag of “dirt” (crushed chocolate cookies, $8/lb.), cocoa-dusted “femuringues” (bone-shaped meringue candies, $5 for five), and haunted lemon ghostmellows ($2.50).
Personal treat: Le Cordon Bleu grad Michelle Myers has perfected Brach’s original with jumbo-sized, handmade candy corn that melts in your mouth ($16/lb.). For a gourmet gross-out, slurp on the slithery blood orange and lime pate de fruit worms ($8/doz.) or chocolate eyeball lollipops ($2).
Where to knock: Leonidas
201 N. Larchmont Blvd., Larchmont
Party trick: Carved from the shop’s signature Belgian chocolate, Leonidas’ jack-o’-lanterns are stuffed with orange and black jelly beans, candy corn and sour pumpkins ($26).
Personal treat: Crispy Crunchies, Rice Krispie treats smothered in dark, milk or white chocolate, come dressed up as Frankenstein or friendly ghosts ($3).
Where to knock: Candy Alley
13020 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Party trick: Gingerbread architect Joan Fernbacher custom designs all of her entirely edible haunted houses, decorating each with your choice of candy bats, brains, witches and worms (starting at $200).
Personal treat: Candy Alley’s candy apples are generously swirled in caramel ($3.50) and pair well with hot apple cider.
Where to knock: Comparte’s
912 S. Barrington Ave., Brentwood
Party trick: Milk or dark chocolate cauldrons ($7.95)
Personal treat: Celebs like Nicole Kidman and Dustin Hoffman get fancy-chocolate fixes from ginger, rose petal and umeboshi plum truffles, but Comparte’s keeps Halloween lollipops sweet and simple: milk and white chocolate cats, coffins, ghosts and skulls ($1.25).
Where to knock: Susina Bakery & Café
7122 Beverly Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
Party trick: Gift guests with Susina’s hand-stitched felt trick-or-treat bags, each filled with two ribbon-tied packages of caramel creams, licorice, candy corn or jelly beans ($22).
Personal treat: Frankenstein, ghost, bat and black-cat sugar cookies, freshly baked and hand-painted ($4.50).