You know Halloween is on the horizon when the Spirit Halloween Superstores begin to bloom across the country like so many pumpkins, filled with costumes for every taste, size, age, sense of humor and outlook. They have a philanthropic initiative too: the Spirit of Children program, which supports children’s hospitals and Child Life departments across the nation. In NYC, the benefitting hospitals are Maimonides Medical Center, Children of Bellevue and St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. In Los Angeles, Spirit Halloween funds support CHOC, Shriners’ Hospitals for Children and Mattel’s Children’s Hospital. This year the goal is to raise $5.2 million, so choose your favorite costume to make life less scary for children in hospitals: http://www.spirithalloween.com.
Halloween is also all about the candy, and the better the candy, the better the treat. The candy line barkTHINS made its debut at the Fancy Food Show last year and has been in demand ever since. Thin slivers of all natural, fair trade dark or milk chocolate delicacies are paired with fruit, coconut and almonds, pretzels, blueberry quinoa, sea salt, peanuts, mint, or pumpkin sees and sea salt for a distinctive and healthy treat. They come in an array of sizes for holiday and can be found at http://www.barkthins.com — and on Facebook @facebook.com/barkTHINS.