Ah, the ’80s. The era of neon, shoulder pads, cassette tapes, and some of the best TV shows ever broadcast on British screens. For those of us who were lucky enough to trick or treat during this iconic decade, memories of Halloween are intertwined with many other unique ’80s moments. Let’s take a nostalgic walk down that memory lane, with a sweet twist from Duncan’s.
1. Saturday Mornings with TV-am & Halloween Preparations
Remember waking up to watch TV-am on the telly, perhaps with Roland Rat or Wacaday with Timmy Mallett? As Halloween approached, there’d be Halloween-themed segments that had us all eager and prepared for the big night. By evening, it would be time to delve into our stash of Flying Saucers, Wham Bars, and Love Hearts.
2. The Adverts and the Sweets They Promoted
TV adverts were something else back then! Do you remember the Cadbury’s Flake adverts or the jingle for Skips crisps? And speaking of sweets, Halloween was prime time for Fizz Wiz (popping candy that startled and delighted in equal measure) and the always contested – you either loved them or hated them – Parma Violets!
3. Iconic ’80s Costumes and Sweets to Match
Your friend might’ve dressed up as He-Man or She-Ra, while you chose a Ghostbuster or Care Bear. And when you reached into the Halloween buckets, you hoped for a Marathon bar (now called Snickers) or a Toffee Crisp.
4. The Must-Have ’80s Toys and the Candy Counterpart
Rubik’s Cubes, Cabbage Patch Kids, and My Little Pony toys ruled our childhoods. But at the sweet shop? It was all about Sherbet Fountains, Dib Dabs, and those iconic White Mice chocolates.
5. Halloween Specials on the Telly
After an evening of trick or treating, we’d return home, hoping to catch a special Halloween episode of our favourite shows, perhaps “Grange Hill” or “Knightmare.” As we watched, hands would dive back into our stash for one more Black Jack or Fruit Salad chew.
6. Modern Twists on ’80s Favourites
At Duncan’s Sweet Shop, we honour the past while embracing the future. We have an incredible range of Halloween chocolates, reminiscent of those treasured ’80s favourites, as well as a diverse Pick N Mix selection that will have you feeling like a kid in a… well, sweet shop! For those seeking a spine-chilling variety, our spooky Halloween candies are to die for. And we’ve not forgotten our vegan friends – check out our exclusive Vegan Halloween Sweets.
7. Conclusion: The ’80s, Sweets, and Memories that Last a Lifetime
Halloween in the ’80s wasn’t just about one night. It was a culmination of the music, the shows, the toys, and, yes, the sweets that made the decade so memorable. While we can’t hop into a DeLorean and travel back in time, we can indulge in the sweet memories – and the candies that made them so special.
So, to our fabulous ’80s kids now in their 40s: let’s raise a glass (or a candy wrapper) to those unforgettable days! Celebrate with Duncan’s and let every bite transport you back to those luminous, lively, legendary ’80s Halloweens. 🎃🍬🍭