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  • Our pick of the best Halloween Trick or Treat Sweets!

    One of our favourite Halloween traditions is trick or treating. It’s great to get all dressed up in fabulous Halloween costumes and head around the neighbourhood on the hunt for delicious tasty treats.

    It’s also great to see a whole host of zombies, skeletons, witches, and warlocks haunting the streets as kids get into the Halloween spirit.

    At Poundstretcher, we have everything you need to enjoy Halloween 2018 and ensure you and your family have a night you won’t forget in a hurry.

    Included in our range are a whole host of perfect trick or treat sweets and items that can be given to any terrifying visitor to your door this Halloween, or just eaten as a delicious snack yourself!

    Where does Trick or Treating come from?

    One interesting question is why do we go Trick or Treating at Halloween? You might not have thought about it before, but it’s all a little bit strange, isn’t it!?

    It goes back to the origins of Halloween itself. Though nobody seems to be 100% certain of where Halloween originates from, the dressing up as ghosts and ghouls that you see with modern Halloween might well be linked to the Gaelic festival of Samhain.

    This is when the Celts believed the world of ghosts and ghouls was at its closest, so people would dress up in terrifying outfits to ward them off.

    Fast forward to 2018 and that’s why you see children and big kids alike sporting spooky costumes. But why do they go from door to door trick or treating?

    It all seems to stem back to the Middle Ages, where children would dress up in costumes and beg for food and money in exchange for prayers or songs around Halloween. These offerings were often made on behalf of the dead, all adding to the spookiness.

    This is the beginnings of what trick or treat has come to be today, and we’re delighted that we have an excuse to celebrate Halloween in style.

    Buy Spooky Sweets and Treats from Poundstretcher

    We have a host of excellent cheap sweets and confectionary available at Poundstretcher for you, your family, and any trick or treaters that visit your home this Halloween.

    We have exceptional Party Mix Sweets Tubs, as well as chocolate pumpkins and chocolate eyeballs to get your teeth into.

    Or why not try these Halloween gummy body parts or Halloween cyclops eyeballs? They may sound gross, but they taste delicious.

    You can also buy Drumstick Squashies in a host of flavours, as well as lollipops, Parma Violets and Refresher sweets for you to get your teeth into.

    And if you and the family are heading out trick or treating, you can also buy great items in which to keep your Halloween treats this year. Take a look at our spooky holographic trick or treat bags for example, or our skeleton trick or treat bags.

    We also stock pumpkin sweet buckets that are great for collecting goodies in, as well as trick or treat bowls and witches cauldrons.

    So be sure to start planning your visit to your nearest Poundstretcher store before this Halloween and pick up some tasty treats. Use our Find a Store tool today.

  • Why do we dress up and decorate at Halloween?

    At Poundstretcher, Halloween is one of our favourite nights of the year. We love having an excuse to dress up as a scary character and kit out rooms with fabulous ghoulish items.

    But when all is said and done, it’s a bit of a strange thing, isn’t it? Why, one night every year, do we celebrate all things scary and spooky?

    Like most events that take place annually, there’s a fair bit of history and tradition that contributes to how we celebrate it today.

    So with Halloween fast approaching, we’ve taken a look at what lies behind the event to give you a better idea of why your Halloween decorations and Halloween costumes are as they are.

    Halloween’s Roots

    You may know that there’s a religious element to Halloween. In most Christian Churches, the 1st of November is All Saint’s Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day. So the 31st of October is All Hallows’ Eve or Evening, which over time has become ‘Halloween’ as we know it today.

    So that’s where the name comes from, but there’s some debate as to whether the traditions and celebrations associated with Halloween come from Pagan or Christian beginnings.

    One of the most popular theories is that many of the traditions stem from the Gaelic festival Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the transition to the darker time of year.

    This was the time of year when the Celtic people of Ireland and Scotland, in particular, believed the world of ghosts and ghouls was at its closest. So it was at Samhain that these people looked to scare away these ghosts and ghouls and keep them in their own world using all many of spooky techniques, such as lighting bonfires and wearing costumes for example.

    Interestingly, one of the reasons the pumpkin is so associated with Halloween is because Christians were encouraged to abstain from meat on All Hallows’ Day. So alternatives, such as pumpkins, were sought and thus became associated with Halloween as we know it.

    It seems that Halloween, as it’s celebrated in the modern age, takes inspiration from a number of historical traditions – all of which band together for the spooky fun we enjoy today.

    Halloween Today

    However, the traditions we today associate with Halloween came about, Halloween today is big business.

    With mass emigration from Europe to the USA in the 19th and 20th centuries, many traditions went with those people who moved across the Atlantic.

    This is why today there are huge festivals and celebrations around Halloween in the US, and the event has become a major part of popular culture both there and in the UK.

    You can get Halloween decoration ideas by taking a look through our superb selection of products. We also stock excellent Halloween partyware, as well as plenty of plenty of Halloween sweets and confectionary in our Trick and Treat range. We also host a wide selection of bargain Halloween decorations to get your homes or offices looking exactly as you wish.

    Be sure to head to your nearest Poundstretcher store before 31st October and get everything you need for Halloween 2018.

  • 5 Valentine’s Day Sweets to Try this Year

    Save the date, it's Valentine's Day in 5 days! There's not long to go at all to grab all those roses, and chocolates, and cards, and all manner of gifts for the one close to your heart.

    Being the last weekend before Valentine's, here's a quick showcase of our top gift ideas for those with a sweet tooth. After all, it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a bit of sweetness to it, right?

     

    CADBURY MILK TRAY - £1

    Starting off with a classic, this much-loved chocolate selection has been around since 1915 and is still going strong today! Definitely a national favourite, Cadbury Milk Tray is the perfect gift or sweet treat to go with a nice movie and a cuddle on the sofa.

    Housing a great selection of delicious Cadbury milk chocolates, you can always count on Cadbury for quality milky taste sensations.

     

    THORNTONS CLASSIC COLLECTION - £2.99

    Why not gift someone a box of delicious indulgence this Valentine's Day with this wonderful Thorntons Classic Collection? Coming from Thorntons, the same company that has been providing the nation with delightful chocolates since 1911, this is a box of mouth-watering, tasty goodness is absolutely perfect.

    Lovingly created to include milk, dark, and white chocolates, this is truly one for any chocolate-lover!

     

    THORNTONS CHOCOLATE CONTINENTAL COLLECTION - £2.99

    With the inclusion of divine truffles and delectable pralines, why not check out this lovely collection of the nation's favourite Thorntons chocolates? The Continental Collection is a great way to show your love to that special someone close to your heart.

    Take a trip through chocolate and experience Alpine praline, Vienesse truffles, Seville caramel, and other delightful wonders that all await in this fantastic journey through taste.

     

    MALTESERS CHOCOLATE BOX - £1

    Another classic; Maltesers are surely the go-to chocolate for gifts of all sorts. So why would Valentine's Day be any different? With a sealable box, this great, delicious, and oh-so-creamy little treat is well-loved, and for good reason.

    Made using Fairtrade chocolate, the unmistakable crunchiness won't disturb you as you relax whilst watching Netflix, all huddled together.  It's great for sharing between lovers (but then again, maybe not?!).

     

    LOVE HEARTS GIFT TUBE - £1

    Though, it's not all about chocolate! Sometimes you need something as deliciously sweet as Swizzels Love Hearts and is a great gift for those who might not want any chocolate this year on Valentine's Day.

    Sometimes words printed on delightfully classic sweets can mean a lot more than anything spoken. So, this gift tube of Love Hearts can become a quirky and adorable present for one close to your heart.

    So, why not go with the traditional gift of chocolate this year? Surely this quick list of wonderful sweet treats has given you something to think about? If you need more ideas for gifts and chocolates, then why not check out our Facebook and Twitter for more great Valentine's Day deals and products!

    Also, be sure to visit our Find-a-Store to see where your nearest Poundstretcher is for all your Valentine's Day needs!

  • Trick or Treat? Get all the Halloween Sweets You Need from Poundstretcher

    Trick or treat! That's right, it's that time of the year once again; Halloween is almost upon us!

    What better way to celebrate this horrifying season than with mouth-watering Halloween sweets?! Whether you wish to hand them out to trick-or-treaters or use them during spooky-scary Halloween parties, Poundstretcher have you covered with a selection of deliciously terrifying Halloween sweets!

    Halloween, formerly known as All Hallows Eve, has been thought to have its beginnings in pagan festivals held around the end of October here in the UK. People originally believed that the spirits of the dead wandered amongst the living. To avoid any nasty confrontations, they dressed in costumes whenever they had t go outside.

    Trick-or-treating arose from these beliefs. The tradition of going from house-to-house 'trick-or-treating' in the UK goes as far back as the 16th century. Throughout the years these customs were outlawed, changed, and developed into the celebrations we see today.

    So, if you're seeking for more treats than tricks this year, why not celebrate this  Halloween in 2017 with Poundstretcher? Our range of affordable and fantastic Halloween sweets will surely be a pleasant shock.

    M-M-M-Murder Motel!

    Want a great mix of spooky Halloween sweets that are themed accordingly and absolutely amazing to sink your fangs into? Well then, our Murder Motel range is just what you're looking for!

    From cyclops eyeballs and gummy body parts to shrunken skull lollipops, you'll find a spine-chilling array of terrifying and gory delights that any little (or big) monster will love to snack on. Or maybe you prefer some brain food instead? Have a mind-tingling sensation with these brain rot sherbet bottles. They're all perfect for Halloween parties and are all just £1 each!

     

     

    Spooky Scary Swizzels

    Maybe you don't want to be feasting on body parts and eyeballs? Maybe you'd rather have a Halloween that's full of Swizzels sweets instead?!

    We have a wide array from Squashies to traditional drumsticks, but why settle for the same old stuff? It's Halloween, try something themed for the occasion! Like this Swizzels Trick Or Treat Lolly Mix, or how about some Squashies with their special orange & blackcurrant flavours?

    Fancy something in higher quantity? We have you covered with these Swizzels Monster Treats of pure hair-raising delight!

     

    Gooey And Oh-So Sweet Marshmallow Cakes

    Maybe you don't want confectionery? Perhaps you'd rather have some delicious chocolate on Halloween instead? Well, if that's what you're after you can have that and so much more with these products from Mammoet Cakes!

    If you're in the mood for a chocolate coating that covers a soft centre of marshmallow filling, then why not give these Marshmallow Chocnight Cakes a try? Or better yet, try these that have been sprinkled with coconut!

     

    Chocolate in Nets!

    Or if you'd rather keep it on the small-scale, then these chocolate pumpkin balls (or eyeballs if you feel gruesome) are perfect as party favours or for giving out to trick-or-treaters.

    Want to find where your nearest Poundstretcher is so you can plan your horrifyingly great Halloween? For all your goodies (be they decorations, costumes, or sweets) then head on over to our Store Finder. You'll be able to find store locations, opening hours, and Google Map directions!

    Happy Halloween! Poundstretcher

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