Where to find spooky, festive treats this Halloween

Cats, bats and eyeball cupcakes

There are so many things to love about October—the changing colours of the leaves, warm, cozy meals to complement colder weather, an abundance of all things pumpkin spice—though there’s arguably nothing we’re looking forward to more than spooky season.

That’s right, Halloween is right around the corner which means a) it’s time to find your perfect costume and b) whether you’ll be trick-or-treating in it or not, it’s time to stock up on sweets. And not just any old treats—we’re taking it up a notch with themed desserts beyond chocolate bars and lollipops. (Though no hate on our end to our favourite childhood candies, they are classics for a reason.)

Here are a few spots you can find creative, Halloween-themed desserts in Victoria.

Roger’s Chocolates goes way back to 1885 in Victoria, the original owner Charles “Candy” Rogers was named one of Canada’s first chocolatiers. This is the perfect spot to try quality, craft chocolates—what’s more, they have an extensive Halloween collection out right now with treats like white chocolate ghosts and dark chocolate bats that make the perfect festive dessert.

Address: 913 Government St., Victoria

This longstanding bakery and diner is a staple in Victoria (starting their business in 1956!) for a wide range of desserts from cakes to fine chocolates. This year they’re making themed shortbread cookies in the form of cats, ghosts and jack-o-lanterns for the ultimate spooky and adorable treat.

Address: 718 Fort St., Victoria

Soft, freshly baked breads, ready-made eggplant parmesan and artisan gelatos—The Italian Bakery is an absolute gem for savoury and sweet tooths alike, specializing in northern Italian delicacies. This Halloween they’re rolling out the creepiest marzipans we’ve ever seen, in the shape of bloodshot eyeballs. Dare to take a bite?

Address: 3197 Quadra St., Victoria

Take one look at the cakes at Lighthouse Cake Company and you’ll want a piece for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specializing in picture-perfect results, you an order a custom cake that’s perfectly suited for Halloween (perhaps in the shape of a pumpkin or covered with bats?) or grab one of their Halloween cookie decorating kits.

Address: 742 Goldstream Ave., Victoria

At Purdy’s, the sky’s the limit in terms of creative chocolates. Flavours like ruby praline, apple crisp and London fog are downright irresistible, though their Halloween collection is a no-brainer for spooky season. Find assorted gift packs decked out in jack-o-lanterns, truffles that look like eyeballs and gift baskets that have it all.

Address: Hillside Shopping Centre, 1644 Hillside Ave. #53, Victoria