A spooky tastebud tickling Halloween review & Competition


It’s October and that means Halloween is on it’s way. In just a few weeks the ghosts, ghouls, zombies, witches and all sorts of tiny terrifying creatures will come knocking at thousands of doors across the UK.
People need be prepared for that bang bang of the door and those 3 famous words! “Trick or Treat”

I find it essential to stock up on sweets for Halloween as I have a lot of children on my street as well as 3 of my own of course.

Swizzels -Matlow have bought out a selection of Halloween themed variety bags which are just perfect for when the ghouls come calling.
The bags all contain assorted selections of Swizzels favourites plus a few new and rarer sweets.



I was delighted to find drumstick lollies and sweets in each of these bags which is a firm favourite sweet of mine and also a very popular Swizzles classic. I also love the love hearts. As you can see there are many childhood retro favourites to be found. The ones that are new to me are the Toff-eee & Fudg-eee which are found in the Chew Crew variety bag.
Loads of lollies in these bags too and always go down well with the trick r treaters.


I found an large empty 3L plastic jar in my cupboards and emptied all the packets of sweets into it. All 5 bags seemed to fill the jar perfectly.


This is just great for Halloween night, but with 3 children and 4 weeks until the big night, I can’t see it still being full like this. Looks like I will have to go buy some more Swizzles packets.

You don’t need to venture far to find Swizzels sweet bags. All supermarkets sell them and probably a few smaller shops too. They can be found in the supermarket sweet aisles or the seasonal themed aisles which most supermarkets have. Prices vary tho usually ยฃ1-ยฃ3 per bag.

Swizzles are giving away a selection of their sweet bags to one of my blog readers.


The competition is open to UK residents and you can enter by


This competition will end October 23rd at 7PM.

Win competitions at ThePrizeFinder.com – See more at: http://www.theprizefinder.com/content/swizzles-matlow-sweets-selection#sthash.8nPPvRZV.dpuf


  1. Samantha R
    October 2, 2014 / 13:06

    Halloween was never a huge thing when I was a kid, my memorys of Halloween are with my own children, we always get dressed up and go trick or treating

  2. Karen Louise wright
    October 2, 2014 / 13:23

    Playing Halloween games like bobbing apples x

  3. traceysaysitall
    October 2, 2014 / 13:33

    Getting dressed up with my brother to go trick or treating

  4. October 2, 2014 / 13:38

    Fav memory is spraying silly string when someone said “trick” instead of treat ๐Ÿ˜€ So colourful!

  5. October 2, 2014 / 14:09

    I love Halloween! My mum always used to carve us each a turnip lantern and she would use the leftover turnip to make broth and we would have a bowl to warm us up before we went trick or treating! I now do the same for my kids – carve turnips and make soup!

  6. Natalie England
    October 2, 2014 / 14:22

    Being a kid and getting loads of yummy sweets!!!

  7. Elizabeth (Liz) Briggs
    October 2, 2014 / 14:39

    We didn’t really do Halloween when I was little – so I am making up for it now with my children and they love dressing up ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Leanne Tobin
    October 2, 2014 / 15:12

    We used to go trick or treating in the pubs and made a fortune haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. October 2, 2014 / 15:15

    i never really had halloween when we were kids, but i love seeing the kisd today all dressed up

  10. elaine dale
    October 2, 2014 / 15:18

    carving turnip lamps with aunty Doreen at grandma’s house with my cousins

  11. October 2, 2014 / 15:27

    When I was a kid and going trick or treating. I remember collecting like 3-4 bags of candy. I love Halloween!

  12. Abigail Cullen
    October 2, 2014 / 16:47

    Getting a pumpkin cutting a face out and putting a lighted candle in it at night time.

  13. olivia280177
    October 2, 2014 / 17:59

    We always had Halloween parties as my sister’s birthday is 4 days before, cool for dressing up and fun games

  14. stacy sorrell
    October 2, 2014 / 18:55

    my best memory is of going trick or teating as a child, and going to houses known for all the best sweeties, , then getting to the end of the street, swapping masks and going back along the row….. wont be letting my little one do that lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. October 2, 2014 / 19:49

    playing apple bobbin was always a favorite for me as a kid.

    • October 2, 2014 / 20:11

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      • October 2, 2014 / 21:12

        no worries i thought i had better point it out for you to save others having trouble too ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. October 2, 2014 / 19:51

    I had trouble with following @swizzlesmatlow on twitter as you have the L and the E round the wrong way on swizzels on the link to follow them on twitter hun

  17. karen cowley
    October 2, 2014 / 19:58

    Trick or treating locally , at friends houses and instead of sweets one of the moms invited us in and made us home made doughnuts , OMG they were hot and delicious , just what we needed on a cold October night x

  18. Karen Usher
    October 2, 2014 / 20:30

    My fav memory of Halloween was when I was about 10 years old, I had a Halloween bday party! I still remember the bday party being so much fun…..I was a ghost!

  19. andrea tinkler
    October 2, 2014 / 20:43

    No halloween when i was little, but love it with my kids and grandkids now. making up for lost time xx

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  21. October 3, 2014 / 00:49

    When I was a kid it was just Guy Fawkes so I don’t have any Halloween memories but I do have great memories of my kids in their costumes

  22. October 3, 2014 / 07:14

    My very first Halloween my uncle took me dressed as a pirate around my gran’s block of flats. I had 3 huge bags filled with fruit and sweets and people who hadn’t expected anyone handed over money and I ended up making ยฃ10 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I was 5/6yrs old! Everyone also thought I was a little boy ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. laura jayne bates
    October 3, 2014 / 08:56

    getting exicted about dressing up

  24. clair downham
    October 3, 2014 / 10:44

    every halloween getting dressed up and going trick or treating with my children

  25. sarah brooker
    October 3, 2014 / 13:02

    When my young son had a bowl full of sweets for the ‘trick n treaters’, but no one came so we had the lot to ourselves.

  26. jane
    October 3, 2014 / 13:36

    Not wanting to share my sweets with my friends!

  27. lauren tourle
    October 3, 2014 / 13:45

    My favourite memory of Halloween is the first time I took my daughter trick or treating, it was so much fun and she really loved it. plus Im a huge horror fan so Halloween is my favourite time of year ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. jayne hall
    October 3, 2014 / 17:24

    i remember lots of kids coming to the door

  29. October 3, 2014 / 18:14

    Halloween sleepovers at my friend’s spooky old house! We’d play hide & seek in the dark, watch horror films & do seances!

  30. katie skeoch
    October 3, 2014 / 21:36

    dressing up as a Spanish Senorita is my favourite memory!

  31. Kirsty Fox
    October 3, 2014 / 22:15

    I had a friend over every Halloween and we used to watch scary movies.

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  34. Kirsty Woods
    October 4, 2014 / 07:34

    Taking my son to buy a mask, he was trying one on and he turned around and a lady walked in the shop and screamed, we looked at each other and said thats the one ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. October 4, 2014 / 10:38

    Halloween party and doing apple bobbing.

  36. October 4, 2014 / 19:19

    The community being one- I met my best friend whilst trick or treating ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. Lyla
    October 4, 2014 / 21:10

    Dressing up was my favourite part

  38. October 4, 2014 / 22:27

    giving birth to my beautiful soon to be 21(on halloween!)year old daughter-double the fun and celebration ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. October 5, 2014 / 13:14

    just the thing for all the little ‘Horrors’ who come knocking !!

  40. Katie
    October 5, 2014 / 18:14

    Trick or treating at the university – my friend used to live on campus as her dad was a lecturer

  41. Ruth Harwood
    October 7, 2014 / 07:09

    We used to go Trick or Treating with some friends – there was always one woman who wouldn’t give us anything and was very rude about it, so we cut her washing line. Not very exciting, but at the age of 8, we did get a certain satisfaction!

  42. October 7, 2014 / 13:02

    only went trick or treating a few times when i was younger, it more now making memories with my little girl, decorating the house and the other half trying to calve out pumpkins lol.

  43. October 7, 2014 / 13:43

    My favourite memory as a child was trick or treating, hopefully going forward with my son it will be more about pumpkins and fun

  44. Lynsey Buchanan
    October 7, 2014 / 23:01

    going out trick or treating with my brother

  45. October 8, 2014 / 05:07

    seeing my grandaughter in her fancy dress the first time , so cute x

  46. Jo welsh
    October 8, 2014 / 12:25

    We never done anything when we was little

  47. October 12, 2014 / 15:12

    I love halloween and and have a massive party every year, lots of great memories

  48. Allan Wilson
    October 13, 2014 / 13:31

    Best memories are of learning our party piece and then going guising. You would get a fruit as a thank you from the neighbours. None of this trick or treat nonsense, we take our kids guising.

  49. October 13, 2014 / 17:01

    My favourite memory of Halloween is from last year when the kids and I made our own halloween tree and decked the whole house in fake spiders web and spiders.

  50. Wendy Tyler
    October 14, 2014 / 21:10

    I wasn’t allowed to do Halloween as a child so I loved it when I went away to college and got to dress up as vampishly as I liked, especially as I discovered that a black wig really does suit me!!!

  51. October 16, 2014 / 12:35

    Definitely recent years having fun with friends and staying in to bake ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. claire griffiths
    October 18, 2014 / 14:53

    my best memory is going trick or treating as a child with my family

  53. Zoe Roxby
    October 18, 2014 / 22:11

    My son knocking on a door and then opening it to walk in hahaha thankfully the woman was coming to the door at the time and was laughing

  54. liz ferguson
    October 19, 2014 / 15:39

    the treats

  55. October 19, 2014 / 19:30

    the excitment of getting dressed up and going out x

  56. Melanie
    October 19, 2014 / 21:57

    Dressing up and getting my face painted

  57. Eleanor Powell
    October 19, 2014 / 22:18

    When we were little and went out halloweening we used to go as a group – we lived in a small village that had no street lights (still doesn’t actually!) it was dusk and there were bats starting to come out, one of the bigger boys who was about 15 told us a story as we walked through the dark about them being vampire bats and they were hunting anyone who didnt have their heads covered – we were all petrified and fighting over my witches hat! We didnt stay out long that year!!!

  58. kristin burdsall
    October 20, 2014 / 15:45

    When i was little we would decorate bin bags with glitter and make hats from card. So much fun and great memories of doing it with my sister. Such a shame there is so much to buy now. Most children will never have those memories

  59. October 20, 2014 / 20:28

    We didn’t have a lot of money to spend on Halloween outfits when we were growing up but I do remember one year I was allowed a plastic mask to wear. It was a duck face and I’m sure I looked so stupid wearing it but I wore it for hours on end. I was so pleased to have it.

  60. Susan Hoggett
    October 20, 2014 / 21:52

    partying with the kids

  61. October 21, 2014 / 09:20

    Fav memory is my Brother and I apple bobbing ~~

  62. claire matthews-curtis
    October 21, 2014 / 10:21

    My best memory is last year, me and my children baked and decorated a graveyard cake and had a party and watched Hocus Pocus at home in the warmth.

  63. Michelle Luck
    October 21, 2014 / 20:04

    Winning fancy dress competition with my homemade bin bag witch costume

  64. Anneka Hulse
    October 21, 2014 / 21:29

    going to Thurstaston country park Halloween walk and party

  65. Tina L-D
    October 21, 2014 / 21:33

    making gunge for our lucky dip trick or treat cauldrons. usually involved spaghetti and jelly.

  66. Monika S
    October 21, 2014 / 22:15

    getting lots of sweets from trick or treating

  67. caroline kelly
    October 21, 2014 / 22:29

    Apple bobbing when I was little

  68. October 22, 2014 / 07:28

    Going to a Halloween party and playing a game that ended up with me getting covered with flour

  69. jessica newman
    October 22, 2014 / 08:25

    going trick or treating and having the biggest pile of sweets ever

  70. October 22, 2014 / 09:52

    seeing the kids all dressed up and excited at going ‘Trick or Treating’

  71. carol boffey
    October 22, 2014 / 16:12

    spending time with my son

  72. Caroline Howard
    October 22, 2014 / 19:25

    My friend and I going trick or treating in our Red Devil costumes that we’d worn in our dancing show, they were such good costumes everyone said how good we looked and called their kids to the door to look at us!

  73. October 22, 2014 / 19:28

    Dressing up as meals on wheels when I was about 10. Mum had stuck some paper cups & plates to a tray and I went out on my rollerskates – I kept falling over & my tray was all bashed but it was a fun night trick or treating ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 22, 2014 / 19:49

    Going to school with a hairy monster hand to scare the teachers.

  75. Jackie chapman
    October 22, 2014 / 20:54

    Dressing my son as a spider when he was 8 months old and taking him trick or treating

  76. ema j lowe
    October 22, 2014 / 22:27

    i must have been about 8/9 years old. it was raining really hard, but me and my friend still went out trick or treating, we got soaked.

  77. alice lightning
    October 23, 2014 / 00:38

    loved cutting out the pumpkins as a child with my sisters happy memories now my children cut out the pumpkin

  78. Michelle Wild
    October 23, 2014 / 01:29

    Bonfires in every lane with the smell of jacket potato.

  79. Anonymous
    October 23, 2014 / 02:32

    Vampires haloed by streetlight their bloody jowls issuing foggy clouds of freezing breath.

  80. Nicola Holland
    October 23, 2014 / 06:29

    GOing trick or treating with my siblings ๐Ÿ™‚

  81. October 23, 2014 / 06:59

    dressing up to go trickor treating

  82. Gill Mitchell
    October 23, 2014 / 08:36

    dressing up as a vampire for my Guides Halloween party, complete with home made bin bag cape!

  83. Adrian Clarke
    October 23, 2014 / 10:32

    We used to start trick or treating in September ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. Chris Fletcher
    October 23, 2014 / 13:47

    I always love the dressing up

  85. Anonymous
    October 23, 2014 / 15:35

    my favourite memories of halloween are my children dressing up and taking them trickle treating ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  86. October 23, 2014 / 17:58

    Handing out sweets to the Trick or Treaters – my favourite part!

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