’s Halloween Countdown: Sweet treats

Who says kids get to have all the fun on Halloween? Just because it’s not socially acceptable for an adult to go trick or treating doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some sweets for the holiday. Grab yourself a pillow case or a plastic pumpkin, head to one of these shops and fill it up. Unlike trick or treating, you will have to pay for these treats, but at least you won’t end up with raisins.

Sugar Factory's Cookie Monster

Sugar Factory at Town Square: Halloween is all about monsters so it’s only fitting that Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Town Square is celebrating with a special “Cookie Monster” ice cream sandwich. The dessert features two decadent chocolate chip cookies filled with creamy mint chocolate ice cream, topped with colorful rainbow sprinkles and chocolate sauce. It’s available through the month of October and costs $6.95.

Jean Philippe Pâtisserie

Jean Philippe Pâtisserie at Bellagio and Aria: Jean Philippe Pâtisserie will be filled with Halloween temptations during October like chocolate witches, chocolate lollipops in scary shapes, white chocolate ghosts, chocolate skulls, chocolate pumpkins…you get the idea. Chocoholics, this place is for you.

Jean Philippe is also known for creating some amazing, intricate chocolate sculptures. At the Bellagio location this Halloween, guests will encounter a large chocolate skeleton and an enchanting six-piece scene inspired by the film “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Corner Cakes at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino: This pastry shop will tempt your sweet tooth this season with a variety of themed cupcakes available Oct. 31. Halloween’s the only time you’ll find eyeball-decorated gluten-free vanilla cupcakes, pumpkin-decorated Nothing But Chocolate dark chocolate cupcakes, and the RIP-decorated Oreo and chocolate cupcake with Oreo cream.

Trevi gelato

Trevi at The Forum Shops at Caesars: Trevi is known for its creative gelato flavors and they usually pull out all the stops during holidays. For Halloween they’ll be scooping candy corn gelato, made with creamy vanilla gelato swirled with crushed candy corn pieces; and the Cookies & Cringe, a tasteful twist of chocolate gelato, Oreo cookie chunks and gummy worms. Each limited-time creation will be priced at $4.50.

O Face Halloween doughnuts

O Face Doughnuts, 124 S. Sixth St.: O Face Doughnuts always has mind-blowing flavors to choose from but we’re especially excited about their Trick-or-Treat doughnut series, available through Oct. 31.

Pastry Chef Crystal Whitford has created four signature Halloween candy-inspired doughnuts, including the Twix doughnut, oozing with a creamy caramel milk chocolate ganache filling topped with Twix candy bits; a Butterfinger doughnut with a rich milk chocolate peanut butter ganache filling, topped with crushed Butterfinger; a glazed doughnut topped with Skittles and a glazed doughnut topped with candy corn.

M&M’s World at the Showcase Mall on the Strip: Let’s face it, it’s kind of like Halloween every day at M&M’s World. There’s an abundance of the chocolatey candy all year round. For Halloween you can step up your game by buying tons of orange M&Ms or you can personalize your M&Ms with the word “boo!” or whatever frightful phrase you come up with.

Hershey’s Chocolate World at New York – New York: The array of sweets you can fill your plastic pumpkin up with at Hershey’s Chocolate World is dazzling. Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers… the list goes on. There is one thing that trumps any Halloween candy you’ve ever gotten though: The World’s Largest Hershey’s Bar. It’s a five-pound bar of solid milk chocolate.

Krispy Kreme

Dress up in costume and get a free Krispy Kreme doughnut. How easy is that? On Halloween, if you stop into the Krispy Kreme locations at the Excalibur or Circus Circus in costume you’ll walk away with a delicious complimentary original glazed doughnut. One doughnut per ghoul, per visit.


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