Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Scary Story of Halloween Woes - Candy Corn Treats

Here's a scary story, titled Why You Should Always Shop Local Because Big Halloween Retailers Suck And Here Are Some Pictures of My Recipe That Is At the Bottom of the Post. If you know me at ALL, you know Halloween is my favorite holiday. Every year I spend way too much money on not only my costume, but decking out my apartment in cool decorations, and buying a ton of food for a Halloween party with friends to show off our costumes. I always do MULTIPLE events and wear my costume numerous times, so I don't mind spending a bit more than usual for it.

So, my grand plan for Halloween was this: dress up like a character from my favorite show (Adventure Time!) and fiancé would also dress up like a character, and it'd be awesome. Due to not having time or resources to put the costume together myself, I ordered from massive Halloween retailer Spirit Halloween, which seemed to be the only place that had the costume with all components. Huge banners advertising 3 DAY SHIPPING! Great! I would get my costume with enough time to wear it multiple times and be worth the steep $50 price tag!

Big. Friggin. Mistake.

My order should have come in on the 23rd, with plenty of time to wear the costume at least three times, if not more. However, the 23rd came and went, and no costume. I emailed customer support, and they told me it'd be there by the 25th--the day of my Halloween party. Halloween party came and went, no costume. I asked if, at this point, I could buy a new one in-store and return the one that came in the mail... nope, their return policy does not allow this. Also turns out my order was "lost in transit" even though in a previous email the customer service rep said she "saw the costume on the dock waiting for pickup." Customer service refunded my shipping and upgraded to overnight, but the next day, still no costume.

I wrote a heated complaint on the Facebook wall, which got deleted, and then I re-posted and they told me to message them privately, and they just told me to email support, which I'd already been doing.

At this point, I tried to cancel my order. I got an email about a refund, and I assumed this was the costume. I went out, bought an entirely NEW costume, wore it to Event #2 that I needed a costume for, and then I get a notice that my order has shipped. There is nothing I can do, I cannot cancel, and now I'm out $50 because I can't return this damn thing.

New Costume.

Not to mention, fiancé's costume now makes no sense since we're no longer a couple's costume. The best Spirit Halloween can do is offer me a $25 rebate (only half the price of the costume and they still keep half my money, assholes) and 20% off a future purchase. Nope, I am NEVER shopping there AGAIN so that's pointless. I can also send the order back for a full refund, but with how messed up their shipping system clearly is, I am not going to risk it.

I guess he's going as a Hipster? every day?

Awful, awful. I don't use my blog to bitch about bad reviews often, but in this case it was so warranted. Don't shop at Spirit Halloween. They don't give a crap about their customers, and their promise of 3 day shipping is an utter lie.

Shout out to Saver's and Costume World of Austin for saving my Halloween with the items to make my backup costume.

In other news, these are basically just Crispy Rice Treats but with a Halloweeny flare. Check them out, they're a great way to use up all that extra candy corn!

Candy Corn Treats

  • 2/3 bag candy corn flavored marshmallows (or regular mini marshmallows with a drop of orange food coloring, if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 5 cups rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup candy corn

-Line a 9x13 baking sheet with tin foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

-In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter by heating in 30 second increments.

-Pour marshmallows into the bowl and toss with the butter. Microwave in 1 minute increments, stirring in between, until smooth.

-Add rice cereal and mix well. Press into baking sheet with oiled fingers. Sprinkle candy corn on top and press lightly. Let set for 30 minutes before slicing and eating.


  1. So sorry about your costume woes! Next Halloween shall be better! But these are sure to lift your spirits!

  2. I cannot believe that they aren't bending over backwards to refund you full price. This is one of the worst instances of customer service I've heard-I would scream at them over the phone. and give them bad reviews and tweets and everything possible!

    1. That's what I'm doing, but apparently my social reach isn't big enough for my whining to earn my money back. Ugh.

  3. Sorry to hear your Adventure Time costume did not come in time! You could always save it for next year :) I'm going to be Marceline *again* this year. I did a recipe for "Daddy, Why did you eat my fries?"
    Anyway, I think you make a beautiful butterfly :)