Consumed: Tales from the Candy Crypt

Things to do, Quirky events
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Photograph: Courtesy Shane Confectionery

Shane Confectionery, America’s oldest continuously operating confectionery, is hosting a haunted house that aims to give you goosebumps and, in the tradition of Halloween, send you packing with some old-world sweets. The event includes a 45-minute candlelit tour through the Victorian-era candy store’s showroom and kitchens where you’ll encounter a cast of creepy characters who will school you on the history of candy—namely how it was used to disguise the terrible taste of medicine back in the day—before dropping a couple pieces in your hand and sending you on your way. In the end, you’ll leave with a bounty of the sweets that you learned about—like Dark and Stormy Bon-Bons—and a belly full of a curious glowing liquid concoction called Hair of the Dog.

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