“Can we please stop putting out Halloween candy in July?” links

Stop putting out Halloween candy in July!! I get it though, there are no “candy holidays” during the summer. So create one! We need Independence Day-themed Reese’s Cups and Fourth of July mini-Snickers. [OMG Blog]
I forgot about Lil Uzi Vert’s pink diamond forehead thing. [Dlisted]
Nicole Kidman is the creepy cult leader in Nine Perfect Strangers. [LaineyGossip]
Bob Odenkirk collapsed on the set of Better Call Saul and he was rushed to the hospital. I hope he’s doing okay. [Just Jared]
What unexpected food combo do you love? Mine is this: I like Cajun seasoning in some pasta dishes. [Pajiba]
Sarah Paulson at the American Crime Story: Impeachment screening. [Go Fug Yourself]
This week in absolutely bonkers news: DOJ seized Hobby Lobby’s rare cuneiform tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh. [Buzzfeed]
Watch LeVar Burton watch himself on Jeopardy. [Seriously OMG]
I love this Schiaparelli suit on Felicity Jones. [RCFA]
Of course T.I. is defending DaBaby. [Towleroad]
This Brett Kavanugh story made me furious. [Jezebel]

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  1. Case says:

    I don’t August. After July I’m ready for autumn, so I support early Halloween candy, decor, etc.

    Side note, I’m positively devastated that we didn’t talk about Adam Driver’s centaur commercial today. DEVASTATED. Maybe tomorrow, lol.

  2. olliesmom says:

    This has been going on for at least two years where I live. I had my first Halloween candy sighting two weeks ago at a Dollar General. Spotted some at Walmart last weekend.

    The stores barely have the back to school stuff out. Usually the fall/Halloween stuff takes the place of the school stuff on the shelves.

    If you buy that Halloween candy now and you think that it will ever see the inside of a trick or treat bag you are delusional. You are going to eat it. If it does make it to a t or t bag, you have some super human willpower or you forgot where you hid it in late July.

    • Kkat says:

      When does school start where you are? Here in Southern California most are going back August 12. Two weeks from now.

      • Bella says:

        We don’t go back until second week of September

      • Holland says:

        August! Damn these kids don’t get a break!

      • Nonounsforyou says:

        I’m in AZ, we’ve been on summer break since May 25. Going back Aug 10, we’ve had plenty of break. We have this schedule so we can finish up the semester before winter break. Summer lasts until late October here, so at least we get to be in the AC during the very hot part.

      • Lady D says:

        In BC school is over in the last few days of June, and everyone goes back the first week of September.

    • Just A Thought says:

      Yes. Dollar General already has Halloween candy out. Barely any school supplies out. Can we just enjoy summer.

    • SarahCS says:

      Halloween isn’t quite such a big deal here in the UK but the small supermarket near my home gets the first Easter chocolate out on a small shelf at the back of the store the day after Christmas.

  3. Driver8 says:

    I hope Bob Odenkirk is okay! I’ve loved him since Mr. Show. He’s fantastic in everything he’s in 🙏

  4. SpankyB says:

    I think the candy industry is trying to make up for its losses from last year. IIRC, they make the majority of their profits off Halloween.

    I love fall so I’m not mad October is being rushed in. Even the weather has been cooperating with me.

  5. meowmeowmeow says:

    As someone who works in grocery retail….tell people not to buy it! P

  6. Kkat says:

    Ok but I want those big jars of M and M’s I see in that last picture 🧐😍

  7. ME says:

    I didn’t give out candy last year and won’t be giving out candy this year. Sorry kids but the pandemic ain’t over.

    • North of Boston says:

      I did give out candy, but it was all wrapped candy in gift bags on a folding table outside that the kids could come up and take one by one, while I waved from the doorway 10 ft away. (And keeping an eye out I was able to spot disinfect, or pull bags, if any little kid got too handsy with the display)

      I did a little set up with a birch reindeer from the previous Christmas that I repurposed as a spooky ghost dog with gauzy stuff draped over him, glowing eyes and glow in the dark paw prints leading up to the table

      I don’t usually decorate for Halloween but 2020 was such a crazy year I figured what the hey 😃 🎃

  8. meowmeowmeow says:

    I’ve been working in the grocery business for over 10 years and upper management always pushes stores to put it out asap because people will buy it! Hell, last year we had to put out advent calendars 2 weeks before Halloween and we sold a case in a few days!

  9. mellie says:

    OMG….I love Halloween and Halloween candy, well, any seasonal candy really, but this means that I’ll buy it and as a result, I’ll eat it. So let’s just stop it right damn now!

  10. Soni says:

    Saw candy corn at a CVS this week- it’s just wrong

  11. Stephanie says:

    Haven’t seen Halloween candy but have seen Halloween/Fall decor in more than one store now. My mom gets emails from Joann Fabrics and one actually said, “Halloween is right around the corner.” Like… what? lol

    • Jane Smith says:

      In fairness to Joann’s, if you’re making your costume or your kid’s costumes, it’s wise to get started sooner rather than later. I’ve seen people at the cut table on like October 28th talking a big game. I always roll my eyes because I have no confidence that those costumes are going to get finished in time for Halloween.

    • olliesmom says:

      I have a faux floral design business, so I’m on the lookout right now for Halloween stuff! I sell my designs in a store and they are accepting fall items on August 1. I’m done with fall now and I’m moving on to Halloween!

  12. Juls says:

    Yaaaaaassss cajun seasoning on pasta is fire!!! I season my steaks with it too. Love that spicy stuff! Slap yo mama is my go-to brand.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      Try it on fish (salmon, halibut) with minced garlic, and a little balsamic glaze… OMG.. to DIE for!

  13. Chaine says:

    Yesss, Nine Perfect Strangers looks like my next binge watch… Can’t get enough of Liane Moriarty and Nicole’s pillowy frozen face.

  14. Dazed and Confused says:

    I’m definitely in the minority, but part of what makes seasonal items special is that they are…well…SEASONAL!! I don’t want to see fall things out when the heat index is 110° F!! I can sort of understand at the craft places. It takes time to make those things, so you want them out a bit earlier.

    Halloween and Christmas are definitely the holidays that stores push the envelope the most for each year. It dilutes what makes them special.

  15. Lory says:

    It makes sense to put it out when back to school stuff goes out because parents also buy candy now for school lunches.

  16. PoppedBubble says:

    I’m old enough t remember when stores actually had Thanksgiving decorations and themes before starting with Christmas. I specifically said Christmas because that’s all there was then – maybe Hanukkah decorations here or there.

  17. Merricat says:

    Hoping the best for Bob Odenkirk, the MVP of nearly everything he’s ever done.

  18. Ann says:

    Too soon for me. But if they can make a profit by putting it out now, I guess I can’t fault the stores. No one is forcing people to buy it.

  19. Eurydice says:

    The point is to buy Halloween candy early, eat it all because it’s sitting there and what the hell it’s nowhere near Halloween, and then buy a whole new batch later on.

  20. kgeo says:

    You know what? I’ve had a lot of reasons to not want to shop at hobby lobby anymore, but follow a few links on that cuneiform tablet. Hobby Lobby has at one point acquired thousands of relics that belong in Iraq. What hubris. You own a large chain store in the name of God and think that gives you the right to these antiquities. I swear to God, I’ve never understood that Indiana Jones line more than now. It’s like people who keep tigers as pets. It’s not yours. They’re not meant for you. Keeping a giant live predator does not actually imbue you with some sort of god/kinglike quality. I just can’t.

    • Chickie Baby says:

      Yes, kgeo! I boycotted HL about 10 years ago for the reasons you state (and more), and haven’t bought anything from them since then. The oh-so-”Christian” family that owns the company are greedy, greedy people, and only in it for the money. The stores are full of mass produced crap (not USA-made) that people think is the best thing ever for decorating–it’s less Hobby and more Lobby. On a related note…Halloween candy on shelves in July is just as bad as Christmas in Hobby Lobby in June. It’s all just too early, and all in the name of the almighty dollar. Just quit shopping for stuff you don’t need, people.

    • The Recluse says:

      There are all sorts of hinky things with Hobby Lobby. They spent all that money for their infernal Bible Museum and got in trouble for buying looted antiquities and for forgeries, but get this: Unlike Andrew Mellon and others when they started the National Galley of Art, for an example, the people behind the Bible Museum are keeping possession of their goodies. That raised a lot of eyebrows in the museum world and DC. Basically, it means that if their museum goes under they just reclaim all of their possessions and go home. They treating the exhibits like loaned objects. That isn’t how it’s supposed to work. When you found a museum like this, and like NGA, you DONATE the objects to the permanent collection, transferring possession to the museum itself.
      Like I said, hinky.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I had no idea HL was buying illegal antiquities/cultural heritage only to create what amounts to a fake museum. And in DC, where we have so many museums devoted to the history & people of the US. They are beneath contempt & I hope one day they get their reckoning.

  21. Kaykay says:

    This should be illegal. I come from a country where most of these candies are sold, but manufactured with different recipes. For instance, we have cane sugar in our candy, sodas, and even Heinz Ketchup. I now live in the US and everything taste like crap because they keep putting syrup in everything. Sugar is for sure not good, but corn syrup etc is worse.
    I’ve educated myself when it comes to nutrition a lot during covid and I would never give my child anything but dates, pure organic maple syrup, stevia, or monk fruit. We say no thanks to diabetes in my family. Big companies should really reformulate the recipes of their candy bars.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I’m old enough to remember the original taste & texture of a lot of these candies. You’re right, they’re made with corn syrup now, but used to be made with actual cane sugar. Nothing tastes as good to me any more, so I don’t buy.

      • Deering24 says:

        That corn syrup factor explains a lot. Hershey bars have been straight-up bleh and virtually tasteless for a while. They used to be terrific.

  22. SusanRagain says:

    Yup, Sams Club had candy and costumes out last week already.
    No. No. No.
    And do not even think about talking Xmas at me until after Turkey Day!
    Mmmm, turkey and dressing sounds good. 😀

  23. The Recluse says:

    It’s frustrating how they push the seasons earlier and earlier just for the money. I love October and Halloween, but we only just entered Green Chilie season in NM and I am not in the mood for my favorite season yet.
    As for the candy, of course they figure everyone will eat it all well before hand, because there is no way that candy will still be fresh enough for Halloween. It’s pretty cynical. Buy some now, buy a lot more later in season.
    Also, summer is not really a good season for Reese’s peanut butter cups. They don’t even stock them in vending machines this time of year – for the most part – because the heat just turns them into soup.

  24. Sue Denim says:

    On Kavanaugh — I still don’t think I’ll ever be the same after watching the way Christine BF was treated, the mockery they all made of her brave, clear, and well-informed testimony. And knowing that man gets to sit on the highest court in the land and decide what happens w women’s bodies…

    Can we too please stop calling this kind of thing “sexual misconduct” — not sure what in general to use instead but “misconduct” is just way too anemic for what it is… God this stuff makes me nuts… Thanks for covering it here…

    • North of Boston says:

      An individual being an abusive jerk or committing a crime is bad enough but in the Kavanaugh nomination we had two or three entire federal institutions (staffed with hundreds of people who are PAID BY U.S. TAXPAYERS to do their d***** jobs and who took an oath RE their duty to the country and their organization’s mission) that steadfastly refused to even pretend to carry out their basic duties of vetting a nominee for a LIFETIME appointment to the highest court of the land.

      It was shameful, unjust, infuriating and probably illegal.

  25. Alex says:

    Lol, I don’t think we can stop stores from bringing out the spooky shit on July 5th.

  26. Mr. Best says:

    The idea of children grabbing candy out of a common bowl has always made me cringe. Hopefully, with covid 19, that practice will go the way of the Do-Do.