It’s often the simple, everyday details that are the strongest reminders of the season. Halloween-themed commercials are a sure-fire sign that the holiday is on its way.

So let’s take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, back to our childhood, before DVR existed, and relive some of the advertisements that reminded us that Costume-Wearin’, Candy-Collectin’ Time was drawing near …

Starting with my favorite, a Reese’s commercial that I absolutely remember seeing as a kid.

Here’s a more recent one for Snickers. How creepy is that mask?? Not to mention the cheek “caress.” [shudder]

Here’s an older one for Woolworth (from the 70s). I remember costumes like these still being around in the 80s; I had a Wonder Woman one myself.

I’ll leave you with this collection of more old-school October commercials. The very first one, for Count Chocula and Franken Berry cereal, still makes my mouth water!! Also included: Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, Toys R Us, and the ubiquitous Elvira!

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