We Went Trick-or-Treating at the Houses of Literary Families—Here’s What We Scored

We Went Trick-or-Treating at the Houses of Literary Families—Here’s What We Scored

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They may call it trick-or-treating, but here at Bookish, we’re in it for the treats. We love ringing doorbells only to be greeted with a sweet surprise. While the Bookish Editors are a little old for trick-or-treating these days, we still like to imagine what some of our favorite fictional families would give out if we were to knock on their door. Below, we’ve speculated about the bon-bons, delicacies, and other goodies we think some of our favorite characters might greet us with.

Family: The Ingalls family

Appears in: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Treat: We bet the Ingalls family would hand out maple syrup candy, like the candy that the family makes in Little House on the Prairie by pouring maple syrup over freshly fallen snow. We’d love to snack on this seasonal sweet!

Family: The Covey family

Appears in: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Treat: We’re pretty confident the Covey sisters would hand out cookies at Halloween. After all, Lara Jean is a prolific baker. We’d love if she handed out snickerdoodles to hungry trick-or-treaters.

Family: The Bennet family

Appears in: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Treat: The Bennets are, you might say, a little preoccupied with marriage. So what better treat to hand out on Halloween than Jordan almonds? This traditional wedding favor will satisfy a sweet tooth and also send a message about what the Bennets value.

Family: The Young family

Appears in: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Treat: We can only imagine what kind of extravagant treat the Youngs might hand out for Halloween. We think they would hire one of Singapore’s Michelin-starred food stall vendors to cook small savory dishes for trick-or-treaters who are tired of eating candy and could use a savory bite.

Family: The Lee family

Appears in: I Believe In a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Treat: Desi and her dad are both big fans of Korean dramas. We like the idea of them handing out a beloved Korean candy that combines two different flavors coming together, just like a love story. We vote for Lotte Anytime Plum & Peach Candy.

Family: The Maresh family

Appears in: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Treat: Pop Rocks. Why? Because they’re downright magical, just like the Maresh household. We’d be willing to give them bonus points for handing out the strawberry or cherry flavor, in honor of Red London.

Family: The Weasley family

Appears in: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Treat: A literary Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Burrow. While Mrs. Weasley would disapprove, we bet Fred and George might try to hand out something from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. We predict a Skiving Snackbox treat, and we recommend that you think twice before consuming it whether it’s a Puking Pastille, Nosebleed Nougat, Fever Fudge, or U-No-Poo.

Couple: Alexa and Drew

Appears in: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Treat: Alexa and Drew are still getting to know one another, and we don’t want to push them into rushing things. That said, if they did decide to move in together, we think they would hand out Hershey Kisses in honor of their budding romance.


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