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Bolton’s sweet Halloween tradition from eras gone by, Colonial Candies

By Lysa Miller, Special to Wicked Local Bolton
They can be spotted on Interstate 495 heading south – a giant Halloween cat, creepy Frankenstein and a pumpkin man in an air balloon. During holiday seasons, these themed inflatables entice passersby and locals to stop in and enjoy one of Bolton’s finest treasures – Colonial Candies
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They can be spotted on Interstate 495 heading south – a giant Halloween cat, creepy Frankenstein and a pumpkin man in an air balloon. During holiday seasons, these themed inflatables entice passersby and locals to stop in and enjoy one of Bolton’s finest treasures – Colonial Candies.
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“We were so excited to realize this was a chocolate factory,” said April Talkowski as she posed for a picture with her husband Walter in front of the headless horseman. “I saw all the inflatables from the highway and begged my husband to stop in. I’m excited to be here, I love chocolate and I can’t wait to bring my grandkids here.”

But it’s not just the chocolate that drives people into this gem of a candy store that represents traditions of an era gone by.

Owners Grace and Richard Hebert take pride in keeping their vintage candy store alive and thriving. Every year at Halloween, Easter and Christmas, they decorate Colonial Candies inside and out. A dozen inflatables can be found outside. Inside the store, visitors will find decorations that are hand-picked and some even handmade by Grace and her staff over the years.

“We get our hands dirty,” said Grace, who with her husband Richard and six other people spent more than two days decorating the candy mansion for Halloween.

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“Some of the decorations we bought were not exciting enough for the store, so we added glitter to them for that extra detail. But there is a price to pay, a glittery mess,” she laughed.

She is referring to the extra detail she added to a mantle full of bones, various witches, skeletons and other hanging ghouls.pizzuti creative | business photography

Each year, the Heberts add to their décor and inflatable collections. This year’s addition was a 20-foot inflatable cat facing the highway, which so far has proved to be a successful investment.
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“It took a few years for the inflatables to really start drawing people in,” said Grace. “But now they bring in a variety of people and it’s become a tradition to stop in.”

The Colonial Candies store offers everything from penny candy to elaborate chocolates and gift baskets. The Heberts goal is to keep the candy store affordable, so everyone, no matter how much money they have to spend, can enjoy it.
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“We have chocolate Halloween favors starting at just 99 cents,” said Grace. “Rich and I decided a long time ago that we always wanted to keep items in the store so that everyone could come and enjoy our “dinosaur” and still be able to buy their kids a really great treat without spending much money.”

Grace’s reference to a dinosaur refers to the fact that homegrown candy stores are almost extinct. The Heberts use their own family recipe and hand mold, dip and package many of their novelty items and candy treats.

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