Halloween – 5 Candy Alternatives for Allergies (Including surprise toy bags!)

Halloween candy is as much a part of Halloween tradition as the costumes. For children with allergies though, trick-or-treating can be a little…trickier. So when the little ghosts and ghouls come knocking this year, it’s best to be prepared for a variety of allergies. With many nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free alternatives available, Halloween should be inclusive for all children, regardless of their dietary restrictions. Keep reading below for some of our suggested must-haves to keep on-hand, in case your standard trick-or-treat candies can’t be enjoyed by all.

 1 – Halloween Surprise Toy Bags

This is an alternative to food, and pleases everyone. Each Halloween Surprise Toy Bag contains a surprise toy, including – mini playing cards, whistles, bubbles, games, figurines, stickers and more. A great item to have on hand if you’re giving out candy with peanuts or gluten and need something for the children who can’t have those treats. These come as a pack of 20.

2 – GoldFish Snack Packs

These crackers are baked with real cheese, and feature no artificial colours or flavours. A snack most children already love, you know they’ll be excited about getting them in their bag. (Bonus points: it’s low in sugar: a great alternative to sugary candy!)

3 – MadeGood Chocolate Chip Mini Bars

These little bite-sized versions of MadeGood’s granola bars are nut-free and gluten-free. In addition to their clean ingredients, 2% of sales from their Halloween products go to support Children’s Miracle Network.

 4 – Halloween Variety Fruit Pack

With Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers and Fruit Rollups, this is pack offers 40 full-sized fruit candy favourites. They’re a great alternative for kids with nut and gluten allergies.

5 – Ganong Sunkist Fruit Snacks

These Ganong Sunkist Fruit Snacks are a fruit-based option, made with real oranges, and are peanut, gluten and fat-free. Pick up a 72-pack box to ensure you’re fully stocked with Halloween treats!


These are just a few of the alternative options for Halloween trick-or-treaters who can’t have nuts, gluten, dairy, etc. We’re sure you can find many more creative options in-store. Have fun and stay safe this Halloween!

5 DIY Halloween Costumes Using Items #FoundAtLondonDrugs

Fall is in full swing and Halloween is slowly creeping up on us! It’s the time of year where you can dress up and become anyone (or anything) you want to be. But if you’re starting to feel stressed about your costume, don’t fear! We’ve rounded up a few D.I.Y. Halloween looks you can create using items easily found at London Drugs!


Want to turn yourself into a mythical mermaid? We’re showing you how to really up your Halloween game to create this elevated creature-from-the-deep Sea Witch look, complete with pearlescent scales, striking blue hair, and eerie contact lenses.



NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette in Onyx and Brights
Ardell Faux Mink Lashes in 810
-Primal Costume Contact Lenses in Cotton Candy (find them in-store at select stores!)
NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Little Denim Dress
NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer
NYX Professional Makeup Face & Body Glitter in Ice
NYX Professional Makeup Pigments in Froyo
KISS Glam Fantasy Special FX Gel Nails in FGF01
NYX Professional Makeup White Eyeshadow Base
L’Oreal Colorista Spray 1-Day Colour in Blue300 and PastelBlue300
Fishnet Stockings


Firstly, you’re going to want your makeup to last all night, so using a primer is a MUST. We’ve used the NYX Professional Makeup Eyeshadow Base in white. What’s great about this is that because it’s white, any colours you layer over it will really pop. Use this on eyelids and anywhere you’re planning on putting your mermaid scales on (we’ll explain more about these scales later). We recommend applying the primer along your hairline on your forehead, cheekbones, chin and nose.

Next, apply iridescent coloured eyeshadow using a makeup brush to the areas where the primer was applied. We recommend a pastel colour like blue, pink or purple. Here, we’ve mixed some purple shadows from the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette in Brights and NYX Professional Makeup Pigments in Froyo.

Now it’s time to add the key part of the look- the scales! Stretch the fishnet stocking over your face and dab on dark blue eyeshadow over the spots you applied the purple eyeshadow. We’re using blue shades from the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palettes in Brights and Onyx. Apply generously and remove the stocking to reveal your aquatic scales!

Turn your regular hair into Sea Witch hair. Use L’Oreal Colorista Spray 1-Day Colour to get temporary hair colour that easily washes out. We recommend shades of blues, purples and pinks. Here we’re using shades Blue 300 and Pastel Blue 30.

A great Halloween look is all in the details. Deepen your eyeshadow by adding blue to the corners, line your eyelids with liquid black liner and apply some false lashes. You can even pat on some glitter to capture that mystical underwater element. This is your chance to get creative! We’ve used the NYX Professional Makeup Vinyl Liquid Liner, Ardell Faux Mink Lashes, NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer and NYX Professional Makeup Face & Body Glitter in Ice.

Also add to the look with ocean accessories. These can be done by gluing seashells to a headband or hairclips. Don’t have any of those? Don’t worry-we’ve simply cut out printed images of starfish and shells and taped them in place. BONUS TIP: Use our London Drugs Photolab to print out items such as these for effortless costume accessories. You can also add fake nails to complete your costume. Here, we’ve used Kiss Gel Fantasy Special FX Gel Nails.

ELEVATE THE LOOK: We’ve taken this look from simple mermaid to Sea Witch by adding Primal Costume Contact Lenses. We’ve used the colour Cotton Candy here. They are easy to put on and add a super eerie vibe. Find them in-store at select London Drugs locations.


Feel elegant and divine by simply turning a bed sheet and scarf into this easy DIY Greek Goddess costume. It also gives you an excuse to get all decked out in gold! Keep reading below to find out how to get the look.



White Bed Sheet
Annabelle Smoothliner Eyeliner in Black
Gold Coloured Jewellery
Ardell Faux Mink Lashes in 810
Annabelle Single Eyeshadow in Ebony
NYX Professional Makeup Pigments in Go H.A.M.
NYX Professional Makeup Pigments in Brighten Up
Annabelle V.I.P. Lipstick in Nevada
-Gold rope or beige sash (find them in-store!)

The very first part of the costume is tying the toga. For this, we’ve simply use a white bed sheet that you can find at any London Drugs. First, grab two ends on the long side of the bedsheet and twist each end so that they make a rope. Cross each rope end over each other and bring them up so that they are behind your neck. There, secure it with a knot.

No Greek goddess is complete without her gold jewelry and accessories. Use a piece of rope or a sash to tie around your waist. Here, we’ve used a beige-coloured pashmina scarf and some jewellery you can find in our cosmetics department.

For your makeup, start off with your usual foundation routine. Since you’re a divine entity, add a gold eyeshadow to your eyelids and deepen the outer corners with some black eyeshadow. We’ve used NYX Professional Makeup Pigments in Go H.A.M and Annabelle Single Eyeshadow in Ebony. Line eyes with some black liner and add some drama with false lashes. Here, we’ve used Annabelle Smoothliner Eyeliner and Ardell Faux Mink Luxuriously Lightweight Lashes in 810. For lips, we went with a neutral shade from Annabelle’s V.I.P. Lipstick line. Also, don’t forget to add highlight everywhere to get that lit-from-within heavenly glow! We’re using NYX Professional Makeup’s Pigments in Brighten Up (we even added some to the lips!). Lastly, swipe on some gold nail polish to complete the look. We suggest using Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Fast Dry Colour in Go For Gold.



There might not be a full moon on Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you can’t transform yourself into a hair-raising wolfman! We’ve laid out everything you need to create this terrifying look below.



A white shirt
-Hair Gel (L’Oreal Studio Line Indestructable Gel Concentrate)
-Halloween Stage Blood & Fangs
Danson Makeup Crayons
Halloween Tube Makeup in Black
-Primal Costume Contact Lenses in Thriller (find them in-store at select stores!)
Danson Fake Blood Spray

The great thing about this costume is that you can use regular clothes! We recommend wearing jeans, a plaid long sleeve shirt, and a white shirt you don’t mind getting some fake blood on.

Using a brush or a makeup sponge, apply the black cream makeup around the hairline, jaw bone and cheek bones. Let it dry and then use a black face paint crayon to draw “hair marks” over the areas you applied the black cream. Also draw hair marks on the eyebrows and along either side of the nose. This doesn’t have to be perfect and can be messy-you’re a scruffy wolfman after all!

Next, use the black crayon to colour the tip of the nose and nostrils and to draw half almond shapes under the eyes. Apply the black cream makeup to the lips. You can also apply a small amount of the black cream to the sponge and dab it over the face to give it a “dirty” look.

Apply a generous amount of hair gel so that your hair looks like a crazy mess (you’re a wolfman, remember!) We’ve used the L’Oreal Studio Line Indestructable Gel Concentrate.

Now time for the part that will really transform you into a wild animal! Put in some fangs and apply generous dollops of the fake blood to the corners of the mouth. Use the blood spray to apply blood onto the neck, your white shirt, and anywhere else you want!

ELEVATE THE LOOK: Take your costume from basic wolfman to terrifying werewolf by wearing Primal Contact Lenses. For this look, we’ve chosen the style Thriller. Now get out there and do your best howl!


This costume is just as classic as it is creepy. Keep reading to learn how you can transform into a mummy with face paint and bandages you can find at London Drugs.



Danson Makeup Crayons
-Primal Costume Contact Lenses in Zombie I (find them in-store at select stores!)
Adhesive Medical Tape
Gauze bandages
Halloween Tube Makeup in White

All that’s required for the actual costume part of this look is a white shirt. Bonus points if you have white pants but a pair of black pants or even jeans will do.

Using a sponge, brush or your fingers, apply the white cream makeup to the entire face, down to the neck and ears. Next, mix the black, red and blue face paint crayons together to create a black-purple colour. Apply this colour on the lips and around the eyes and lids to create a sunken-eye look.

Now it’s time for the mummy wrappings! Using gauze bandages, wrap around the head, neck and face, leaving the eyes and the mouth exposed. Secure into place using adhesive medical tape. Take the gauze and also use it to wrap around the chest, arms, legs, anywhere you want – the more bandage, the better. If you’re going to a Halloween party and will be moving around a lot, you can also use safety pins to secure the bandages to your clothing. That way you can dance the night away without having to worry about unravelling!

Warm up a tiny amount of the black face paint crayon with your fingers and roughly apply this over your mummy bandages. This will make it look like you crawled out of a 2,000 year old tomb

ELEVATE THE LOOK: Sure, you’re a creepy mummy, but why not become the bone-chilling walking undead? Pop in some Primal Contact Lenses in Zombie I. We guarantee anyone who stares into your dead eyes will run the other way.


Want a sweet and simple costume for your little one? Check out this super easy costume you can create yourself using items you can find at London Drugs! Just follow the step-by-step tutorial below.



A small towel (any colour works, we chose baby pink)
Goody Ouchless Headbands (any colour works, we chose bright pink)
Playgro Bright Baby Duckies
Body puff (any colour works, we chose pink)
Cotton Balls
A Hot glue gun







This step requires you to get a bit crafty in creating your little one’s costume. Gather together the bag of cotton balls, small towel, head bands and rubber duckies. Using a hot glue gun, attach cotton balls in clusters onto one side of the bath towel. These will act as bubbles and bath foam. As well, take one of the rubber duckies and secure to the headband will a dollop of hot glue.

It’s now time to turn your little one into a bath time cutie! Take the small towel wrap it around your little one with the cotton balls facing the front.  Secure it in place with safety pins.
The final step is to accessorize! Put the rubber duckie head band on, place the body puff around your little’s wrist and give them another rubber duckie to hold. Voila! An easy and adorable DIY costume that is sure to garner a lot of “Awwww!” and “So cute!” comments.


And there you have it! 5 DIY costumes all created with items found at London Drugs. Choose the look you like best to create for Halloween this year, or simply use these ideas as inspiration to create your own unique costumes. Have fun building your own spooky (or cute) look and Happy Halloween!


First-ever Halloween Candy Wrapper Return Drive at London Drugs in BC

Bring Your Halloween Candy Wrappers Back to London Drugs

Bring back your Halloween candy wrappers and snack packaging to any London Drugs store in BC! 

London Drugs is delighted to to announce the first-ever Halloween candy wrapper return drive in BC to help keep seasonal snack packaging waste out of the city’s landfills.

Customers can bring their chocolate bar and Halloween candy wrappers as well as potato chip bags and other flexible plastic packaging to any London Drugs location. The items collected will be sent to Merlin Plastics, a post-consumer processing company in Delta, BC, and used for research and development as the company works to develop a commercially viable process for repurposing these common but tough-to-process items.

Halloween candy wrappers that cannot be recycled will be used to produce engineered fuel for commercial operations such as concrete plants.

“We want to help British Columbians celebrate Halloween with a bit less waste by making one simple suggestion: instead of throwing out your candy wrappers and chip bags, bring them to London Drugs.”

~ Maury McCausland, Retail Operations Sustainability Specialist, London Drugs

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging Initiative

Bring flexible plastics, like Halloween candy wrappers, to any BC London Drugs

London Drugs’ Other Flexible Plastic Packaging initiative is part of RecycleBC’s new take-back program. These types of plastics, including Halloween candy wrappers, are among the fastest-growing forms of packaging on the market and one of the largest categories of packaging, particularly for confectionery and snack foods.

According to Stats Canada, over $550 million worth of cookies, confectionery, and snack foods were sold across Canada last October, contributing significant amounts of packaging waste to landfills and the environment. Food wrappers are also a common source of marine litter and were among the top five items found in the Ocean Conservatory’s International Coastal Clean-up last year.

“This is really a big problem; the volume of wrapper waste is significant,” says McCausland. “That’s why we’re making a commitment to help address it – not just at Halloween but year-round.” 

Plastics You Can Bring Back

London Drugs accepts all sorts of items in the Other Flexible Plastic Packaging category including:Flexible plastics return to London Drugs in BC

  • Stand up and zipper lock pouches
  • Crinkly wrappers and bags, including chip bags, bars, and candy wrappers
  • Flexible packaging with plastic seal
  • Woven net and plastic bags
  • Non-food protective packaging

See the complete list of accepted other flexible plastic packaging.

“Last year, with the help of our customers and staff, our stores celebrated a 93% waste diversion rate. This program will help get us one step closer to zero waste,” says McCausland.

6 Last-minute Halloween Costumes Your Friends Will Love

Yikes, did you just get a last-minute invite to a Halloween party? Or did you spend so much time planning the kids’ costumes that you completely forgot about your own? Don’t worry, because we’ve got some ideas for fun Halloween costumes for the whole family that you can easily put together and still impress your friends!

Box of Timbits

Who doesn’t love Timbits! You’ll be the hit of the Halloween party, especially if you carry a real box of the little morsels with you. Bonus: get your BFF to paint a plastic garbage can brown, and you’ll have your Double Double!

More last-minute Canadian Halloween costume ideas here.

Spider Web

Everyone has a bag of that fake spider web in the decorations box, right? Wrap some around your kid, add some plastic spiders and spooky makeup, and you’re ready for tricks and treats.

More last-minute Halloween costume ideas for kids here. 

Rosie the Riveter

Last-minute Halloween costumes for the whole family

Photo from brit.co

Rock this iconic symbol for women’s equality with a denim shirt, work pants, red bandana, and an up-do.

Don’t forget hair and makeup! Here’s a super easy tutorial:


Party Animal

For this one, all you need is an animal mask, a party hat, and a drink. Take it uptown with some formal wear!

Lots more easy Halloween costume ideas here.

Pizza Slice

This one is more easy-ish, but the cuteness factor makes it worth the trip to the fabric store. Bonus: the kid can help with the glueing! We’ve got the step-by-step tutorial for you right here.

The Flash

Last-minute Halloween costumes for the whole family

Photo from brit.com

Grab a full-length body suit from the party store and get glueing. Or, if you’re really in a pinch, pull out those red long johns from the ski bag.

More fun DIY Halloween costume ideas for men here.


This Halloween, no matter what you wear, have fun, be safe, and don’t eat too much candy. Or do, we won’t judge. 

6 Science-y Things To Do with Kids for Halloween

Halloween is a great time to get your kids interested in science. When else does it make sense to make slime and goop and witch’s brews? They’re not just fun to play with; they’ll teach your kids about how the world works, too. Chemistry and physics can be exciting!

Whether you’re throwing a kids’ Halloween party or just want some spooky educational experiments, we’ve got you covered.

Make Some Halloween Slime

Halloween 2017

Slime is the classic spooky science-y experiment for good reason: it’s easy, sticky, icky, and oh so fun to play with! You can make slime yourself with these borax-free slime recipes–make a bunch of different coloured batches with food colouring! You can also purchase DIY slime kits which contain everything you’ll need, as well as instructions. Want something even cooler? Make bubbling slime with xantham gum, baking soda, and vinegar!

Ooh, Ooze!


Ooze is a bit more foamy and a bit less sticky than slime. Think about those vinegar and baking soda volcanoes you used to make as a kid, only with a bit more structure–that’s ooze! You can make ooze with hydrogen peroxide and yeast, both easily available ingredients. For your little witch or wizard, make this magical brew in a cauldron or beaker. Or, if you’d prefer to scare your neighbours, make an oozing pumpkin for your front steps!

Dancing Ghosts

Teach your children about static electricity by making a ghost dance! Science Bob has the scoop; all you need is a balloon, your child’s hair (to create the static charge), and a ghost made out of tissue paper. Oh, and maybe some spooky tunes to add to the effect.

Glowing Gulps


With a little tonic water and a black light, you can make glowing liquids that are safe to drink. Tonic water contains quinine, which has been used historically to prevent malaria. British colonists in India would drink gin and tonics for this very reason (the gin makes the tonic a bit more exciting.) Quinine will fluoresce under a black light, which just means that it glows! You can usually get a black light at a party supply store.

Fake Blood


If you’ve got older kiddos, make some fake blood with them! Steve Spangler Science has a bunch of recipes. It’ll add some amazing colour to a scary Halloween costume!

Galaxy Play Dough


If you’d prefer to make something a little less scary, try making some galaxy play dough. By adding glitter and glycerin, you’ll have a shiny, sparkly dough to pull, stretch, and play with.


6 Glam Halloween Makeup Looks by Canadian Beauty Bloggers

Grab your makeup bag and a dose of creativity to glam up your look for Halloween this year! If you are the type to favour glitter, sparkles, and lots of bright colours over dark, gory looks, don’t worry—we have the inspiration for you.

From a glam neon skull to a whimsical woodland fairy, these Halloween makeup ideas will make an impression at any party!

We collected some of our favourite looks from Canadian beauty bloggers and makeup artists to spark your creative costume this Halloween. Keep scrolling to gather ideas for your own Halloween makeup this year, and read what inspired each Instagrammer to create their glam Halloween makeup look.

1. Peacock Feathers by @sarbearmua

DIY Halloween Makeup 2018 London Drugs Beauty Sara Vidal

“The inspiration for this makeup look began with the eyelashes. The feathers reminded me of a peacock, so I wanted to include yellow, purple, and blue to compliment the lashes. I took to Pinterest and began pinning photos of peacocks—their colours are truly unbelievable.”

2. Jack o’ Lantern by @sirat.xo

London Drugs Beauty Makeup Halloween Sirat Sandhu

“My inspiration behind the look was the scary/glam Halloween duo. I am obsessed with glamorous Halloween looks with a dark twist, and I wanted to be able to incorporate affordable makeup products to allow the look to be achievable by everyone. My hope is that people continue to enjoy and recreate this look.”

3. Woodland Fairy by @madalynauroraa

DIY Makeup Halloween London Drugs Madalyn Richardson

“This was one of my first looks when I decided to bring my creative side forward. I took a lot of inspiration from my childhood—building fairy houses in my grandma’s garden was one of my favourite hobbies.”

4. Honeybee by @crystalwangg

London Drugs Beauty Blogger Crystal Wang Halloween Makeup

“I’ve never been huge on Halloween spirit and all the spooky themes. Even though Halloween looks are huge in the beauty community, I still wanted to be comfortable in my skin—I wanted to create something fun and light which I can enjoy and share, while still being festive.”

5. Colourful Clown by @stjohnnnn

London Drugs Halloween Makeup Sara StJohn

“This look was inspired by my nail set by @allured; having fun nails keeps me inspired to continue to create fun and new looks for this year’s #31daysofhalloween!”

6. Spooky Glam Skull by @monolidmua

LD Beauty Halloween Makeup DIY Spooky Skull

“I was really inspired by both Desi Perkins and Luna Fortun for this look. Desi’s half-melted skull was amazing and Luna created a gorgeous neon skeleton look. I was inspired to merge both amazing looks together and came up with this Halloween look!”

Have a photo of your glam Halloween makeup? Make sure to share it with @ldbeauty_ on Instagram using #LDBeauty and enter our #ldBOOtiful contest until October 26th, 2018!

Contest: Show us Your Boo-tiful Halloween Makeup Look!

Contest Rules

LDBeauty Halloween Contest– Official Rules

  1. To enter: Step 1. Post a photo or short video to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook of your Halloween makeup look, and tell us which products you used from London Drugs to create the look! Step 2. Tag @LDBeauty_ and include #ldBOOtiful in your post.
  2. No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per social network per contest. Limit one (1) prize may be won per household.  Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on October 19, 2018 (now extended until October 26th).  London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected.
  3. Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since October 8, 2017; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as at October 19, 2018 (iii) are not employees of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.
  4. The winners will be chosen by a judge on the day the contest ends (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received per contest. Winners will be selected based on a combination of number of post likes, comments and overall skill/creativity. To win, selected entrants must have correctly answered the skill-testing mathematical question on the entry form and must sign London Drug’s declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.
  5. There will be 3 (three) prizes awarded to 3 (three) winners: each receiving ONE $50 London Drugs gift card and ONE Beauty Basket worth approximately $100. Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. London Drugs reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should any prize become unavailable for any reason. Prize will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to the winner.Contests dates: October 8, 2018 – October 19 (now extended until October 26), 2018 Draw Date: 12:00 PM Pacific Time Saturday, October 20, 2018 (now updated to October 27)
  6. Selected entrants will be contacted by email, or social network they were drawn from. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winner does not respond then she/he will be notified for the second time, 2 (two) days after the first notification. If the winner still does not respond within 2 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.
  7. The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.
  8. London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).
  9. This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs and their agents.  The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation.  All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties.  All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.
  10. The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.
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