Here in Bushwick, it’s that time of year again: Bodegas have stocked up on pumpkins, clubs are full of costumes even more spectacular than usual, and a certain spookiness fills the air. Halloween is nearly upon us.

For last year’s holiday, we met with Eugene J, the mad scientist behind Bushwick’s year-round celebration of all things sweet, surprising, and Halloweeny, the Eugene J Candy Company. This year, we wanted to know: What’s he got in store for the neighborhood now?

This week, we reconnected with Eugene at the height of the halloween season to learn more about how he satisfies Bushwick’s sweet tooth during the biggest candy celebration of the year.


We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to Eugene for taking the time to open a window into his workshop, especially at the height of the Halloween season.

If you want to pick up some of your own Halloween candy from Eugene J’s, you can visit the shop for yourself at 16 Wilson Ave. If you’re interested in learning more, or getting involved with the Eugene J Candy Company, you can head to their website ( or get in touch directly by email ([email protected]), phone (718-381-1050), or DM (

As a bonus, you can also check out Eugene J’s punk-horror-rock band, bbigpigg, at their bandcamp page (

We’d of course, also like to thank you so much for joining us this week. We’ll be back with another story you won’t want to miss, but in the meantime, we’d love to know what you’re interested in hearing, and how we can do better. Get in touch by emailing us at [email protected], or by DM’ing us on our instagram ( We can’t wait to hear from you, and we’ll see you soon.

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