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Halloween candy is more expensive now, but people keep buying

Oct 17, 2023, 11:42 AM

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Halloween candy and decorations are displayed at a store, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Freeport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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ROY, Utah — Halloween candy isn’t immune to inflation. Prices are getting frightening, but they haven’t scared Utahns off just yet.

Candy prices are up over 6% from a year ago but consumers are still expected to spend $3.6 billion dollars on candy this year. That’s a nearly 14% jump from last year.

One Halloween candy shopper in Roy said things are getting expensive.

“I think the big bag of chocolate was like $20 and last year I think it was like $13 or something,” the shopper said. 

Despite costs, Ken Anderson from Riverdale plans on buying just as much candy this year as last. However, he’s keeping an eye out for sales.

“Well if you’re willing to find a deal, you can still find reasonable deals out there. We were buying full-size candy bars, two for a buck,” Anderson said. 

Mickey, from Roy, said she’s going to get creative this year to offset higher prices. She told KSL NewsRadio she was finding things at the dollar store to keep things affordable.

Regardless of price, Anderson said the once-a-year purchase is worth it.

“Most people, because it has to deal with kids … they’re willing to take a little bit more sacrifice and pay a little bit more to make them happy. I think that’s the fun of Halloween,” Anderson said. 

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Halloween candy is more expensive now, but people keep buying