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Survey Finds Halloween Candy Costs Up This Year

By Tara Clow Oct 27, 2022 | 10:31 AM

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A recent survey by Dalhousie University looked at Halloween candy and how much Canadians plan to spend.

Candy is a huge part of celebrations for Halloween, but the cost is up over 13 per cent this year.

It is also estimated that Canadians this year will spend an average of $22.40 on candy, which equates to $486 million spent on candy for the entire country, during the month of October.

Over 5,500 Canadians were surveyed between October 12 and 17 by Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab.

When buying treats, 62 per cent said they only buy the type of candy that they would also eat themselves.

As for how many items they typically give out, two per trick-or-treater was the most popular answer.

Once Canadians close the door on October 31st and turn off the porch light, what are the plans for the leftover candy?

Sixty-seven percent of Canadians say they will eat it, and around four percent will be giving it away.

As for choosing a location to buy candy, Walmart is the number one option for Canadians at almost 23 per cent, followed by Costco at over 21 per cent.

Discount grocery stores are third at almost 21 per cent, followed by traditional grocery stores.

The full results can be found HERE.


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