Halloween Candy Will Cost 13% More Compared To Last Year

Sweets of all kinds are more expensive than they were last year, largely because of major increases in the prices of sugar and flour.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28:  U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to children as they trick-or-treat during a Halloween at the White House event at the South Portico of the White House October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The cost of Halloween increase was reported in the most recent inflation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The cost increase of 13.1% in the bureau’s Consumer Price Index report for September is the largest yearly increase in candy prices recorded in the CPI report.
  • For comparison, it took nine years, from 1997 to 2006, for candy prices to rise 13%.
  • Americans collectively are spend about $3.1 billion on candy this season, according to the National Retail Federation, an industry trade group.

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