Trick or Treat

If you contribute to the estimated $3. billion in Halloween candy sales in the US, you might be interested to know what is most popular in your state.

The surprising winner was candy corn, selected by at least 6 states.

Huh ??

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Garden

For me, it has to have chocolate, and maybe nuts and or peanut butter. So, for sure Reese Cup, Snickers, Butterfinger, M & M peanut.

We’ve never been a fan of “Fun Size”, and since we average only 30 to 40 visitors, have turned to salty snack bags and cookies for the past few years.

Chips, pretzels, popcorn, and this year, Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies will be on tap. has collected sales data for the past 10 years, and provides the interactive map.

Including costumes, decorations and other festivities, the National Retail Federation estimates that $9.1 billion will be spent on Halloween this year, and not just on humans.

For the past 27 years, a dog parade and costume contest has been held in New York City, drawing a national crowd. This past weekend, the Tompkins Square event awarded its first prize to this NYC double-decker bus full of French bulldog tourists.

Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

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56 Responses to Trick or Treat

  1. joey says:

    Cute doggy bus is cute! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Given the recent influx of young families on our street, I think we may actually get trick-or-treaters this year. We have had 0 in four years, although we did go out that first year, so maybe … Anyway, I think we’ll have some this year. I like the idea of cookies, that’s a good one!
    I eat Reese’s cups in October like it’s tradition. I am truly surprised Hot Tamales top the list for Indiana. Moo loves candy corn and she gets an entire bag to herself (which she never finishes) as the rest of us hate it.

    • There is a cyclical thing in neighborhoods, ours had young families 20 years ago. Now, they are carpooled in from other communities, I think. A few times, I was rummaging through my pantry, before turning off the lights at 9 pm. I was surprised about those Hot Tamales, too. ????

      • joey says:

        We were family #3 when we got here and we’ve since gotten #s 4, 5 and 6. I think it’s nice to see a renewal, but I do miss a few of my older neighbors who are no longer with us, well, they’re just no longer, you know?

        Sassy eats Hot Tamales, but I had no idea they’re so popular here.

      • It’s a very specific and spicy taste. And yes, sad to lose those seniors in the community.

  2. I have always thought children bring an important joy to this world. This is a great day and way to see their excitement in action. I remember being very jealous of my older sister who was fortunate enough to be born on this day. Talk about parties……

  3. DGGYST says:

    How I loathe candy corn!

  4. We got lucky with Halloween. We have no sidewalks so hence no kids and no money spent on candy. For me my preference has to be chocolate. No doubt there! I concur with you!! LOL

  5. C.E.Robinson says:

    Interesting info, Van! Halloween candy must be a mix of Hersheyโ€™s chocolates. At least some nutrients in them. Same for Easter! Even though those sugary Easter Peeps are cute. Happy Week! ๐ŸŒท Christine

  6. I love those peanut butter cups! We usually have give out small bags of Haribo sweets in Halloween shapes, or eyeball gobstoppers, sometimes lollipops.

  7. Kids must experience candy corn. It’s gross now but as a kid I knew it was Halloween when candy corn appeared. Maybe you can do a post on how Halloween became over commercialized holiday like all others. My husband doesn’t even know why we have this non-sense. Maybe a 100 year old drama? Have a great day Van. M

  8. Wow Halloween is big business! I do not like candy corn! Love Peanut butter and also chewy candies!

  9. Candy corn? Really? Blech. I can’t stand the stuff. We were using it all last week for educational purposes in my preschool classroom – as counting chips etc – and I was not remotely tempted to nibble some. Yuck. We have loads of kids in our neighbourhood so we stock up for Halloween, including some non-edible treats for the kids with allergies.

  10. Erika Kind says:

    I love the Halloween tradition and wish it was more popular over here. When my kids were little there actually were some kids treat or treating… most of all because of my kids’ inspiration. But we did not have to buy a lot of candies to give away!

    • It’s interesting how the All Saint’s, All Soul’s Days are celebrated in other countries, Erika. Maybe, a bit more reverent ? Halloween is big in the U.S.

      • Erika Kind says:

        I loved going trick or treating with my little daughter when we lived in the States. When we were back I have always decorated and even went trick or treating with the kids as long as they were little. But over here All Saints is celebrated on November 1 (in memory of all the deceased ones) and that is why most people feel it was inappropriate to celebrate. Also they are not used to it since it is not the tradition. So there is a different kind of tradition with a similar origin.

  11. I love people having fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ Candy. Costumes. Laughing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good stuff.

  12. I love the holiday and Candy Corn is fine by me! We have a mini parade in down with all the little kids and we pelt them with candy (sweetly). It’s great fun. Thanks for the smile, Van. โค

  13. I love a handful of candy corn and salted peanuts! ๐Ÿ˜

  14. Lisa A. says:

    I love alI chocolate especially Kit-Kat and Snickers. Candy corn is like a punishment for bad behavior! I remember some people also giving away these nasty orange and black wrapped candies that were chewy peanut butter. They were gross too.

  15. Ally Bean says:

    We have anywhere from 120 to 220 kids each year. It varies depending on the weather and day of the week. We’re giving out fun size snickers OR a plastic bloody eyeball! [You’d be surprised by how many kids like them over candy.]

  16. Laura says:

    CANDY CORN? I don’t even know what to do with that. I haven’t eaten it in forever so maybe they’ve changed the recipe; all I remember is spitting out that disgusting piece I tried years ago.

    We have tons of kids come through because we live out in the county in one of the few “real” neighborhoods around. (Most houses are off the main roads.) Past years we haven’t had a true measure — candy’s gone out in a bowl on the honor system (ha!) — but the kids want to go with their friends (aka not with their embarrassing parents) this year so we’ll be manning the porch. Hope it’s warm!

  17. I’m ready for the trick or treaters, Van, However, it’ll be chocolate I’ll be handing out. Even though I love the stuff, I don’t want my windows pelted with eggs. Second thoughts, maybe I should offer them eggs? Just imagine the surprise on their faces. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  18. George says:

    The amount of money spent on candy in a short period of time is mind boggling…. Just crazy. That being said….I still want mine ๐Ÿ˜Š

  19. It is becoming big business here too now Van, and my hubby who was shopping the other day saw a man chalk up a bill of ยฃ48 and in his trolley with his little girl by his side was nothing but Halloween Party items and treats.. I bake, and offer some sweets/candy.. but they all go for the sweets first.. โค Loved that photo

  20. I’m usually not home for Halloween, since I’ve lived in apartments for most of my adult life, and don’t have children. 20 years in NYC started me on the habit of going out for the night – mostly in costume, but sometimes not in the past decade. I used to walk the Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village (costumed, natch – even made the Native one year), then head to a party somewhere – public or private. There have been a few years since moving from NY where I joined a friend on her porch to hand out candy – fun to see the costumes, but not anything like I recall from my childhood.

    Chocolate gets my vote these days – even though I am one of those rare adults who still likes a handful of candy corn at Halloween. Candy apples and popcorn balls were a favorite when I was a kid.

    My puppy TinkerToy’s doing a 2017 reblog of his post last year, posting on the 31st, and will include a link here among those he features from “the two-legses.”
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