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.
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.
Candystore.com 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.
Cute doggy bus is cute! 🙂
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. ????
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.
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……
Wow, that holiday birthday must have been exciting, Doc. And…so much better than the Christmas-born.
How I loathe candy corn!
Never been a favorite of mine, either. Maybe it’s popular because it is seasonal ? Like those marshmallow peeps at Easter…
Oh yea, those peeps….I also loathe them lol
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
We once lived in a community with long driveways up to home entrance. The kids didn’t want to walk up and back, so few came to the door. Yes on the chocolate !
Interesting info, Van! Halloween candy must be a mix of Hershey’s chocolates. At least some nutrients in them. Same for Easter! Even though those sugary Easter Peeps are cute. Happy Week! 🌷 Christine
I think I bought a few Peeps when we found out you could blow them up in the microwave ! We’re big Hershey fans, too.
Never thought about Peeps blowing up in a microwave. Glad there were no microwaves when my boys were young!!😄
I love those peanut butter cups! We usually have give out small bags of Haribo sweets in Halloween shapes, or eyeball gobstoppers, sometimes lollipops.
Over here, Reese’s makes them in pumpkin shape (more peanut butter filling), also trees for Christmas and eggs for Easter. Very popular. I don’t think I’ve ever had a gobstopper !
it would be even harder to resist them! 🙂
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
Every year, there is a township house decorating contest for Christmas, they have now added Halloween…the orange lights are showing up all over, M. It has become BIG business.
Wow Halloween is big business! I do not like candy corn! Love Peanut butter and also chewy candies!
That candy reminds me of the field corn we used to collect and toss at houses. (At least, we never threw the cob ! )
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.
That’s a really kind gesture for the kids with allergies, Laura. I remember using candy corn in school as well, the kids could eat it at the end.
I fully confess that I bribed three year olds with candy corn throughout last week.
Ha ha…I understand.
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.
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.
I love people having fun. 🙂 Candy. Costumes. Laughing. 🙂 Good stuff.
Sometimes creepy, but a surprisingly joy-filled holiday for most. Thanks, C.
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. ❤
I love those parades, we have one here that is so popular, lasts almost 2 hours. Local businesses enter floats in competition, along with the kids/bands in costume. Fun stuff, D.
Wow. That’s awesome. Our town is tiny and the parade lasts about 6 minutes. 😀
It’s bigger than the Christmas parade here.
I love a handful of candy corn and salted peanuts! 😍
Sweet and salty !
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.
I remember those chewy things, too. I think they came in bags of 1000.
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.]
The bloody eyeball…not surprising, it’s unique, and kinda gross. Perfect.
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!
We never tried that honor system…wonder how that worked out ???
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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. 😳
Ha ha…but your neighbors might not approve ??? Thanks, Hugh.
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 😊
I know. For years, I’ve been buying Reese cups, storing them in the freezer for the winter. Squirreling them away ???
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 £48 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.. ❤ Loved that photo
There are neighborhoods here that get hundreds of trick or treaters…it’s hard to imagine the $$ spent, Sue. Thanks.
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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Halloween is so very different for adults, especially in urban areas. I’m trying to picture that Village parade, M. Also, looking forward to your pup’s story. Thanks.
He’s an opinionated little guy with an out-of-the-box point of view – lol. I think he gets it from me. 🙂
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