The Cheapest Halloween Candy
Halloween is just days away and if you haven’t already purchased your Halloween candy to hand out to the ghosts and goblins that come to your house for trick or treating, there is still time to get some great deals! There have been several promotions by retailers leading up to the big holiday, but if you are a last minute shopper, the best place to buy your candy is at Safeway.
Most Halloween candy is difficult to compare simply because every retailer buys different package sizes and configurations with unique upc codes, so they are not always directly comparable. The smaller fun size packages are for the most part comparable, so for purposes of comparison – that’s what we are sharing below.
Here are a couple of price comparisons of the 9-11 oz Mars (Snickers, Milky Way, Twix, etc) candy bags across local stores.
Safeway has the Mars candies on sale for just $2.00 through 10/31. The same bag is $3.00 at King Soopers, $2.67 at Target and $2.68 at Walmart, so if you buy 5 bags (55 oz), you’ll pay just $10 at Safeway, compared to $15.00 at King Soopers, $13.35 at Walmart and Target. The price per oz at Safeway is just $.18 per oz for these chocolates.
If you prefer Hershey’s Chocolates, the Hershey Fun Size Bags are on sale for $2.50 at Safeway through Sunday 10/29. Here’s how Hershey’s Chocolates compare across Colorado stores: Safeway is the cheapest with a 3 Day sale on Hershey’s Chocolates 8 – 10 oz bags for $2.50, which is $.23 per oz. If shopping at Target, be sure to check your Target Cartwheel account for Halloween candy coupons up to 30% off through the 28th.
Another popular option is the Tootsie Roll Child’s Play bag. This 3.5 lb. bag is just $5.99 at Safeway ($.11 per oz), compared to $7.99 at King Soopers ($.14/oz), $7.00 at Target ($.13/oz) and Walmart is carrying a 63oz bag for $9.94, which is $.16/oz. This happens to be the best value for the money across all Colorado stores.
Costco has a 150 ct. All Chocolate Candy Bag that includes 89.6 oz of Hershey and Mars Chocolates, which ends up at $.21 per oz and a 92 oz bag of Skittles, Life Savers and more chewy, non-chocolate candy for $15.99, which is $.17 per oz.
The cheapest candy deal is the Tootsie Roll Child’s Play 3.5 lb bag at Safeway. For just $5.99 – you are paying just $.11 per oz and getting a ton of candy to hand out on Halloween! If you need Halloween accessories or costumes – head to King Soopers where you will find an extra 40% off of Halloween costumes, accessories, plates, etc.
Eva Fry is a grocery industry and pricing analyst and the founder of the free, consumer uGrocery price comparison app.