Hand Out Halloween Candy Without Going Broke

Save on Halloween Candy

According to Statistics Canada, $331 million dollars was spent on Halloween candy in 2009. $331 million dollars. That a lot of money to fork over for junk food (because let’s be honest, no one is handing out apples these days – well, except maybe a few dentists!).

Halloween candy is one of the best things about the holiday (right?), but that doesn’t mean you need to shell out an absurd amount of money for it.

Here are 5 ways to save money on Halloween candy:

1. Set a budget

The very first thing you need to do before buying your candy, is to determine how much money you can realistically afford to spend.

Set a strict budget and keep it in mind when you make your purchases.

2. Shop the sales

Come October, there will be sales on candy and chocolates all over the place.

Be sure to watch the flyers of stores in your area and stock up on Halloween items when they are priced cheaply at those stores.

The later into October you go, the cheaper the items will be, but keep in mind that if you wait until October 31st to buy candy, you’re not going to have the best selection (if you can find any at all).

3. Buy in bulk

Like anything, stocking up on inexpensive items is a fantastic way to save money. This includes Halloween candy.

When you do see sales at your local stores, be sure to stock up. Don’t go overboard, though. Remember your budget, and stop once you get there.

In addition, bulk stores, such as Costco, often have great deals on Halloween candy. If you’re able to go to one of those stores, do it, and see what you can find.

4. Give non-chocolate treats

Chocolate costs much more than a big box of Skittles or Twizzlers, so if you’re looking to save money on Halloween candy, pick those up instead.

Kids just want free candy. They don’t care if it’s chocolate, candies, gum, chips or Cheetos. If it’s junk, they’ll eat it. Well, mine will, anyway.

5. Shop the dollar store

Many dollar stores have Halloween candy for sale; often name-brand candies and chocolates.

This is a great place to buy goodies for the kids in your neighbourhood, for much less than you would pay at a big-box retailer like Walmart.

Note: Always check the expiration date on items you purchase from dollar stores, as I have had some people tell me they found many expired food items at those stores.

6. Hand stuff out yourself

Finally, to avoid kids taking all of your candy in less than 20 minutes (this seriously happened to me one year) by picking what they want themselves, you hand it out.

When you allow kids to pick out their own candy, they tend to grab a huge handful, instead of just one or two pieces. Don’t give them this option.

If you want to save money on Halloween candy, do a bit of planning this year. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Whether you choose to buy non-chocolate treats, shop at dollar stores or just wait until a good sale comes along, the important thing to remember is that being generous by handing out candy doesn’t mean you have to go broke.

Purchase what you can afford, hand it out, and go relax. Save some candy for yourself. The good stuff.

How do you save money on Halloween candy?

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Comments
  1. Tara says:

    Were never home to hand out candy and considering my daughters bday is the week before I really need to watch the budget. But I do something little up for each of the kids in her class one year I did worms in dirt, another one was clear plastic glasses with orange jello and green whip cream on the top and drew on them to make them look like pumpkins. My daughter loves the houses that give her things that are different such as the popcorn and such so I think thats a great idea Jessica

  2. TallNFunny says:

    Good tips as usual Cassie!
    I have to agree with Faby. Don’t give out the cheapest candy you could find. I remember receiving those “candy kisses” or candies hard as a rock. Didn’t appreciate them, couldn’t eat them and they ended up getting thrown out. Better off giving out less of better quality stuff and just putting a sign on the door that sorry, candy is gone.

  3. KD says:

    If you have a good rapport with your dental professional (dentist, hygienist, etc), talk to them. Most will gladly give you a big bag of sample tubes of toothpaste to hand out in lieu of the sugar sweets. Even if you want to include a small treat along with it, it will help both the kids and the budget.

  4. Erica says:

    This will be my first Halloween living on my own and I’ve decided not to give out treats. Being in a new subdivision surrounded by other subdivisions I have a feeling a lot of kids will be out and I just don’t have the cash to do it. Plus I don’t really feel like sitting outside all night.

  5. Linda says:

    I work nights and am usually asleep when the kids are out and about. I don’t think there are many in my neighbourhood anyway.

  6. Janet says:

    Buy things you like in case you overbuy. The first year we moved to the neighbourhood we bought a huge box of chocolate bars, knowing there would be lots of kids since we were so close to the elementary school, but since we live on such a small street that even the local paper boys forget about, we had about 10 kids. The same every year.

  7. Lisa says:

    My main concern when buying candy, or any food for my family, is where it was manufactured. If it’s Canada or USA, I’ll buy it. If it’s China or doesn’t indicate, I pass. And yes, I spend a lot of time reading labels when I shop but to me it’s worth it.

    • Betty says:

      I do the same as you Lisa. That’s probably the reason why I take longer to shop than most people (as I always read the labels). If label reads “Processed in Canada” I have been told by local farmers that they import the fruits/veggies, etc. to Canada & that it’s processed here (eg. apple juice). So I skip labels that say processed in Canada too.

  8. debbie says:

    Buy the club pack of individual hot chocolate from NoFrills/Fortinos/Loblaws the yellow box….hand those out for kids over 4 yrs of age and buy a bag of suckers for the wee ones and give them a couple each seeing how huge bags of suckers are dirt cheap.
    We never know how many kids we’ll get so the hot chocolate works out great and we just drink up the leftovers over the winter. When my adult kids were young they really appreciated when a neighbour handed out the hot chocolate …they’d come home, sort candy and have their hot chocolate.

  9. Ramona says:

    We love Halloween at our house. It can be a bit $$$ though….so we pick up those little loot bag cellophane type baggies from the dollar store (20-25 in the pack) and put in 2 pcs. of chococlate and a couple of spooky stickers, tie it with an orange ribbon and hand 1 out to each kid. It looks nice and it saves a lot of money….really stretches the sweets out…we have a huge kid neighbourhood here and this year we expect over 100 kids! I usually get together with a girlfriend or 2 and have a little bag stuffing afternoon with coffee and chit chat and end up eating a few sweets too…lol…Happy Halloween everyone!!

  10. Angie says:

    I go to Costco and get a box of granola bars and get juice boxes at the beginning of the school year when they r on sale and give those out. We live in the country so average about 25-30 kids. Then whatever is left over my kids can take to school.

  11. Dawn says:

    Every year I give away the huge freezies. I get a box of 28-30 at the end of the summer season for anywhere from $1.99-$3.00. The kids LOVE them. I am now known as the freezie house!! Works for me and it is cheap. :)

  12. Melissa says:

    What I do is stock up on November 1st every year. Walmart (at least ours) always over-buys by a LOT so selection isn’t really an issue, and the candy is always 50 – 75% off. Then we just store it in the basement stock pile until the following Halloween. And don’t let expiration dates scare you, those things are a joke most of the time and ALMOST anything sealed or frozen (obviously I don’t mean meat and dairy here!) is good for months and sometimes even years after the date on the package – just check any chocolate for blooming before you hand it out (good excuse to eat a few!).

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