Snacks & Candy

Candy Sales Off to a Strong Start for Halloween

NCA reports 13% increase compared to 2019
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Image courtesy of the National Confectioners Association

WASHINGTON — New data from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) shows that Halloween chocolate and candy sales are up this year. For the four weeks ending Sept. 6 vs. the same period in 2019, total Halloween chocolate and candy sales are up 13%, growth that is driven by Halloween chocolate, which is up 25.3%, the association said.

The grocery channel is a key driver for the growth of Halloween chocolate and candy sales as consumer behaviors continue to evolve during the pandemic and more people shop at grocery stores more often. In the grocery channel alone, Halloween chocolate and candy sales are up 17.1%.

As governors and mayors across the country consult their public health departments on how to strike the right balance between safety and time-honored traditions, NCA is working with top public health experts, nutrition professionals and the CDC to help them and their constituents take the guesswork out of Halloween.

“There will be regional differences across the country in the way that people choose to celebrate the Halloween season throughout the month of October,” Washington-based NCA said in a statement. “Whether this means trick-or-treating, more candy bowl moments at home with family and close friends, or just more time celebrating the season throughout the month of October, one thing is for sure: Halloween is happening.”

Some new statistics:

  • 80% of people believe that they will find creative and safe ways to celebrate the Halloween season this year. This is up from just 63% in July.(NCA, Morning Consult)
  • 74% of millennial moms and young parents say that Halloween 2020 is more important than ever. (The Harris Poll)
  • 80% of the general public and 90% of millennial moms and young parents say they can’t imagine Halloween without chocolate and candy, and that trick-or-treating is irreplaceable. (The Harris Poll)
  • This reflects an independent survey from Insight to Action that found 70% of moms plan to celebrate the Halloween season with their children this year.
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently joined a growing wave of approval and support for a safe and creative Halloween 2020, including public health experts, community leaders, newspaper editorial boards and columnists who say that the public can prioritize safety and still have fun this fall with Halloween celebrations that could last all October long.

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