Halloween candy is either one of two things- really cheap but a no-name, never heard of it, crappy candy brand, or a great candy brand everyone will like but super expensive. Learn the best places to buy Halloween candy and the worst places you should just stay away from.
The best Halloween candy places to buy from? Bulk discount stores, like Win-co, Sam’s Club, and Costco. These are places where you can get giant bags of brand-name, popular candy without breaking the bank. If you don’t have membership cards to Sam’s Club or Costco, go with a friend or sibling who has one and stock up. Win-co is great because you can get everything for cheap without having to have a membership to shop there. Plus, most Win-cos are open 24 hours, or at least open late so you can find time to shop and get great deals on Halloween candy.
Wal-Mart and Target are also great, but not as cheap as the stores mentioned above. You are bound to get some name-brand candy that the trick-or-treaters will love, but not as cheap as you could find elsewhere. Still, these are great stores that are reliable in having good Halloween candy on-hand if price is not really an issue.
Stay away from dollar stores and discount stores for Halloween candy. Sure, the candy is cheap, but it also tastes cheap. You can check them out to see if they have something worth buying, but even if they have a bag of Snickers for a buck, it’s not going to be enough to feed all your trick-or-treaters. So if you buy 5 bags to accommodate your needs, that’s $5 you spent, when you could have spent a bit less and just gotten a larger bag from Wal-Mart or Target. See how that works? However, if all you are planning on giving out is Tootsie Rolls or Smarties, the dollar stores are your best bet for a decent deal. If you really don’t care about what you give out, then these stores may be for you, but expect to buy more than just one bag, and you may actually spend more money than you would anywhere else. Just be careful.
Always look in the newspaper for local deals from your neighborhood grocery stores as well for Halloween candy. They may be your best bet of all. These stores want to get rid of the candy now before the holiday is over, and especially if you wait until about a week before Halloween, you are sure to get a decent buy at your local grocery store. They want to sell as much of their holiday candy as possible, as it will end up in their discount bin the day after Halloween anyhow. They want to make money before it ends up 75% off, so jump on those local deals.
If you shop smart and know where to look, you are sure to end up with great Halloween candy options without spending a lot of money! Happy Halloween!