Halloween 2020

Halloween candy sales up as Americans prepare to celebrate safely

By Anthony Myers contact

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Halloween is happening - but people are encouraged to follow safety guidelines this year. Pic: GettyImages
Halloween is happening - but people are encouraged to follow safety guidelines this year. Pic: GettyImages

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Halloween candy sales have increased 8.6% in the United States and seasonal chocolates have seen 12.2% gains since October 4, according to new IRI data from the National Confectioners Association.

With under a week to go, the sales gains reflect the high levels of participation for Halloween, despite restrictions imposed on this year’s events because of COVID-19.

The NCA’s research reveals 96% of parents are planning to celebrate Halloween this year ‘in some way’ and 65% say they will participate in trick-or-treating. Additionally, 74% of young parents say Halloween 2020 is more important than ever.

Mint fresh

The mint category has also received a boost as Americans report they use mints to freshen their breath under their COVID-19 masks, along with chewing gum or hard candy.

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Safe and creative

In a campaign promoted by the NCA in support for a safe and creative Halloween 2020, big names such as Martha Stewart, Jamie Lee Curtis and Whoopi Goldberg have joined politicians and public health experts, community leaders, newspaper editorial boards and columnists who say Halloween celebrations can still be enjoyed under appropriate guidelines.

In a further boost for the industry, total US candy sales are up 4.3% since March 15, according to the data from the NCA.

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