Chocolate and candy on hand for trick-or-treaters this Halloween

By Anthony Myers

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Chocolate and candy plays a central role in Halloween traditions. Pic: GettyImages
Chocolate and candy plays a central role in Halloween traditions. Pic: GettyImages

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The American confectionery industry is looking forward to increasing sales this Halloween after a survey revealed 98% of Americans will be offering treats to young visitors knocking at their doors.

To begin the 2023 Halloween season and obtain a better understanding of current consumer attitudes and behaviours related to the holiday, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) conducted a survey uncovering new consumer insights, including the fact that 98% of Americans who welcome trick-or-treaters will hand out chocolate and candy.

Other insights from the NCA survey include:

  • 70% of consumers celebrating Halloween say the best way to enjoy treats is with friends and family.
  • 62% of Americans are looking for treats with a creepy or scary theme.
  • 60% of parents say they steal Halloween treats from their kids’ stash.
  • A time-honoured tradition of the Halloween season is trading candy with family and friends. Opinions abound on the ultimate deal, but most Americans agree they’d trade away some of their gummy candy in exchange for a chocolate treat.

According to the NCA, chocolate and candy play an important role in special occasions, seasonal celebrations and the American economy – and the Halloween season is an integral component of that, driving about $6 billion in confectionery retail sales each year.

The Halloween season is a cherished tradition that is enhanced by the central role that chocolate and candy play in making it fun, exciting and special for consumers all across the country​,” said John Downs, NCA president & CEO, said.

 “The excitement around the Halloween season has increased in recent years, resulting in consumers starting their celebrations sooner than in years past – with seasonal chocolate and candy, décor, costumes, and supplies hitting store shelves beginning earlier and earlier. Our member companies are collaborating in big ways with our retail partners and sharing in the enthusiasm by ensuring that the classic and innovative treats consumers know, and love are available as this major cultural moment of Halloween gets underway​.”

What are the top three #HalloweenTreats?​ Coming in first is chocolate, followed by gummy candy. And rounding out the top three is the iconic treat for the season: candy corn. (Find out what people say is the right way to eat candy corn​.)

Need some guidance on how to celebrate the season with balance in mind?​ NCA has a dedicated resource hub with tricks for treating throughout the Halloween season, fun facts to enhance your celebrations, and much more at​.

  • Survey Methodology: NCA’s Seasonal Survey was conducted in July 2023 by 210 Analytics, LLC using a self-administered, online questionnaire. The sample of 1,500 individuals mirrors the U.S. population in terms of key demographics, including age, income, ethnicity and region, with an oversample of 500 parents.

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