|Katarina Avendaño, Taylor Worden|
Halloween might be the spookiest month of the year, but it’s also the sweetest! Whether you dress up in a show-stopping Halloween costume or spend the night watching scary horror movies and wait for trick-or-treaters, there is always candy involved.
From favorites like Snickers and Twix to Skittles and Starbursts, getting prepped with enough Halloween candy is a must as ghouls and ghosts roam the streets on October 31st. But if you live in a neighborhood with several trick-or-treaters, buying plenty of Halloween candy can add up quickly and become costly. Luckily, we’re here to help you find the best and cheapest Halloween candy.
From stores like Walmart, Amazon, Target and more, you can easily find all the candy that you could want at an affordable price for Halloween night! Your best bet will likely be to buy in bulk, especially if you plan to attend other festivities like Halloween parties.
However, if you want to go a less sugary route, we have healthier Halloween candy options that are low in sugar and absolutely tasty. And of course, there are also non-candy Halloween treats like glow sticks, frightful scrunchies and more! Whether it’s candy or toys that you decide to pass out to trick-or-treaters, we have included a range of prices and affordable options that will give you the biggest bang for your buck this Halloween!
Best Online Stores for Halloween Candy
If you’re a member, take advantage of Amazon Prime perks like two-day shipping come Halloween. Make sure you’re ordering from the actual candy retailer and not a third-party seller, which can be dangerous because it’s not packaged to the company’s same standards.
Take advantage of Target’s bulk buys, but don’t overlook the $5-and-under section in the front of the store. Not only do they have under-the-radar deals on adorable Halloween decorations for your yard, but your local store may also have some cheap candy in there, too.
Make sure and check each package’s quantity, because although some of these variety bags cost the same, they come with a different amount of candies. To make sure you’re leaving no trick-or-treater behind, it’s always a good idea to get as many candies as possible (and hey, you’ll be happy to have a few extra).
Tip: Load up on a few variety packs to please different palettes. Not only will you be the coolest house on the street, but you’ll probably have a variety of candies that you can save for yourself. A win-win for everyone involved!
Party City has a little bit of everything, from decorations to plenty of items for a homemade Halloween costume. Plus, a killer selection of Halloween candy. Aside from the classic assortments of goodies, find bags big enough to please all of your party guests and more specialized candies that align with specific themes.
Oriental Trading Company
If you’re looking for a bulk buy, look no further than Oriental Trading Company. Not only do they have impressive deals on 1,000-piece assortments and novelty candy, they also have tons of Halloween-themed offerings for anyone looking to tap into the frights and fun that the holiday brings.
Does candy get cheaper after Halloween?
Yes, Halloween candy is the cheapest right after the holiday has passed! Directly after Halloween, bulk candy for the holiday often gets heavily marked down. So, if you’ve still got a sweet tooth after Halloween night, take advantage of those sales to stock up on candy for the rest of the spooky season. Some unopened candy can even last up to a year, so stock up for the next year directly after the holiday ends.
Is buying candy in bulk cheaper?
One of the cheapest hacks for Halloween candy? Buy in bulk. Halloween candy can be expensive, but buying in bulk gives you the most bang for your buck. Most Halloween candy deals are for bulk, so it’s the best way to get the most value for the greatest amount of candy. Plus, you know you’ll have plenty for all your trick or treaters, and a little extra never hurt.
Senior SEO Editor
Katarina Avendaño (she/her) is the senior SEO editor for Good Housekeeping, where she writes and edits lifestyle content and contributes to SEO strategy. Before joining GH in 2021, she was the digital editor at New York Family, where she was responsible for the website’s content and strategy. Katarina received her bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish from the University of Washington.
Assistant Digital Food Producer
Taylor Worden is Delish’s Assistant Digital Food Producer, where she creates recipe galleries, recipe updates and more. She was previously a freelance editor on the food team for Good Housekeeping, where she also contributed entertainment and culture pieces as a freelance writer. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and a lifelong love of writing. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, testing out a new pasta recipe, or rewatching one of her favorite shows.