Halloween: Most Canadians buy candy they’d eat themselves


Trick-or-treat your self.

A brand new survey discovered most Canadians searching for Halloween candy this yr will search for candy treats they might eat themselves earlier than factoring in worth.

Researchers at Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab surveyed over 5,000 Canadians and located that 62 per cent of respondents selected candy for trick-or-treaters that they themselves would additionally get pleasure from. While 52 per cent mentioned they take into account the price of the candy first earlier than buying. 

Provinces west of Quebec listed candy they really prefer to eat as crucial standards when buying. Those east of Ontario would take into account the price of the candy first, together with 75 per cent of individuals in Newfoundland, 59 per cent in Nova Scotia, 58 per cent in P.E.I, 57 per cent in New Brunswick and 52 per cent in Quebec.

Most Canadians mentioned they most popular to buy at big-box shops like Walmart and Costco, with low cost grocery shops being the third most popular possibility. Additionally, 67 per cent of respondents mentioned they eat their leftover Halloween candy.

Sylvain Charlebois, the director of Agri-Food Analytics Lab, says whereas meals costs have been excessive in latest months, most Canadians appear optimistic concerning the upcoming holidays since that is the primary yr for a lot of being allowed to have a good time Halloween for the reason that pandemic.

“This is a unique year because it’s the first weekday Halloween in three years and of course it’s the first Halloween with little or no public health restrictions,” Charlebois informed CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “It’ll be interesting to see exactly how many kids are out trick or treating, but based on our results, the expectations are quite high,” he mentioned.

Since 2020, Canadians say they’ve seen a rise in treat-or-treaters as pandemic restrictions have been lifted. A complete of 32 per cent of respondents say they count on to see 11 to 30 trick-or-treaters and 31 per cent anticipate 31 to 75 trick-or-treaters.

Similar stories discovered most Canadians will spend both the identical sum of money or extra on their Halloween candy this yr. A report by HelloSafe mentioned Canadians will probably spend a mean of $22.40 on treats, an estimate of $486 million nationally throughout the month of October. The Retail Council of Canada additionally reported 86 per cent of Canadians plan to spend the identical or extra this yr in total Halloween festivities, with the typical spending a complete of $50.

“I don’t think people are overly concerned about prices,” Charlebois informed CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “If most consumers are driven by the fact that they’d rather buy something they’ll eat themselves, they’re probably looking forward to a very calm Halloween so they can eat the candy they just bought.”

While provide chain points had been a priority for some retailers earlier within the month, Charlebois says Canadians shouldn’t fear about not discovering candy or a dressing up in time for the large day.

“If you’re looking for candy on October 31 there will probably be some candy waiting for you at the store. Maybe you’ll have fewer choices, but I don’t think that we’re gonna see a shortage of any candy really.”


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