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Michigan Live: Don’t expect king-sized treats. Candy prices are spooky this Halloween.

October 17, 2022

On Halloween, children fill up buckets (or pillow cases) with little chocolate bars, candy corn and sweet snacks.

But many trick-or-treaters know there’s that one house that gives away king-sized candy bars.

Michele Podbielski is that house in her St. Clair Shores neighborhood. But as costs rise, Podbielski, 33 and a stay-at-home foster parent, is rethinking her two-year tradition of doling out big candy bars and bags of chips to trick-or-treaters.

“Food, decorations, gas, everything has gone up,” she said.

After years of living in an apartment, Podbielski and her husband, a construction worker, went big during their first Halloween as homeowners in 2020. They bought king- and full-sized Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers and Airheads to dole out to costumed children.

“We had a really good turnout,” she said. “So last year, we wanted to do it again, but we noticed it was significantly more expensive than the year before — the same stuff. We still did it. We just weren’t able to get as much.”

Podbielski estimates she spent about $90 on candy two years ago and $120 last year. She’s now bracing for even higher costs this Halloween as candy prices jumped 13.1% in a year, federal data shows.

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