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