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Residents balk at price of trick-or-treat candy

Ahead of Halloween, the high price of candy has some residents going overseas for their trick-or-treat stocks.

“$34 for one little bag?” asked insurance worker Chante Daniels, 40.

“That's all I have to say. $34 for one bag of candy that comes with what, 18 little other bags?” she said. “No way.”

Ms Daniel's colleague, Tijuana Bremar, shared a similar view: “I can't afford it. So I will definitely buy candy overseas, because you can get that big, big bag for about $25 and that can feed about 12 neighbourhoods!”

“I love Halloween”, said human resources manager Debbie Lewis, 53. “We have over 120 kids come to our house. We bag [the candy] up the night before and hand it out. We are that house. But because we need so much, and for the assortment, we buy our candy overseas. I only buy candy I like.”

Mrs Lewis' daughter was visibly excited for the “holiday”, which they consider a family tradition.

“She's got a whole process,” said insurance underwriter Stephanie Pullen, 29, of her mother's Halloween habits. “She bags it all out. She gets four or five of us and we pack all the bags with one lollipop, one piece of gum, one gummy, one hard candy, and then a fun one, like a Snickers or M&M.”

Other residents, however, were not anticipating a pinch as they stock up on their sweets.

“Yeah, I'll probably be buying as much candy as I did last year,” said accountant Jessica Botelho, 24. “We have probably about ten trick-or-treaters come by our house. I was a trick-or-treater once, so I get it. You want buttons, or smarties, stuff like that. We have to think of the children!”

Brian Howarth, 33, a manager, said: “[I won't be buying] any less, no. The wife handles that.”

“Yes, I'll be buying the same amount, which is very, very little,” said retiree Helen Maderios, 64. “Hardly any kids come to our neighbourhood. It's all us older people.”

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Published October 19, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 19, 2013 at 9:39 am)

Residents balk at price of trick-or-treat candy

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