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Despite rise in cost of candy, Pueblo West couple buys enough for 900 trick-or-treaters

The price of candy increased by more than 13% since September of 2021.
Posted at 8:51 PM, Oct 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-01 01:28:56-04

PUEBLO WEST — Sonia and Don Medina, a couple in Pueblo West, went above and beyond when buying Halloween Candy this year; 575 candy bars in 2021 just was not enough.

"This year we have enough for about 900 kids. We got enough for about 700, and then I decided we better get some more," said Sonia, as the couple geared up for trick-or-treaters on Monday night.

This is predicted to be one of the most expensive Halloweens in years. According to inflation data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of candy is up more than 13.1% in the U.S. since last September.

"We've noticed, but it's our way of giving back... It's once a year, so we do that and give back to our community," said Sonia.

The neighborhood on Pin High Drive in Pueblo West buzzed with kids in their costumes at dusk on Monday evening. The Medina's were busy handing out full-size candy bars, like they have done every year since 2005.

The couple says the neighborhood gets busier every single year.

"It's crazy because I think when we first started, we didn't even think we would get 50 kids and we were just handing out candy left and right. The first year he had to keep going to the store and getting more and more candy," said Sonia.

The couple say buying mini-candy bars would actually be more expensive than buying the big ones in bulk like they do.

Sonia says Halloween is a way "Forget real life for one night."


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