Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

A Supersweet Voyage to the Candy Factory

IHS Global Insight Economist Chris Christopher forecasts that candy prices, defined as the annual change in the candy and chewing gum subindex of the Consumer Price Index, is poised to rise 4.2 percent in October. Adding to the stress for Halloween shoppers: Cocoa prices have also been on a sustained uptrend, with some farmers blaming the effects of El Niño patterns that are taking shape. Photographs by Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Signage sits on the roof of the Ferrara Candy facility in Forest Park, Ill. On average, each American will spend $74 on candy, costumes, and decorations for Halloween in 2015, topping $6.9 billion in total spending, according to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Spending Survey.

Trolli brand mini sour gummy worms sit in molds during production at Ferrara.

Candy is mixed and cooked before being molded into gummy worms.

Trolli sour gummy candy falls through a shoot during packaging.

Sour gummy worms move along the production line.

Lemonheads are made by Ferrara.

Raw materials for gummy worms.

Spangler Candy Co.'s production facility stands in Bryan, Ohio.

An employee uses a ladle to dish out liquid flavoring for Dum Dum lollipops at Spangler.

A cook moves a large batch of lollipop candy to be fed into a press during production of Dum Dum lollipops.

Lollipop candy is stretched by mechanical arms.

Blue lollipops spin in a cooling machine.

Green lollipops sit in a bin before being individually wrapped.

Wrappers for Dum Dum lollipops.

Inspecting the lollipops.

Spending on Halloween candy is expected to creep up a modest 0.7 percent, its slowest pace of growth since 2009.

Crushed Dum Dum lollipops sprinkle the floor of the production line.