Halloween shopping this weekend? Where to save and which coupons to use at Publix, Walmart, Target and Winn-Dixie

Shoppers come and go from a Target Store in the Shoppes at Park Place, Pinellas Park. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

The trick-or-treaters are upon us and with Halloween on most advertisers’ minds, this week’s deals are largely candy-centric.

Considering Americans will collectively spend about $9 billion this Halloween, it makes sense that every retailer is vying for your dollars. So let’s break down some of your options (and coupons, of course) to navigate what’s sure to be a busy shopping weekend for Halloween goodies.


Publix has a decent deal on Halloween candy if you’re buying a lot. Hershey’s brands of chocolate bags, between 15 and 20 ounces ($6.99), are buy two, get one free. That will make each bag about $4.66 and come out to nearly $14 total. But if you don’t need three bags of candy, there’s definitely cheaper options elsewhere this weekend.

Publix is also doing a BOGO on the Nestle’s 26- to 38-ounce bags. That means you can get roughly 160 pieces of candy for about $11.50. The store is also marking its spooky decor down 25 percent.

Welch’s fruit snacks are on sale for two for $4. A coupon in the SmartSource that came with the most recent Tampa Bay Times will knock off another 75 cents.

Mitchum deodorant is on sale for two for $6. You can grab one for $3 and save another $1 from the SmartSource from Oct. 17.

If you’re looking for a freebie, rebate app Ibotta has a deal on Lala Good Kids Super Smoothies. The rebate covers the $2.69 price of the pack of yogurts.


W-D’s 11-ounce bags are on sale for two for $6 (including Kit-Kats, Crunch bars, Reese’s, Butterfingers). That means you can grab one for $3. Snickers around the same size, however, will run 50 cents more apiece.

Reynolds Wrap is marked down by 50 cents, which you can save another $1 on with a coupon from this week’s RetailMeNot flier.

Farm Rich’s appetizers are marked down to $4.99 and you can save another 75 cents in SmartSource.

Target and Walmart

The battling retailers might have the best candy deals out there right now.

At Target you can grab 19- to 20-ounce bags of candy for $5 each. But that price drops to $4 each with a $2 off two bags Target coupon. The roughly 40-ounce bags of candy are $7 each and 60-ounce for $8, and the same coupon can be applied. (The coupon came in the Sunday Tampa Bay Times Target ad.)

Walmart has roughly 20-ounce bags for just $4.88 without a coupon and 10-ounce bags for $2.68 and 30-ounce bags for $9.94.

And some last few thrifty tidbits:

In case you need makeup to perfect your Halloween look this weekend: There are loads of coupons for L’Oreal and Maybelline in this week’s RetailMeNot you can match with sales at CVS (to get money back on a future purchase) or buy one, get one 50 percent off at Walgreens.

If you’re in need of a last-minute costumes, GoodWill has a Halloween section set up. A lot of the items are discount retail and are still in unopened packages.

Party City also included a 25 percent off any item coupon with Sunday’s newspaper.


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