The cool and damp weather that hit the area this week isn’t the only thing that has people feeling like fall has arrived ahead of schedule.
In stores across the region, Halloween-themed candy has already started to appear on shelves, and the spooky sight has some people — who say it’s far too soon to promote the fun-size treats — collectively shaking their heads.
Mike Mazzaferro, a Watertown resident, said he was taken aback by a display of black-and-orange Kit Kat bars and large bags of candy corn during a recent summer trip to a supermarket in Plymouth.
“I don’t understand who is buying candy corn” this time of year, he said. “It’s going to be there in September.”
When he asked a clerk why the candy was already out, the employee told Mazzaferro that it was “harvest candy,” and not necessarily just for Halloween, he said.
“What are they harvesting? It’s July,” Mazzaferro said. “I love fall as much as everyone. But I happen to like summer more. I don’t see the point of wishing it away, it’s not even August.”
Others have reported seeing pumpkin-shaped peanut butter cups and bags of color-coordinated candy corn for sale in Somerville and Mansfield.
A shopper in Carver shared a picture on social media last week that showed rows of candy-packed boxes at a Shaw’s location, marked “Hershey’s Halloween.” The photograph was captioned, “Umm excuse me.”
Ryan Lee said orange boxes with pictures of castles, witches, and black cats were stacked at a supermarket in East Boston that he recently visited. Inside the boxes were plastic bags overflowing with miniature Hershey’s chocolate bars and Almond Joys.
“I was thinking it was a little early,” he said in a telephone interview. “It’s not even August yet. I don’t ever remember seeing Halloween stuff up in July.”
Philip Tracey, a spokesman for Stop & Shop, said the candy in their stores is a “minimal product offering” ahead of a bigger push that typically takes place near Halloween.
Teresa Edington, a spokeswoman for Star Market and Shaw’s, said stores are in the process of setting up candy displays “to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our customers. The timing of this setup and display,” she said, “is consistent with past years.”
Still, some customers aren’t quite ready for the candy’s arrival.Steve Annear can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.