START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

Halloween Fun Facts and Healthy Tips

  • 1 of 2
Halloween Fun Facts and Healthy Tips

Here are a few Halloween fun facts from the National Confectioners Association:

  • 93 percent of children go trick-or-treating every year.
  • Each Halloween $2 billion is spent on candy.
  • 30 percent of kids report that they SORT their candy first when returning home with trick-or-treat loot
  • Kids say they prefer homes that give: anything made with chocolate (68 percent) followed by lollipops (9 percent), gummy candy (7 percent) and bubble gum or chewing gum (7 percent).
  • Parents favorite treats to sneak from their kidsí trick-or-treat bags are snack-size chocolate bars (70 percent sneak these), candy-coated chocolate pieces (40 percent), caramels (37 percent) and gum (26 percent).

Halloween is the most child-centered holiday of the year, with Christmas and Hannukah running closely behind.† Itís also the most sugar-centric day of the year, and perhaps should be considered the grand kick-off to a season of overindulging our appetites, climaxing at Thanksgiving, ending sometime between Christmas and New Yearís Day, when we vow to shed the holiday ten.

Most of us allow our children to enjoy some of the spoils from Halloween, but doling out loads of candy over the weeks and months that follow can skew a childís sense of the amount of sugar needed to make a treat sweet (and yummy), making healthful treats made with lower quantities of sweetener unappealing (a.k.a. yucky.)

Next: 4 tips for a happier and healthier Halloween

  • 1 of 2

Read more: Children, Conscious Consumer, Eating for Health, Family, Halloween, Holidays & Gifts, , , , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Terri Hall

Terri Hall lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. In addition to writing, Terri works with public television and radio stations/networks in the area of new media, and leads workshops on authentic and empowered living.

54 comments

+ add your own
2:07PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

thanks

5:10AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

I dont like the idea of taking the sweets away from the kids once they have been given. It is a mater of respect for ownership. I would exlain that it is not healthy to eat them all at once I would look after them for the child but to take them away could leave the child feeling that taking things that belong to others is ok. or just loosing trust in other people.

5:03AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

when I was a Kid I was never alowed to go trick ortreating as my parents saw it as beging.As for the glut of sweets I think the idea of throwing them away is apallingly wasteful. For other gluts of sweets easter and christmas being the main ones, we ware encouraged to sort our sweets by how well they would keep then ration them out so that we got a sensible amount each day for as long as they lasted.

4:59PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thanks

1:58PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

noted

8:25AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

thanks for sharing

2:30PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

must admit I love the Halloween pumpkin candies!

11:03AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

good to know

1:54AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thank you

7:45PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Every Halloween I give out non-food items that have a Halloween theme, such as little games or pencils and pads of paper.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Doesn't fit me or anyone I know. I call this a bunch of crap..

worth considering for some

Thanks! The bit about chickpeas is interesting--I'll have to start eating more of them :)

Thanks for sharing.

CONTACT THE EDITORS



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.