Before you step out the door, consider some of these scary stats…
- Consumers spend over $2 billion dollars each year on Halloween candy, according to the National Confectioners Association.
- The average child collects between 3500 calories and 7000 calories worth of candy on Halloween according to Dr. Donna Arnett, chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Public Health.
- 90% of parents sneak candy from their kids’ trick-or-treating stash.
- Americans consume 24.7 pounds of candy each year.
- After your child goes trick-or-treating, have them sort their stash into two piles – favorites and not-so-favorites. Allow them to choose 1 small piece from the favorites pile each day or two, and toss or donate the other pile.
- Keep the remaining candy somewhere out of sight, and you might be surprised at how many children forget about the remaining candy after a few days.
- Don’t let candy be a substitute for normal, nutritious snacks and meals.
- Consider trading in the candy at a “buy-back” event. Participating dentists will “buy” children’s candy in exchange for cash, prizes, or coupons for goods at local businesses. The dentists then donate the candy to Operation Gratitude to support U.S troops.
- Or be the “Halloween Fairy!” After your kids choose 5 or 10 candies they want to keep, have them put the rest in a bag on their door handle when they go to sleep. At night, exchange the candy for a small gift.