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The Most Frightening Part of Halloween

As a child, I felt cheated that my mom only let me take around a small pumpkin basket to collect candy on Halloween when so many of my friends ditched the small baskets for king-size pillowcases to maximize their candy haul. Although my sister would organize, save, and ration her candy for months, I, on the other hand, would eat most of my candy the very day I had collected it.

Even my small pumpkin basket was a scary amount of sugar.

Sugar intake during Halloween is scary for children (and adults, let’s face it!) This meme going around on Facebook (from @thewear) has certainly been getting a lot of “likes”.  

White background with black words on the picture that say: "The month of October is just a vicious circle of buying a bag of candy for Halloween and then buying another bag because you ate the first one yourself."

               This “relatable” post shows that obviously, Halloween is not just a problem for the children! Check out these scary stats on Halloween:

  

Blue background image with Halloween statistics: "Americans will spend $2.08B on candy during Halloween. That equals 600 million pounds of candy, Which is equivalent to the weight of 6 Titanic ships. 35 million pounds of that are candy corns Which if laid out end to end, would wrap around Earth 4.25 times. The average American consumes 3.4 pounds of candy And up to 7,000 calories on Halloween Day (equivalent to 13 Big Macs!)"

 

But that’s not even the scariest part… For many American children, Halloween is not just a “one day splurge” but a terrifying look into their daily, uncontrolled diet. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that sugar makes up 16% of the calorie intake for the average child every single day!       

At this point, you may be wondering how you can avoid being a cranky neighbor when children come knocking on your door, or a party-pooper mom when your children want to collect the goods Halloween night. Check out this article for some helpful suggestions to enjoy Halloween in a healthy way!

               Happy Halloween!

 

Did you know that peanut butter cups are the #1 most popular Halloween candy? The "snack size" has 22 grams of sugar! Try out these copycat Reeses for a tasty, sugar-free Halloween treet! 

 

Resources: 

Burn, by Daily. “13 Scary Halloween Health Stats You Need to See.” Life by Daily Burn, 1 Nov. 2017, dailyburn.com/life/health/scary-halloween-facts/.

“How Much Candy Do We Eat At Halloween?” Visual.ly, visual.ly/community/infographic/food/how-much-candy-do-we-eat-halloween.

“Infographic: For American Children, Every Day Is Halloween.” Union of Concerned Scientists, www.ucsusa.org/our-work/food-agriculture/expand-healthy-food-access/infographic-halloween-every-day.

 


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