Halloween Safety and Scary Candy Facts

Some Halloween Safety Tips and Scary Candy Facts!

I just eat those tiny fun size candy bars!  No problem…right?  I was wandering around the web and found some scary candy facts that I thought I’d share for Halloween!  First though, here are some Halloween Safety Tips!

158 million people will participate in Halloween this year.  If you are one of them, please keep these safety tips in mind

  • Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least 2 buddies go with you. Be very cautious of strangers. And accept treats only in the doorway – never go inside a house.
  • Plan the entire route and make sure everyone knows what it is. Visit only houses where the lights are on.
  • Walk on sidewalks and driveways when possible, and cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk. Don’t cut across yards where debris and other hard-to-see objects can cause serious injuries.
  • Be very wary of fire. Make sure that you are wearing a flame retardant costume. And don’t play near lit jack-o-lanterns.
  • Carry some essential travel gear … a watch, a flashlight, an alarm whistle and a cellular phone, if possible.
  • Wear reflective tape on your costume so drivers can see you.  The flashlight comes in handy for being visible to drivers, too.
  • Check all candy before you eat it and immediately throw out any candy that appears to have been opened.

And as promised, here are some scary candy facts: The average American eats almost 25 pounds of candy every year. About 50% of that candy comes from the 51 chocolate bars that Americans eat every year.  Not surprisingly, we will purchase about 25% of that candy in the days leading up to and following Halloween!

  • We spend about $8 Billion on average every year.  About $2.03 Billion of that is spent on Halloween candy.
  • More than 34,000 people are employed in the United States because of the candy industry.
  • Mars Inc. products are the #1 and #2 best-selling candy products in the world today: M&Ms and Snickers bars.
  • Americans purchase nearly 600 Million Pounds of candy for Halloween.
  • The most popular candy for search engines: candy corn, which is 10% of all candy-related searches.
  • Candy Corn is the 2nd most popular Halloween candy after Chocolate.
  • U.S. chocolate manufacturers use 3.5 million pounds of whole milk every day to make chocolate.
  • The U.S. ranks number 1 in the world in terms of the annual retail volume of consumed sugar, chocolate, and gum

Candy consumption has actually declined over the last few years: in 1997, each American gobbled or savored more than 27 pounds a year. That data is from the census bureau.

The two real Scary Candy Fact that I found while searching the web are these:

  1. The average amount of calories in a fun-sized candy bar: 60-100. and scariest of all:
  2. It only takes 5 fun-sized candy bars and no other dietary adjustments for someone to gain 1 pound of weight per week.

Happy Halloween!!


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