Posted on by Paula Gallagher
This may be my eldest’s last time trick-or-treating. He may not seem as interested in it as when he was little, but I know that he is secretly excited about getting a bagful of candy for a couple hours of walking. Whether you have a 3-year-old or a 13-year-old, Halloween night usually means a lot of candy. In fact, the average kid will take home 7 pounds of candy!
Here are some other fun and interesting facts about Halloween:*
- Americans are estimated to spend over $3 billion on Halloween candy this year. That may explain the 7 pounds of candy per kid!
- 7 millions kids between 5 and 14 are expected to go trick or treating.
- 67% of Americans plan to give out candy this Halloween.
- 86% of parents admit to sneaking candy from their children’s Halloween bags.
- 88% of parents have a plan for helping their children enjoy their loot in moderation.
- Jack-o'-lanterns come from the Irish tradition of carving out rutabagas, potatoes and turnips.
- America’s favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, followed by Skittles and M&M’s.
Halloween is supposed to be fun, unfortunately, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. So before kids head out, check out these safety tips from safekids.org.
Top Tips for Staying Safe on Halloween
1. Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags, and wear light colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers.
2. Accompany kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
3. When driving, slow down and be alert! Kids are excited on Halloween and may dart into the street. Turn on headlights early in the day to spot kids from further away.
4. Remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks.
5. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose face paint over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision.
6. Go over safety tips with your kids before heading out.
So, stay safe on Halloween night and make sure to brush and floss after nibbling on all that sugar!
*Facts from US Census Bureau.
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