While many think that it is too early to start talking about Halloween candy, stores are already lining their shelves with chocolaty goodness and packing aisles with holiday treats and costumes. On Sep. 12 Business to Community shares a shocking statistic that parents may want to start thinking about before the sugar-coma inducing holiday approaches. According to the site, Americans spend over $2 billion a year on over 90 million pounds of Halloween candy a year. That's an average of $44 per family each Halloween season.
Candy industries claim that over 25-percent of their yearly revenue is made on Halloween alone. Among the most popular Halloween candies are Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, M&Ms, and Snicker's bars. More than half of the 90 million pounds of candy is chocolate alone. The only holiday to rival Halloween in candy sales is Valentine's Day, however, the sales there are significantly lower.
While many parents reading this are likely sickened by that sugary statistic, there are ways that you can still have fun on Halloween, without being a contributor to childhood diabetes, cavities, and hyperactivity. Instead of choosing to hand out candy, there are safe alternatives such as boxes of raisins, or packages of fruit snacks. If you would like to forego the food idea altogether, Halloween themed items such as pencils, erasers, spider rings, stickers, or other treats are a fun way to celebrate without breaking the bank and being the house that gets egged for handing out toothbrushes.