For a child, that equals a week's worth of calories. And just in case you're an adult who wants to treat yourself, those collected goodies add up to 365 teaspoons of sugar (the equivalent of 12 double-dip vanilla ice cream cones) and as much fat as 15 large servings of fast food French fries.
What to do with all those treats? CNN's health experts offered these tips:
- Don't hide the candy. It makes it seem more valuable.
- If you decide to keep it rather than toss it all out, make it available to everyone.
- Beware of food allergies: Read labels carefully. Tip: If they're not available on the individually packaged product, look online.
- Not individually wrapped? Toss it.
- Pure chocolate lasts two years, so don't feel compelled to eat it all in two days!
Best tip comes from Wendy Palmer, a registered dietitian with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, who has children of her own. She suggested a trade, telling CNN that "it really works."
To set up a trade method, think of the Tooth Fairy. Now you can welcome the Halloween Fairy. Have your kids set out some (or all) of their candy before bed.
During the night, the Halloween Fairy (alternatively called the Switch Witch or Great Pumpkin) takes the candy and replaces it with something of value to the kids, such as toys.
Tips for parents and pets:
- For parents who might be tempted to binge, take the candy to work and leave it in the break room.
- For people with dogs and cats, be careful to remove the candy from their reach. Pet insurance company Petplan sees 25% more claims during Halloween -- more than any other week in the year -- from causes ranging from swallowed wrappers to potentially deadly dark chocolate.