Parents: Give Our Kids Less Halloween Candy

Some parents would prefer alternatives to candy corn and other traditional treats.


The average kid receives more than 90 pieces of Halloween candy each year, and parents responding to a survey say they want their kids to receive less this year.

According to the survey, 70 percent of the responding parents agreed that, “if my child received less candy and more of other kinds of treats, that would be good.” More than half the parents said their children eat too much candy.

The survey was commissioned by the American Dental Association and PopCap Games, a video game company.  

Some findings quoted from the survey:

  • Almost three-fourths (71 percent) of parents whose child has been to the dentist three or more times to get a filling
  • More than half 57 percent agree that candy is not the safest treat for kids.
  • Almost two-thirds (62 percent) of parents prefer their children receive something other than candy while trick-or-treating on Halloween.
  • One-fourth (24 percent) would prefer their children receive snacks instead of candy, while 22 percent prefer they receive toys or trinkets.

The survey, conducted by Information Solutions Group is based on 1,043 online surveys. 

An unrelated Halloween survey determined the most popular Halloween outfits in 2012. 

Christine E. October 15, 2012 at 09:27 PM
What a typical 2012 mentality. "I want my kids to go trick or treating and get FREE treats from the neighborhood, but I want to dictate what free things the neighbors should give out". I can get 100 pieces of candy for $4.99. I can get about 10 granola bars for $4.99. I would much rather turn my lights off and pretend i'm not home. But out of curiosity, where does parental responsibility come into play? If the average kid receives 90 pieces of candy for halloween, that doesn't mean the average kid has to eat 90 pieces of candy after halloween. Say no.
Gah! October 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Well said Christine.
Jae October 16, 2012 at 01:27 AM
It comes once a year. Give the kids a break.
S October 16, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Well said ! If you don't like the candy...don't bring your kids trick or treating? If they have to dress up host your own party and give snacks or trinkets! And really this is once a year...and I like to get my dibs on my favorite candy form the kids loot! LOL


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