130+ years: Number of years “candy corn” has been in existence. While the true creator is not known, the traditional Halloween treat was created in the 1880s (when it was known as “Chicken Feed”).
1 hour: Extra amount of trick-or-treating time created in 2007 when the Energy Policy Act was signed. This Act extended Daylight Savings Time (DST) for one week. The extension of DST is believed to contribute to the economic health of the golf and barbeque industries; however, it was candy retailers and manufacturers who were the greatest lobbyists for passing the legislation.
2,500: Number of dentists and orthodontists who are participating in a Halloween Candy Buyback. Founded by dentist Chris Kammer, the program pays $1/pound of candy and sends it to U.S. troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude.
66%: Percent of children who self-proclaim that they eat “too much candy” on Halloween.
8%: Percent of American children who have food allergies or intolerances according to the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI). With nearly 40% of these children have a history of severe reactions to their allergies, many are concerned about such incidents occurring due to Halloween candy.
89.7%: Percent of respondents to a CreditDonkey 2013 survey that indicated they like to receive Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The Reese’s product is also candy the greatest number of participants indicated they like to give (81.7%).
$44: Average amount a household will spend on candy for Halloween according to Bundle – for a grand total of $1.9 billion worth of candy purchases in America. A National Retail Federation survey suggests Halloween spending will rise this year.
1.1 billion pounds: The amount of pumpkin production by top pumpkin producing states in 2010. (Illinois [427 million pounds], California, New York, and Ohio all produce greater than 100 million pounds of the seasonal gourd).
90%: Percent of parents who admit to “sneaking” candy from their children.
FoodEssentials hopes everyone has a safe and fun Halloween – Happy trick-or-treating!