Kids Will Eat 3,500 to 7,000 Calories of Candy on Halloween

Here’s some food calories for thought as your kids go door-to-door this Halloween on their candy grab. The average child will eat 3,500 to 7,000 calories worth of treats on Halloween night. And you wonder why they can’t go to sleep after their sugar-fest.

The calorie estimate is based on the nutrition labels on popular candies, according to Donna Arnett, chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s School of Public Health, in an article on healthland.time.com. The story goes on to say:

“It would take a 100 pound child 44 hours of walking or 14.5 hours of playing full-court basketball to burn off all 7,000 calories. That’s a lot of exercise.”

7,000 calories! And that’s just what they eat Halloween night. What about days and days of leftovers? So what’s a parent to do? The healthland.time.com story has 5 tips for a healthy Halloween:

  • Fill up before trick-or-treating. Give your kids a healthy meal before they head out on the candy hunt. Hey kids, we’re having broccoli and spinach before going out tonight. 
  • Hand out non-sugary foods. Pretzels, apples and trail mix are a few examples given. That’s also a good way to make sure kids don’t come back to your house next year.
  • Treat-or-treat and exercise. Make your kids walk from house to house instead of driving them. Let’s see, two hours of walking…only 42 more to go!
  • Keep your favorite sweets. Hide the rest. Give your kids 1-3 pieces of candy a day. Put the rest in the freezer so it’s out of sight and out of mind. You might have to let your kids finish off the chocolate ice cream to make room for the candy. 
  • Give it away. Have the kids make two piles: one for the candy they want to keep, another for the candy they won’t eat. Consider donating the second pile to a local senior citizens home, is one example given. Hey George, some kid gave me his caramel apple. Can I borrow your teeth?

Want to know what my wife and I did to trick our kids out of their treats? I can spill the beans now since they’re older. Every chance we’d get, when they were asleep or not looking, we’d throw out just enough candy from their bags that they wouldn’t notice, and throw a fit. Worked every time. The only problem was we’d end up eating a lot of the loot. You probably saw my wife and I walking a lot after Halloween.

One Comment on “Kids Will Eat 3,500 to 7,000 Calories of Candy on Halloween

  1. How happy you all must be making the dentists! Good thing my Dad was a dentist. We didn’t get much sweet stuff. No cavities.

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