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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. 

And don't forget to submit your costume to Patch's annual contest.

Rob Gianazza October 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM
My kids are grown, but the whole idea of Trick or Treat is for youngsters to dress up in costume and show off their costumes for their friends and family. Parents have a lot of control over how much candy their child receives. They get to choose who and how many houses the children are allowed to Trick or Treat at. Did we loose sight of our parental responsibilities? Perhaps we need a candy ordinance to be passed and legislated because parents are unwilling to accept their role as parent? Maybe a topic for the next CRC?
Steven DeVaux October 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Sad but true Rob, sad but true.
LFerrara October 16, 2012 at 01:42 AM
A candy ordinance...lol...I literally spit my water from my mouth...too funny :)
Andrew Turkenkopf October 16, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Several solutions. The crappy: don't let your kids trick or treat the tried and true: steal/eat a good portion of your kids candy the sensible: teach your kids how to brush their teeth the semi-illegal: inform bigger kids where your kids will be near the end of the night, and if they just so happen to knock your child down and take his bag of candy, oh well, it builds character
Andrew Turkenkopf October 16, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Furthermore, don't be the house the gives out toothbrushes or raisins. No one likes those and you'll probably earn yourself some eggs or TP. And since everyone is so scared of being poisoned, you can't bake cookies or popcorn balls or anything fun, but that isn't candy

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