It’s Halloween again — that festive time of year when it’s OK to collect pounds of treats and spend days (if not weeks) consuming them. Whether you’re trick or treating with kids or attending a costume party, odds are good that you’re going to indulge a bit. But just how much are Americans eating and spending on Halloween each year? (And how much exercise will it take to burn off your favorite treats?) We’ve rounded up a scary few health stats about this beloved, candy-crazed celebration. Warning: You’re sure to be spooked!
The Scariest Halloween Health Stats
Halloween by the Numbers
$7.4 billion. Dollars Americans spent on Halloween candy, costumes and decorations in 2014.
90 million. Pounds of chocolate Americans buy during the week of Halloween.
41 million. Potential trick or treaters between the ages of 5 and 14 in the United States.
35 million. Pounds of candy corn made for Halloween.
54. Push-ups it would take to burn off an Apple Cider Donut (330 calories). Try these 135-calorie Spiced Apple Cider Donuts instead!
134. Minutes of walking (or trick or treating!) it would take to burn off a tall Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (380 calories). The good news: This Healthy Homemade PSL Recipe will only set you back 85 calories instead.
1,690. Pieces of candy a standard pillowcase can hold.
3,500 to 7,000. Calories worth of candy an average child collects on Halloween night.
41. Percent of children (ages 2-11) who’ve had cavities in their teeth.
17. Minutes of burpees required to burn off the calories in a bite-sized Snickers (160 calories).
38.5. Days an average American will spend brushing their teeth over a lifetime. (Dentists say that number should be closer to 60!)
10.5. Grams of sugar in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, America’s favorite Halloween candy. (Psst we have a healthier version right here.)
13.6. Decayed tooth surfaces the average adult (ages 20-64) has.
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Originally published October 2014. Updated October 31, 2017.