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13 Scary Halloween Health Stats

13 Scary Halloween Health Stats

It’s Halloween season — that festive time of year when it’s OK to collect pounds of unhealthy goodies and spend days — if not weeks — consuming them. But just how much are Americans eating and spending on Halloween each year? We’ve rounded up a few stats about this beloved, candy-crazed celebration. Warning: You’re sure to be spooked!


3,500 to 7,000

Calories worth of candy an average child collects on Halloween night.

35 million

Pounds of candy corn made for the 2012 Halloween season.

90 million

Pounds of chocolate Americans buy during the week of Halloween.

41 million

Potential trick or treaters between the ages of five and 14 in the United States.


Pieces of candy a standard pillowcase can hold.


Grams of sugar in a king size Snickers bar. (One bag of Skittles has 47 grams of sugar!)

$7 billion

The amount of money Americans are expected to spend on Halloween costumes, decorations and candy this year.



Percent of children ages 6 to 11 who’ve had tooth decay in their permanent teeth.


Decayed or missing teeth surfaces the average adult (age 20-64) has.



Pounds that the world’s heaviest pumpkin weighs, grown in the United Kingdom this fall.


Percent of injuries on Halloween that are finger/hand injuries. (And 44.2 percent of Americans will carve a pumpkin this season.)

200 million

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes that have been sold since the drink was introduced in 2009.


Minutes of walking (or trick or treating!) it would take to burn off a tall Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, which has 380 calories. (Our Healthier Pumpkin Spice Latte, coming in at 85 calories, would only take 30 minutes to walk off!)

Need a pre-Halloween workout routine? Try these fat-burning plyometric exercises and bodyweight exercises that will whip you in to shape scary-fast!