Halloween Candy Controversy

Kaylee Burns and Miller Weast


Kaylee Burns and Miller Weast

Every year when Halloween comes around there are a few candies that come to mind, such as candy corn, tons of chocolates, and sweet and sour candies.  When surveyed, the majority of people said that they love chocolate. There was a tie between the amount of people who like sweets and people who like sour candy. When the people of Inola go trick-or-treating, their favorite part about getting candy is eating it. Aside from those that enjoy eating their Halloween candy, there were a few people that enjoy sharing their candy with others.

Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy every year for Halloween. Around 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week. Halloween candy sales are more than any other holiday, including Valentine’s Day, Christmas and Easter! The candy sold at Halloween accounts for 25% of all candy sold in the U.S. every year. According to Business Insider, it is estimated that 300,000 tons or 600,000,000 pounds of candy are handed out every year. A comparison would be equal to the weight of six Titanic!

It is predicted that the U.S. spends a total of 2.6 billion dollars on Halloween candy alone. If every trick-or-treater filled an entire pillowcase each person would have approximately 1,600 pieces of candy. Each year there is 35 million pounds of candy corn produced, which would be enough for every person on earth to have 1 ½ pieces.

Although everyone might have a different taste of which candy is their favorite, it is clear that there is something for everyone to enjoy.