A recent study sponsored the National Dietary Council showed that a full 68% of all candy purchased in October is actually eaten by adults before Halloween even arrives. This is believed to be the main cause of households running out of candy on Halloween.
“I’ll say, ‘I just bought 10 bags of this candy a few days ago. SOMEBODY must have eaten it!’ and I’ll act all surprised,” said Angie Johnson from Sacramento, California, snickering. “I’m the only one who knows that the ‘somebody’ was me.”
“Where’s the chocolate?! Where are the peanut butter cups?! At least it looks like the candy corn is all accounted for,” is what Joyce Barbour of Louisville, Kentucky, claims to say to her family.
“You have to be careful who you blame it on, though. Once I said I saw the dog eat the whole bowl of Snickers and we had to have his stomach pumped. Oops,” said Bill Robinson of York, Pennsylvania.
As excited as children become from a long night of struggling with uncomfortable costumes and heavy loot bags, they usually forget about their candy about a week after Halloween once they start making a long list of junk that they want to play with for about a week after Christmas.
The study also showed that 20% of total candy volume is eaten by parents after it is collected by children on Halloween. Four percent is actually eaten by children, and the remaining 8% ends up expiring and becoming inedible, like rock-hard Peeps. About half of that is thrown away and the rest is, well, never mind.