In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can
dress like a total slut eat as much candy as she wants, and no other girls can say anything about it. Everyone knows that!
In the real world (uggghhh I hate the real world), websites like Visual.ly publish studies about Halloween that will make your blood curdle. According to a deceivingly adorable chart full of not-so-adorable facts called, “How Much Candy Do We Eat On Halloween?,” 158 million Americans participate in Halloween and 95% of them buy candy. If we put all of America’s Halloween candy on a scale, it would weigh roughly 600 million pounds. Holy Halloween, Batman, that’s so many fun-sized Snickers bars.
Between those 158 million people, almost $7 billion gets spent on Halloween tricks and treats. For the record, that amount of money could buy the world’s most expensive diamond, thirty six times over. Over $2 billion goes towards candy – not one billion, but two billion – while a meager $330 million goes towards pet costumes.
The most disturbing statistic involves (gulp) calories. Those in the audience who are squeamish or easily disturbed may want to leave right now.
Here goes. On Halloween, the average American human being eats about 3.4 pounds of candy – I’ve seen Chihuahuas that weigh less than that. It gets worse. Kids consume as many as 7,000 calories in candy, which means that if you were letting your inner child make decisions last night, you might have eaten the equivalent of thirteen Big Macs. Ha! And you thought the terrors ended with Halloween.
Don’t believe me? Check the infographic out for yourself.