Oh, the horror: Parents steal a third of their children’s Halloween candy! | KSNF / KODE


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NEW YORK (Research studies.org) – There are few days on the calendar as magical for young children as Halloween. It’s the one day of the year we can all celebrate it all scary, frightening and macabre. All Hallows’ Eve is especially fun for kids, as they dress up as their favorite characters and patrol the neighborhood to pick up something far more valuable than cash: candy! It seems like kids aren’t the only ones with a sweet tooth every October 31, however. According to a new survey of 2,000 American parents with children between the ages of 3 and 15, two-thirds of those surveyed have stolen candy their children collected during a ride or treat.

It’s also not usually just one or two candies. Among parents who admitted to stealing candy, the average respondent ate a third full carrying their child’s Halloween candy. The 2019 survey, carried out by Wringer, also reveals that 59% of parents have even hidden Their children’s Halloween candy!

Parents’ tips for catching their children’s candy

So how do parents get along with all this theft? After stealing candy, 44% say they just hide it and hope their kids won’t notice; 43% claim the candy magically disappeared on its own; and 41% tell their children that they had to take some to “inspect” it for safety. The top five stealing strategies were supplemented with sneaking a few pieces when the kids weren’t looking (40%) and pretending the candy went wrong (37%).

The most popular places parents hide their stolen candy are in their bedroom (57%), behind food in kitchen cabinets (54%) and on top of the fridge (53%). Other often cited hiding places were parents’ cars (51%) or offices (46%).

Theft isn’t the only way parents are satisfy their Halloween cravings. More than half of those surveyed (63%) say they bought a lot more candy for treats or treats than they thought they needed – all so they could feast on leftovers.

Happy – and good for health – Halloween!

In addition to investigating candy theft, the investigation also asked parents about their household candy and eating rules during Halloween. A total of 66% say they try to limit their candy intake around Halloween time, and 65% make strict rules about how many candy their kids can eat on Halloween. The average amount allowed by respondents was a maximum of 12 coins.

When asked how they enforce these restrictions on candy, the most common response among parents was to simply ask their children to eat a certain amount each day (68%). Other popular strategies include bringing leftover candy to work (47%) and hiding extra candy after Halloween (42%).

Eating a lot of candy is synonymous with subsequent dental problems, and it is clear from the survey results that cavities are still very much on the minds of American parents every fall. In total, 84% of parents surveyed say they are worried about their children’s teeth. Halloween time and 81% are worried about their own dental health.

Fortunately, 52% of respondents say that they and their children always brush your teeth shortly after eating candy. Other ways that parents make sure their children’s teeth stay healthy during Halloween include making sure their kids brush their teeth twice a day (58%), limiting the amount of candy that their kids eat (54%) and make sure their kids use a specific type of toothbrush. or toothpaste (53%).

The survey, first published on October 31, 2019, was conducted by OnePoll.


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