OAK BROOK, Illinois - If current trends hold, kids across the nation can expect a good Halloween. Households giving out candy will be up this year, while parents eating their kids' Halloween candy will take a steep nosedive. All according to a new nationwide analysis by Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA), a group that pays keen attention to details and trends around candy consumption.
Candy giving increase:
According to the analysis, candy giving will be up 5% this year. In 2013, 73% of parents gave out candy, based on a new 2015 Delta Dental survey, 78% of parents say they'll hand out candy this year.
Less parental looting:
In 2013, nearly 80% of parents admitted to eating some of their kids' Halloween candy, this year marks a sharp decrease, with only 66% of parents saying they'll pilfer from the Halloween haul. Moms are more likely than dads (71% v 61%) to raid their child's Halloween candy.
Bad news for chocolate lovers:
While chocolate continues to top the charts this year as the most handed out Halloween candy, 14% fewer parents say they'll be giving it to trick-or-treaters. In 2013, 73% of parents gave out chocolate on Halloween, this year that number has dropped to 59%.
Fewer household rules on candy consumption:
The number of parents limiting the amount of Halloween candy their child can eat at a time has decreased by 28%, from 89% in 2013, to 61% this year, according to the analysis. On the heels of the analysis, DDPA is also releasing some quick tips to combatting all that sugar consumption::