The Average Kid Ate 3,500 - 7,000 Calories on Halloween (Gulp!) 

halloween candyWas this morning a little rough getting your little ghosts and goblins roused for school? In our house the Halloween sugar hangover was palpable, even though the kids were still requesting candy for breakfast (hair of the dog?). From the class parties at school to the last pieces of candy popped before bed, I knew they ate a lot of sugar yesterday. But I didn’t really know how much it was. And I bet you didn’t either.

What seem to be a few Milky Ways here and several sacks of Skittles there really add up … to an ungodly amount of calories. Talk about seriously scary — The Consumerist reports that the average kid eats between 3,500 – 7,000 on Halloween night. I know.


According to the Indianapolis Star, to burn off that amount of sugar, a 100-pound child would have to walk for 44 hours or play full-court basketball for 14 hours to burn off 7,000 calories. Yikes! We did a lot of walking last night, but nowhere close to putting a dent in these numbers.

On one hand it’s just one night a year, so why not let them go crazy, right? The problem is there’s also Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and Valentine’s Day, and every child’s birthday party, and all of these other occasions we allow kids to go crazy with the sugar because they’re holidays. And that all adds up. While I’m not one who wants to see people handing out bags of carrots instead of candy corn, I think the key is probably to try and teach them some sort of moderation. It’s okay to splurge for special occasions, but splurging doesn’t have to mean eating 23 Kit Kats in one sitting.

Of course, based on what I ate after my kids went to bed, I’m not sure I’m in any position to teach them moderation. Oy.

How many calories do you think your child consumed last night? You?

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