Halloween Is Not Just for Kids Anymore

If it seems like Halloween has changed in recent years, maybe it's because it has. Or maybe it was always this cool and I was just too young to know it before. Because for all that I adored about Halloween as a kid, it's 10 times more fun as a parent and as an adult, period.

It turns out, I am not alone. And for all the tricks and scares we adults love (I could live on horror movies and haunted houses all year long), it's really all about the candy in the end. Oh yes, whoever said candy is just for babies was A) lying and B) never said that since I made that up.

It seems we all love a little bit of chocolate here and there, and some (like me) love it even more than others. A recent survey from Twix candy bars -- remember those delicious double cookie bars smothered in caramel and then dipped in chocolate? YUM -- reveals some surprising facts about "grown ups" and Halloween. They include:

  • If Only We Could Go, Too: Nearly 7 out of 10 adults (69 percent) ages 18 to 24, and half of adults ages 25 to 34, said they would trick-or-treat if they could.
  • What They Can't Find, They Can't Steal: More than half of all adults surveyed (52 percent) admit to hiding a treat from their loved ones to keep the treat for themselves. Most hide their treat stash in their room (41 percent) or in another “super-secret place” (41 percent).
  • Chocolate rules: Only 3 percent of all adults surveyed listed fruit-flavored non-chocolate treats as their Halloween favorite. The winning treat combination? Chocolate with peanuts or peanut butter topped the list at 39 percent, followed by a chocolate and caramel combination as a close second (30 percent).
  • Ladies Like to Chew: When it comes to treats, women prefer chewy treats more than men do (42 percent to 33 percent), while more men than women seek out treats with a crunch (33 percent to 23 percent).
  • Taking candy from a baby: One quarter of all adults surveyed (26 percent) admit to taking candy from their child’s Halloween stash or a friend’s or co-worker’s candy dish and denying it. Yep, I totally do this. Not ashamed to admit it.
  • It's all about togetherness: Two out of three adults (64 percent) would rather enjoy treats with others than alone.

So, there you go. If you like treats -- and I know I do -- don't feel bad about it. You are not alone. And if you are a party pooper who insists on having lame rules and regulations and gets all control freak about Halloween, step aside. You probably aren't that much fun anyway.

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