Halloween candy consumption data was released in a report this week, showing that 4 percent of all candy consumed during the year is on Halloween.
Citing Harry Balzer with market research firm NPD Group, USA Today reported Tuesday that most every child in the United States will have some candy.
He added that around half of adults will also eat some candy, which compares to around 24 percent of all adults on a normal day.
Balzer said that adults will eat chocolate over most everything else, while children are more likely to consume hard and chewable candy–they eat four of the candies compared to one for every adult.
A recent survey from the National Confectioners’ Association (NCA) shows that 72 percent of Americans prefer chocolate as their favorite Halloween candy, according to Forbes. In second place is candy corn.
The NCA added that around an estimated $2.392 billion will be spent on Halloween candy in 2013.
And a National Retail Federation survey notes that Americans will spend an average of $75.03 on candy, costumes, parties and decorations.
Registered dietitian Sarah Krieger, with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told USA Today that if adults eat candy along with their normal diet, they’ll likely gain some weight.
“It is sad to hear parents arguing with their kids about how much candy the kids eat when the parents are the ones taking them trick or treating. Whatever your plan is, it needs to be discussed before you go out,” she also said.