81 Percent Of Parents Admit To Pilfering Their Kids’ Halloween Candy, 19 Percent Of Parents Are Liars

shutterstock_92423812__1382882720_142.196.156.251All parents steal their kids Halloween candy, right?  Well, unless that parent is one of the elusive “I don’t like sweets” weirdos. 81 percent of parents admit to pilfering their kids’ Halloween candy stock – which probably means 19 percent of parents are liars.

The National Confectioner’s Association conducted a survey in which they asked parents to answer questions about the parameters they set for their children and those they have for themselves around Halloween time. Guess what? Most of us are more strict with our child’s candy intake than our own. Why am I not surprised?

And here’s where another old adage comes into play. Do as I say, not as I do.Most parents consider themselves the gatekeepers to holiday candy, with 41 percent of parents claiming they limit their child’s consumption to a couple of pieces of candy a day until the cache runs out. But while they keep tabs on how much their kids chow down on, it seems they’re more lenient with their own consumption. 81 percent of parents surveyed in the NCA’s survey confess that they take candy from their kids’ Halloween haul, with 46 percent waiting until their kids are in bed or at school before pilfering some sweets!

My 3-year-old doesn’t even know what a candy bar is yet, because I am waiting until Halloween to give him one of those mini delights. But guess who had a mini Snickers for breakfast this morning? Yup – this mom. Those go great with coffee, by the way. My husband has a sweet tooth too, so I’m beginning to wonder if there’s going to be any candy left to give out on Halloween. I bought two giant bags at Target. That stuff is really expensive now! It was 15 bucks for a bag with 110 tiny chocolate bars in it.

I’d like to think that I bought all the good, expensive chocolate to please the trick-or-treaters, but I obviously bought it for myself. I totally need to change my strategy next year; candy corn and black licorice all the way. The neighborhood kids may hate me, but at least I won’t be popping candy bars like they’re baby carrots.

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  • Jallun-Keatres

    lol I openly shared my candy with my mom. Actually, my sister doesn’t like candy past chocolate so my parents probably just helped themselves to hers.

  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    When my oldest was little I told her little kids’ bodies don’t process chocolate correctly and that I was eating it to prevent her from getting sick. She never fully bought it, but she was pretty happy to eat the rest of the candy and fork most of the chocolate over.

  • NicknamesAreDull

    My daughter had/has a lot of food sensitivities. As she’s gotten older, a lot of them have gone away, but she still has a few. So, because she can’t eat a lot of junk food, I don’t mess with her candy because I feel bad that she can’t be a “normal” kid.

  • LadyClodia

    I’m sure that my husband and I will be raiding our boys’ stash of candy. Our oldest has peanut and almond allergies, and even though our toddler doesn’t we still usually eat most of those kinds of candies.
    I was good this year and even though they were a bit expensive, I bought fancy halloween colored swirl lollipops that I’ll give out to the trick or treaters, so that I don’t end up eating a bunch of leftover candy (or eating it before.)

  • Alicia Kiner

    What we did as kids and I do now is we get home and to do the inspection, all the candy gets dumped into a pile, sorted, then put into one big container with a lid. Helps the candy stay fresher longer, and limits the whole “she has more candy than me.” arguments. I am the middle of 5 siblings, one of which was really sneaky. Until my mom did that, her candy lasted forever, while the rest of ours dwindled. ;) smart kid. And no, it wasn’t me lol. And yes we share. Kids get a TON of candy. Let’s face it. Way more than that $15 bag from Target. And if you do the amusement park thing, and the mall thing, AND trick or treat night, it’s even worse. Yes, we did that one year, just because they had so much fun doing it. And no, we’ve never actually eaten all the Halloween candy. We actually just threw away last years candy about a month ago when I needed the buckets for something else. As long as you aren’t eating ALL of it, and lying to the kids, I don’t see the problem.

  • Andrea

    Well, I will be part of the 19%. I don’t pilfer, I openly take.

  • LocalMom29

    I am not ashamed to say that I will be taking my 1-year-old trick-or-treating and then eating his candy. My husband is working on Halloween night, so I’m also going to hide it from him and not share. We are going around the neighborhood with my 9-year-old and her friends, so it’s not like I’m taking *just* the baby in a blatant attempt to get candy for myself. He loves to put on his costume and ring the neighbors’ doorbells – who am I to deprive him of his fun just because he can’t eat the candy they want to give him? I call that “taking one for the team”…

  • Jen

    I openly take all Tootsie Rolls from my daughter’s haul. I call it a tax. :)

  • Guest

    This article is perfect. There isn’t anything I disagree with. Mmmm, candy.

  • staferny

    My mom used to keep out candy in her room so that we wouldn’t steal from each others bags, or eat too much at once. Turns out she kept it in there so she could take whatever she wanted when she wanted, but karma’s a b*tch and she ended up getting a yeast infection from all of the sugar :)

  • Alex Lee

    Right after the Trick-or-Treating is done, the kids divvy up their haul. It really becomes a mini Wall-Street at this point, as they barter and trade with each other. I especially like how they make up this “economy” of candy – seriously, they can agree that a Kit-Kat is worth two Almond Joys and a Jolly Rancher (not watermelon, though, only grape).

    The dregs go to the parents. I’m not so much for pilfering the kids’ candy – I enjoy seeing the post-Halloween candy sales at CVS and Target and getting what I really want at 75% off.

    Plus, the office usually has obscene amounts of sweets because everyone over-estimated how many treaters they would get.

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