How Much Halloween Candy Is Too Much?


I stockpile Halloween candy.

I think it’s some kind of violent reaction to the Halloween I got caught with nothing.

When we first moved to our house we were told more than once by the realtor and previous owners to expect in excess of 250 kids on Halloween.

We live in the hills and have one of the few level streets in the area.

We soon learned that the preponderance of preteens having parties on our street combined with those that were driven up in big SUVs by their parents so they wouldn’t have to struggle trick or treating on a hill meant that foretelling was correct.

We did indeed get 250 kids.

I counted.

The previous owner of our house was a dentist. She would give out toothbrushes so you can imagine the delight when we gave out chocolate.

The kids would cheer as they walked back down our driveway.

And the girls would go all gooey over two little eighteen-month-olds dressed in their jammies who would peer through the rails on our landing, wide-eyed at the creatures that kept knocking on our door.

But as the years have flown by, the kids on the street have grown up and their parents, party poopers that they are, have stopped decorating, turning our street from one sparkly, scary, haunted village into one, big, giant ghost town.


But have I downgraded my candy purchases accordingly?

I have not.

I buy a couple of bags early in the month. Then as the day approaches, and I’m in a store. I can’t but help pick up another bag. And then another.

I get anxious that I will run out.

Reminds me of how I can’t waste food.

I think something similar is happening here. A fear of deprivation, awkwardness, embarrassment. A fear that something will happen that I don’t like so I compensate to avoid that something. And go way over the top.


Every year, I start with the leftovers from the previous year. I now buy those big bags of crap that would survive a nuclear holocaust so they’re still good. It’s against my principles but so is spending a small fortune.

Anyway, if I buy chocolate, I would end up eating the leftovers myself and that would be bad.

Currently three days before Halloween, I have one big bag of Willy Wonka chemikills, two bags of Reese’s rubbish that even I won’t eat, and a couple of bags of Mars Bars.

Please send good thoughts my way I don’t buy any more.

Do you stockpile Halloween candy? Or do you just turn the light off when you’re out? Let me know in the comments!

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Minnesota Mamaleh October 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

oh alison, you-me? halloween soul mates! i *love* this holiday and would seriously LOVE to have 250 kids come knocking on my door. no joke, LOVE. our little cul-de-sac does not get too many kids but every single year i overbuy. you, know– just in case! and for the record, i the decorating, the over-buying and so on, what’s the harm, right? it’s all so-very- fun! 🙂
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Alison Golden October 29, 2010 at 11:17 am

I did love it so when the whole street was a party. It was such fun. Now we have to go further afield. But it’s still cool. And we don’t have many years left; the kids will want to go by themselves soon so I’m enjoying them while I can.

The trick I’ve found is to buy candy I won’t eat if I have it leftover. That’s why I buy Willy Wonka rubbish and Reese’s because I am not tempted. One year I was supremely proud and donated the chocolate to the Second Harvest Food Bank. But it broke my heart…

Anyhow, bring it on…And if the Giants win that night, it’ll be an even bigger party! 🙂


Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach October 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm

In my area, we’re lucky if one child shows up at our door. So I’m quite fine with buying 39 pounds of chocolate and then, ahem, cuddling them in the evenings when it’s time to go to bed.

Gotta love boonie-living….
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Alison Golden October 29, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Snuggling up with chocolate is a rather comforting thought. You’d only have to buy one bag of candy to make a good night of it if you only get one kid come by, right? 🙂


Mary E. Ulrich
October 30, 2010 at 5:35 am

I used to buy two bags at the beginning of the month, but then a ghost or something would eat them and they would disappear:) so then I would have to buy more. I found that if you go to WalMart Halloween morning you can get half off.

Now, I buy candy I don’t like. And somehow the ghosts must not like it either because it sticks around.

If you have extras–send it to your kid’s teachers for the winter recesses that are coming.

Question: are your Mars bars, actually Mars or Milky Ways?
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Alison Golden October 30, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Those ghosts, they’re tricky fellas, aren’t they? We have one of those.

And the Mars Bars are really Milky Ways IMO. 😉


bluecottonmemory October 30, 2010 at 7:20 am

We’ve lived in neighborhoods where we had TONS of trick or treaters . Then as Halloween has evolved over the last decade, a lot of churches started having major events (ours rented out the ball park in the town) – and the stream of kids got smaller and smaller. No matter what, I still buy lots of candy. I bought it a few weeks ago and hid it – otherwise, it would be gone. We never have left overs – but I hate all the candy my kids bring home. It’s a miserable few weeks with candy wrappers et al! Hope you have tons of kids!
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Alison Golden October 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm

When my kids were little it was all about how much they would get. They would forget they had this big stash after a day. Which is when I would eat it, or if I was really good, I’d donate it.

Then they went to eating it all over the course of a week or so (scary how much they could eat in so short a time.)

Now they talk about me buying it back. Go figure.


Charlene October 31, 2010 at 8:30 am

We live on a lake where the houses are far apart, spread out and a lot of them are seasonal. So, we’re lucky to get five kids come by. Meanwhile, my own kids want to go where the action is so we’re just as guilty and end up going to a friends neighborhood where it’s much busier.

Here’s some vibes of strength not to buy more candy! 🙂
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Alison Golden October 31, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Do you know, we didn’t give out even the candy I had left over from last year, there were that few kids. I have at least five bags of candy left and my kids have around 5lbs of swag. That’s a lot of candy. I’ll decide what to do with it tomorrow.


Linda November 29, 2010 at 11:13 am

I had the same reaction this year at Halloween–where is everyone? I know it fell on a Sunday, but there was a lot of lights off in our ‘hood, which is very children friendly and family oriented…hmm.

As for the leftover candy, I bring it to my social skills and anger management groups for teens–they appreciate and devour the lack of chocolate bars.

The good stuff was long gone 😉


Alison Golden November 30, 2010 at 5:01 pm

The good stuff being long gone is good for you, Linda. Clever how you do that 😉


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