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Most parents check their kid’s candy before letting them eat it, also so they can eat it

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There’s a time between late teens and mid-twenties when we miss trick-or-treating for the sheer volume of  Halloween candy we remember collecting as a child. But once you become a parent, the good news is that you have someone else to do it for you.

Most parents — 83 percent of them — are checking their child’s Halloween candy for anything dangerous, but there may be an ulterior motive, according to real estate brokerage firm Redfin. Because 62 percent of parents also secretly eat their kids’ Halloween candy.

And it’s even less work than ever for parents to reap the candy benefits. Redfin says 36 percent of parents say it’s OK to let their children trick-or-treat alone by 12-13 years old. It’s perfectly reasonable to send them out while you stay home, then collect your cut from their long, hard-worked evening.

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. More than a third (37 percent of parents) think kids should stop trick-or-treating by 16 years of age. Maybe after that, we’ll just buy it ourselves — and they’ll be out of luck until they get kids of their own.

Redfin real estate agent Blakely Minton says her tips for staying safe during Halloween include staying close to home.

“We always go as a group and try to stay within neighborhoods that we are familiar with since we know the people in those communities,” Minton says. “We also use glow sticks or stickers that act as reflecting lights so it is easy to keep track of everyone as it starts to get dark outside.”

But it’s not just about eating your kids’ candy, it’s also about giving it away. Nearly two-thirds of parents are planning to hand out Halloween candy today. No clarification on how they plan to trick-or-treat with their kids and hand out candy, but parents are superheroes so chances are they’ve got it worked out already.


Halloween is here to stay

Christmas creep may have worked its way into literally every facet of our lives, but it turns out Halloween isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

It looks like Americans are on track to spend $8.4 billion on Halloween this year, including costumes, candy, decorations and yes — even greeting cards. For reference, Americans spent $6.9 billion at this time last year.

And it’s not just about what goes on today. Almost a third of us were in Halloween shopping mode in September and half of us by early October. Christmas creep may be moving up every year, but Halloween is moving its way up, too.

Need a costume? Go as your fears

While you could be anything you want to be this year for Halloween, you may want to try being something that is closely in line with your biggest financial fears.

Scary, you say? Probably. But for those that want to just sleep instead of thinking about your finances, you could just be a bat, like 27 percent of other Americans. Or you could be a pirate, like another 27 percent of Americans, because, well, “your pockets are full of cash.”

They may not be the most popular costumes, but at least you’d be accurately representing something personal in your life!

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About the Author

Dori Zinn

Dori Zinn

Dori Zinn is a full-time freelance journalist based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She’s president of Blossomers Media, Inc., a web development and online media consulting company. Along with her work on, she’s been a longtime freelancer for Money Talks News — a personal and consumer finance website — and South Florida Gay News — the largest weekly LGBT newspaper in the South. Zinn has written for a variety of other publications, including Huffington Post, The Week, Quartz, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Indulge, and

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