Results of Unwrapped Candy Survey

Our Post-Halloween survey asked if you had allowed your children to eat unwrapped or homemade treats, and if so — were they still breathing. So, three revelations!

1 – 87% of respondents DID allow their kids unwrapped/homemade treats! Woo hoo! Score one for anti-hysteria!

2 – Of those kids, um…a reported 86% were still breathing.

Now, I feel like a scientist who has to explain some unexpected results, but rather than obfuscating, let me just say: Ha. Ha.

I am learning something about public surveys.

3 – Despite that grain of salt, it looks like I’ll be signing up for the paid version of Survey Monkey. The unpaid one allows just 100 respondents, and this filled up immediately. (If only my fruit fly catcher here at home would do the same. But I digress…)

Thanks for responding! Go steal those Kit Kats before the kids wake up!


The bogeyman must've filled out a survey.

The bogeyman must’ve filled out a survey.

7 Responses to Results of Unwrapped Candy Survey

  1. Katie November 1, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Unwrapped candy? Your really underestimating the insanity of the helicopter parents who drive their gas guzzlers to trunk or treat. If you read nothing else please read number 3.

    Helicopter parent response:
    1 – The cars at trunk or treat aren’t driving, they’re parked! And, trunk or treats usually have separate parking lots for people giving out candy then for people coming and going.

    2 – You should go out with your kid

    3 – Halloween has definitely been different since September 11th

    4 – You do actually have to get out of your car and walk to trunk or treat. You are not pulling up in your car next to another car. You walk from car to car

    5 – I seem to recall that people did do stuff to the candy, or at least that’s what the newspapers and tv news reported, back in the 80s. I haven’t heard anything recently.

  2. Coasterfreak November 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Thanks, Katie, for posting that. I literally felt some fuses in my brain pop from stupidity overload when I read #3.

  3. Jessi November 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Took my kids to the downtown trick or treat event. Businesses, including police and fire stations giving out candy and occasionally coupons too. Seriously heard the following:
    1) No you can’t have any candy until Mommy goes home and checks it out

    2) No really, someone forwarded me a text, they’re really finding needles and razors in packaged candy. I’m going to open and cut up all my kids candy.

    I told the husband that next year I’d be going as a sandwich board with the facts listed. The stupidity witnessed last night was endless!

  4. Rachel November 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Work on the phrasing of those statistics please. If 87% ate opened candy and 86% of THOSE kids survived, that’s about a dozen dead kids! Instead of the less dramatic but still intriguinig one dead kid I think you actually mean…

    I checked my daughter’s stuff, mostly to get rid of the atomic fireballs, gum, and other hard candies inappropriate to a three-year-old.

    And if the Reeses population declined in the process, well I wouldn’t know anything about that.

  5. Papilio November 1, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    @Rachel: You were only supposed to answer no 2 if your answer on no 1 was ‘yes’. So yes, it’s about 86% of the 87% of respondents that allowed their kid(s) unwrapped candy, and yes, that implies funnily enough that a bunch of kids – we don’t know how many – isn’t breathing anymore (does a heart-lung machine count?).

    If Lenore has changed her post after your comment: please ignore everything I said 😉

  6. oncefallendotcom November 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    I’m willing to help analyze and digest the finding on any homemade treats anyone has doubts about.

    Mostly digesting. The analysis usually takes 2 or three days.

  7. April November 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    We got some homemade goods that were gorgeous. The mother makes tons of fancy cupcakes and marshmallows on a stick and they are all decorated in Halloween theme. Because of a child with a food allergy we are never able to eat any goods that don’t have an ingredient list on them or that are known to be safe. But otherwise I would have no problem letting them eat them.

    I don’t check the candy except to take out the unsafe allergy stuff and to steal all the chocolate for myself.