What do you plan on handing out to those wee ghosts and ghouls, witches and warlocks clamoring “trick or treat!” on your doorstep? If you’re like most folks in the Garden State, there’s a good chance it will be Tootsie Pops. According to sales data collected by CandyStore.com, a bulk retailer and distributor of the sweet stuff, New Jersey residents have socked away 140,763 pounds of pops. The No. 2 slot goes to Skittles (136,782 pounds); M&Ms (127,894 pounds), which were last year’s favorites, round out the Top 3.
Hot Tamales (194,762 pounds) win in a walk in nearby New York State, with Sour Patch Kids (134,828) a not particularly close second and candy corn, that Halloween classic, a distant third (75,263). Top treat in Pennsylvania: Hershey’s Mini Bars (274,927).
While Halloween can be a hoot, it can also be deadly — especially for kids. The latest federal data shows that children are three times more likely to be killed by a vehicle on Oct. 31 than any other day of the year, as reported by CBS News. Caught up in the excitement of chasing down candy, trick-or-treaters may dash into the street without looking. Masks cut down on peripheral vision. Costumes are often black. And dusk, when crowds of kids tend to be on the prowl, is the most dangerous time of day for pedestrians.
If you’re driving, be particularly vigilant. And be sure to take all that leftover candy to the office the day after, which will help keep you out of sugar shock.