Happy Halloween Untemplaters! I took this pic at the farmers market and yes, that’s a real pumpkin! Halloween is such a fun holiday so I’ve put together a few neat facts. I’ve also included some great reads on the web below that I think you’ll enjoy.
- Americans spend close to 2 billion buying Halloween candy each year. Now that’s a lot of money to spend on sugar!
- Jolly Ranchers and Blow Pops have 0 grams of fat vs 3 grams in a fun size Snickers bar. So if your coworkers have tempting bowls of candy out this week, go for the hard candy and skip the chocolate!
- George Renninger created Candy corn in the 1880s. About 20 million pounds of these addictive treats are sold now each year.
- Trick or treating is believed to have started in the US around the 1930s but didn’t become common until the late 50s.
- The heaviest pumpkin in the world made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 by Chris Stevens at 1,810 lb 8 oz. The circumference of the giant pumpkin was over 15 feet! Check out how big it is in the video:
With just two months left of the year, are you geared up to end the year strong or soft? Don’t wait until December 31st to start thinking about your goals and resolutions! Take just 5 minutes today and decide on at least one goal you want to reach by the end of the year. There’s no reason to wait until your calendar says 2012 to start changing your life!
Untemplaters, did you or your family and pets dress up as anything fun for Halloween? What goals do you have for the rest of the year?
Buck Inspire says
Cool facts and thanks for the kick in the rear to finish strong!
🙂 Thanks Buck. Hope the next two months work out well for ya! The possibilities are endless. 🙂
SB @ One Cent At A Time says
Had a wonderful day yesterday. Went door to door along with friends and their children. It was fun evening. Happy Halloween.
That sounds like so much fun SB! Being with kids on Halloween and going door to door is the best way to spend Halloween.
I love candy corn! But haven’t had any this year. I don’t want to buy a whole bag cause I know I’ll eat it.
Did you dress up? We just passed out candy and scared some kids in the process. It was fun!
My big goal for this year is to create my first product!
I was so tempted to buy a bag of candy corn yesterday but knew I’d eat the whole bag too so I passed. 🙂 I didn’t hand out candy and get dressed up this year because there aren’t any kids where I live. I love your goal btw, awesome!
Marie at FamilyMoneyValues says
Thanks for the reminder on goal setting !
Np. It’s hard to believe there’s only 2 months left in 2011. We gotta make ’em count!
Eric J. Nisall says
I see some of these kids and wonder why on earth their parents are allowing them to go trick-or-treating and fill up on junk. I’d say they should go visit a nutritionist since it appears that so many of them celebrate Halloween food-wise every day of the year. It is cute to see some of the really young ones in their outfits though.
Tell me about it. At least some of the fast food joints are starting to have healthier options for kids but there’s still way too much candy and sugar out there. Some of the parents of kids I used to go to school with would literally drive them around multiple neighborhoods so they could collect pillow cases of candy – that’s nuts! And I know a guy who gives out the big size snickers bars to kids for Halloween which still blows my mind. I’m sure he has a blast seeing all the kids come to his house, but handing out that kind of candy gets expensive fast and a full snickers bar is way more sugar than any kid needs for one sitting.
“Americans spend close to 2 billion buying Halloween candy each year.” Best time of the year to be a dentist! Haha! 🙂
Thanks much for the mention Sydney!
🙂 That’s so true! They must make a fortune on kids cavities. I’m so glad I haven’t had one this year. Even with novocaine the dentist drill is the worst!
Paul @ The Frugal Toad says
Thanks for the mention Sydney! Nice to know Jolly Rancher candy has no fat, it’s my favorite hard candy. My goal for the rest of the year is to work out on a regular basis, maybe do some hiking.
Peach and apple are my favorite Jolly Rancher flavors. Working out regularly is a great goal. I need to do that too! I highly recommend hiking. Even though it’s going to get cold soon, hiking is better when it’s chilly vs too hot! One of these days I’ll try snow shoeing. 🙂