The Psychology of Halloween Candy


This is my completely unscientific, totally opinionated and baseless analysis of what your Halloween candy says about you.

You bought your first supply of candy as soon as it was in the store.
You think buying school supplies and Halloween candy at the same time is efficient. You are a planner. You also buy birthday cards in January for the whole year.
You have hidden it in a safe place so you wouldn’t eat it until Halloween.
Unfortunately you cannot find it so you have to buy more.

You bought candy in early October and hid it in a safe place and ate it yourself. You are also a planner. You are the classic passive aggressive eater. Since you displayed self control waiting until October you deserve a treat, right?
Unfortunately you have to buy more.

You bought candy weeks ago and hid it in a safe place but your family found it. You shop with your children. You are easily distracted. Um…wait…what?
Unfortunately you have to buy more.


You buy candy you don’t like.
There you go, playing tricks on yourself again. You buy candy you don’t like with the thought that you won’t be tempted to eat it. You also watch the Food Network’s hit show Chopped or Sweet Genius so you know how to melt anything down and create a delicious confection.
Unfortunately, you have to buy more.

You buy candy you like.
Duh? You’re brilliant. You know life’s too short to not have a treat. Eat now…worry later.
Unfortunately, you have to buy more.

You buy six bags of candy for an annual parade of 12 Trick or Treaters.
You are a hoarder. You have 12 packages of Mac and Cheese years beyond the expiration date. You go to the wholesale market and buy giant sized nacho cheese jars and you don’t even like it. BOGO sales make your heart go a-pitter-patter.
Unfortunately, you will buy more.

You buy 10 times the amount of Halloween candy you will give away just a few days early.
You are an overachiever. You buy candy with the intention of giving the remainder away at work. You have a candy bowl on your desk so that people don’t have to only come and see you when they have a problem. You like to feed people. You are like a bartender of candy because people tell you all about their relationship with food, why they are only going to have one (cutting back, you know…but these are fun sized so can I take one to eat walking back to my office?), and the feeling they have while biting into a York Peppermint Pattie.
Unfortunately, I just described myself, and I always buy more!

Have a yummy Halloween. I hope it’s Boooooteafull!



4 thoughts on “The Psychology of Halloween Candy

  1. You and me both Jude! I always by extra with the thought of taking the leftovers into work, that’s so funny!! And yes, I buy what I like 🙂

  2. and what if you are all (ok most) of the above? Thanks for a fun read! Oh, and what does it mean if there is candy invovled with your morning coffee?

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