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Trick, treat, or toy: children are just as likely to choose toys as candy on halloween.

Authors
  • Schwartz, Marlene B
  • Chen, Eunice Y
  • Brownell, Kelly D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2003
Volume
35
Issue
4
Pages
207–209
Identifiers
PMID: 12859885
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study investigated whether children would choose toys over candy when offered both on Halloween. Seven households gave trick-or-treaters a choice between comparably sized toys and candies. The subjects (N = 284) were between 3 and 14 years of age. Children were just as likely to choose toys as candy. There were no gender differences. The implication of this study is that children will not be disappointed by toy treats on Halloween. In practice, nutrition professionals should encourage adults to create holiday traditions that do not rely on unhealthful foods.

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