More to Chew On: Last Bites From Around the Country

By The Chew Crew Oct 22, 2012

Halloween is almost here and we can’t get enough of the holiday.  Check out all the holiday-related news we’re reading.
Halloween can be flat out pricey and according to a new survey by the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend an estimated $8 billion on Halloween decorations, costumes, candy and greeting cards. On top of that, only 7 in 10 Americans plan on celebrating Halloween this year and this means the average person will spend $79.82 on the holiday.
All this week we are going to show you how to spend a fraction of that price without sacrificing the costumes, décor and candy you love. Halloween should be stress-free and fun. You shouldn’t have to stress out about how much it’s going to cost you.
There’s bound to be tons of candy floating around your home in the next few weeks and more than a few pieces are sure to fall on the floor. Are you a believer in the five second rule?  If an unwrapped piece of candy hits the floor would you still eat it?  Researchers at San Diego State University found that germs do in fact attach themselves to edible items within five seconds.  To do this research they dropped food on countertops, sinks, tables and floors and found that germs attached to the food on all the surfaces.  It might be best to grab a fresh piece and toss that dirty candy.
Can you imagine a Halloween without candy?  Everyone remembers trick or treating as a kid and going to the house that gave out apples instead of candy. Is it a Halloween faux pas?  According to a new survey, 70% of parents agree that they want their kids to receive less candy and more healthy, non-candy treats.