First, a public service announcement. I always forget when trick-or-treat times are in my municipality, no matter how long I’ve lived there. So here’s what you need to know for Halloween night, Monroe County parents:
5 to 7 p.m.: Ross Township
5 to 8 p.m.: Eldred, Jackson, Middle Smithfield, Pocono and Polk townships
6 to 8 p.m.: Barrett, Chestnuthill, Coolbaugh, Hamilton, Paradise, Price, Smithfield, Stroud, Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock townships and Delaware Water Gap, East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg and Mount Pocono boroughs.
(UPDATE: Hurricane Sandy has damaged a lot, including Halloween. If your kids are less concerned about storm damage and more worried about trick-or-treating, here is an update from the Pocono Record: Trick-or-treating in Stroudsburg borough has been postponed until Saturday, Nov. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Pocono Record surveyed several other localities on Tuesday and all said they would be keeping intact their Halloween trick-or-treating hours. Best to check with your municipality for the latest.)
That’s hours of walking, walking, walking around. Standing and smiling. Saying, “No, you can’t eat that yet. We have to check the candy first.” But you KNOW you’re going to eat some of that deliciousness tonight, right? After all, you burned a few calories with all that walking, standing, smiling and lecturing.
Sorry, but I’m here to burst your bubble gum.
If you break down your favorite candy into how long it would take you to work off the calories by trick-or-treating, you’re in for a sour surprise.
One roll of Smarties takes 8.5 minutes of trick-or-treating to burn. (And that’s NOT at toddler speed — that’s we-have-to-fill-this-pillowcase-with-free-candy tweener speed.)
Snickers Miniatures and Kit Kat Snack Size: 14.5 minutes each
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses: 8.5 minutes
Starburst Original Fruit Chews: 7 minutes
Strawberry Twizzlers Twists: 10 minutes
Dum Dums lollipops: 7 minutes
And the worst (because they are my favorite, of course): Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures clock in at 15 minutes per tiny-yet-delectable piece.
Hope that didn’t scare your too-tight pants off.