Most Parents Steal Halloween Candy From Their Kids, Survey Shows

We'd all love to believe that our parents have our backs and wouldn't purposely do us dirty, but unfortunately, that just isn't the case. Parents love munching down on candy just as much as the kids do, despite the guise of their "going to work" and "eating kale" adult lives.

Basically, parents are just snakes who pretend that they believe in limiting how much candy you should eat, and then snack down on your Kit Kats the moment your head touches the pillow at bedtime.

In Reality, 78% Of Parents Who Celebrate Halloween Sneak Some Treats From Their Kid's Stash

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Cashback website TopCashback.com conducted a survey across 3,099 adults aged 18 years or older, and of those who celebrate Halloween. 78% admitted to stealing some of the candy that their kids bring in from Trick or Treating.

When you woke up on Nov. 1 as a kid and thought that your stash looked smaller than it did the night before, you were probably right.

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Not Only Do Parents Steal, But They Are Snacking As Much Or More Than Their Kids

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Not only are parents candy snatchers, but 21% of adults said that they purposely stock up on more candy than they actually need for trick-or-treaters so that they can have a little extra for themselves.

In fact, 28% of parents said that they eat more candy on Halloween than their kids! I can't believe that my parents had the audacity to use the "you'll rot your teeth" argument when they were likely having more sweets than I was.

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But Hey, I Guess Parents Deserve Some Treats, Too

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Adults don't really have a lot of opportunities to chow down on sweets, so we should give them the green light to enjoy all they want on the holiday.

62% of participants identified Reese's Cups as their favorite candy. Kids can't even take those to school because of allergies, so parents are technically being good citizens by eating them.

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Worked Too Hard To Curate This Collection For Thieving Hands To Take It!

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Since the sample size for this survey was fairly small, the results need to be taken with a pinch of salt because they may not represent behaviors across the whole population.

Either way, Halloween candy is likely to be stolen. Time to band together with your siblings to face the real thieving enemies: mom and dad.