The Most Popular Halloween Candies Across America

2018-10-30

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  • The Halloween holiday is October 31. Tens of millions of children will put on costumes that night and visit their neighbors' homes. The neighbors will give them candy.
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  • Americans are expected to spend about $9 billion on Halloween this year. Most of the money is spent on costumes, decorations and candy.
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  • The National Retail Federation estimates that more than 175 million Americans are planning to take part in Halloween activities this year.
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  • The online candy seller CandyStore.com looked through 11 years of data to learn which Halloween candy is most popular in each American state. The company found that, overall, Skittles, M&M's and Snickers are the most popular candies.
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  • The Mars company makes the popular candy bar called Snickers.
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  • The Mars company makes the popular candy bar called Snickers.
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  • The favorite candy of Texans, though, is Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. And candy corn came in first in the states of Alabama, Michigan, Idaho and New Mexico.
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  • But children who live in Oregon may be among the luckiest in America; larger-size candy bars are a usual treat in the northwestern state.
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  • What will children wear this Halloween? The National Retail Federation says princess, superhero and Batman costumes are the most popular choices among kids.
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  • A reveller takes part with her dogs in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
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  • A reveller takes part with her dogs in the annual halloween dog parade at Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, U.S. October 22, 2016.
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  • Adults, however, favor frightening characters, like witches and vampires.
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  • Even America's animals are getting into the action. Dog and cat owners plan to dress their animal friends as pumpkins, hotdogs and bumblebees, the retail group says.
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  • I'm Caty Weaver.
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  • Dora Mekouar wrote this story for VOA News. Caty Weaver adapted it for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
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  • Words in This Story
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  • costume - n. the clothes that are worn by someone (such as an actor) who is trying to look like a different person or thing
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  • candy - n. a sweet food made with sugar or chocolate
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  • decoration - n. ​something that is added to something else to make it look more appealing​
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  • witch - n. ​a woman who is thought to have magic powers​
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  • vampire - n. ​a dead person who leaves the grave at night to bite and suck the blood of living people​
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  • pumpkin - n. ​ a large, round, orange vegetable used as food and sometimes as a decoration​
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  • hot dog - n. ​a small cooked sausage that is mild in flavor and is usually served in a long roll (called a hot dog bun)​
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  • bumblebee - n. ​a large, hairy kind of bee; (bee. a black and yellow flying insect that can sting and that is often kept in hives for the honey that it produces​)