The scary truth about Halloween candy

Every Halloween, it's not just the spooky costumes that freak me out.

The candy, too. Recently, I went on a serious supermarket hunt for healthier trick-or-treat candy.

There was none.

Just looking at the nutrition labels of popular Halloween candy gave me the creeps.

Of the calories, more than 50 per cent is made up of sugar, and about 30 per cent fat. Assuming you have one serving of each candy listed below, you would chalk up a total of 993.8 calories*.

Frightening.

Still gonna indulge?

This is what you'll have to do to write off those calories: 45 minutes of moderate-intensity (9kmh) jogging, 20 minutes of jumping rope and… two hours of housework.

1. Palmer Ghostly Goodies Mix - Fudge-filled bods Serving size: One piece (11.3g) Calories: 57.5 Fat: 3.5g Saturated fat: 2.8g Sugar: 6.5g

2. Palmer Ghostly Goodies Mix - Peanut Butter Cups Serving size: One piece (11.3g) Calories: 60 Fat: 3.5g Saturated fat: 2.8g Sugar: 6.5g

3. Palmer Ghostly Goodies Mix - Goosly Eye Serving size: One piece (4.5g) Calories: 22.3 Fat: 1.3g Saturated fat: 1.1g Sugar: 2.6g

4. Balmers Creepy Peepers - Chocolaty soft caramel-filled eyeballs Serving size: One piece (12g) Calories: 57 Fat: 3g Saturated fat: 2.7g Sugar: 6.3g

5. M&M's Milk Chocolate Fun Size Serving size: One pouch (13.5g) Calories: 66 Fat: 2.9g Saturated fat: 1.8g Sugar: 8.5g

6. Reese's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Serving size: One piece (15g) Calories: 80 Fat: 4.5g Saturated fat: 1.5g Sugar: 8g sugar

7. Mars Fun Size Serving size: One bar (18g) Calories: 84 Fat: 3.1g Saturated fat: 1.5g Sugar: 10.5g

8. Nestle Butterfinger Fun Size Serving size: One bar (18.5g) Calories: 85 Fat: 3.5g Saturated fat: 1.8g Sugar: 8.5g

9. Snickers Fun Size Serving size: One bar (20g) Calories: 97 Fat: 4.8g Saturated fat: 1.8g Sugar: 10.1g

10. Kit Kat Minis Snack Size Serving size: One pouch (23.5g) Calories: 115 calories Fat: 6g Saturated fat: 4g Sugar: 12g

11. Frankford Zombies Gummy Candy Serving size: Four pieces (36g) Calories: 130 calories Fat: 0g Sugar: 20g

12. Brach's Classic Candy Corn Serving size: 19 pieces (39g) Calories: 140 Fat: 0g Sugar: 28g

*Calories burned is based on a 55kg woman. For more info, see www.shape.com.sg/calories-burned.

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