Calculate How Many Trick-Or-Treat Lollies You Need Tonight With This Formula

Calculate How Many Trick-Or-Treat Lollies You Need Tonight With This Formula

Halloween is on its way, and that means it’s time to start preparing for the onslaught of trick-or-treaters. If you’re not sure how much you need, this handy formula will give you a good idea.

Photo by Sam Howzit.

Sure, you could walk into a store and just grab a bunch of bags of fun-size lollies, but without a little forethought you’ll either be left with extra food or not enough. To give you a ballpark estimate, Taryn Williford at Apartment Therapy developed this formula:

  1. (Kids in your neighbourhood / Servings in a bag of candy) x (Quality of decorations in your neighbourhood on a scale of 1 to 5 + Quality of weather on a scale of 1 to 5)
  2. Now divide that number by 2

That’s how many bags you should grab. It might seem odd, but the neighbourhood decor and weather are important factors to consider. Kids and their chaperones are more likely to trick-or-treat in neighbourhoods where it’s obvious people are celebrating the holiday, and a wicked wind is sure to keep some young ghouls at home.

A Highly Scientific Formula for How Much Halloween Candy to Buy This Year [Apartment Therapy]


  • I already calculated how many I need and I intend to eat them whilst telling annoying little brats and annoying bloody teenagers and annoying adults, that this is Australia, not the US. Besides, I’m pretty sure this thing is meant for little kiddies anyway, not bloody adults who generally outnumber the little ones.!

    • I like your thinking, but my resolution breaks down when faced with telling a 3 year old in a fairy costume “Fuck off, this is Australia.”

      I gave her an apple.

  • My mother in law has organised a community Halloween Night for the last couple of years. No door knocking, it’s at a local hall. You know the deal, local live music, best costume awards, things for the adults and kids. It’s very popular, but every year she gets a few people who will angrily tell her they won’t be taking part because it’s an ‘This is Australia, not bloody America’.

    She says she doesn’t understand the attitude. People complain about the lack of community and not knowing your neighbours these days. But then refuse to take part in a harmless, kids based dress up night. Even the mention of Halloween sends them into a frothy spit fuelled rage.

    • You do understand that this is just another cynical way of sucking money out of you right? The people who sell you this crap that you wouldn’t have bought normally are rubbing their collective hands with glee.

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