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Halloween in General

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Americans love all things Halloween -- costumes, spooky movies -- and...candy. 

Sunlen Serfaty peaks inside the production of one of the longest-running candy corn factories, and gives you the breakdown about which Halloween candies are the best and worst for your teeth.

At Halloween candy corn is as American as apple pie.

At this candy corn factory in Chicago --one million pieces have been made every hour, since June, all leading up to candy corn's most anticipated day.

When I think of Halloween I immediately think of candy corn.

Bill Kelley is a fourth-generation candy corn maker.  He says, out of all the different types of Halloween candy, this iconic sweet is more than just a treat.

I think people remember it from their childhood.

That nostalgia passed through generations.

My father grew up eating them, so I just happen to like them because of him and they stuck with me.

Nothing brings out our indulgences quite like Halloween. According to the national retail federation, Americans will spend about two billion dollars just on candy, this Halloween.

My favorite candy in general is Reese's.

Sweetarts.

Peanut butter M&M's.

I like anything that has caramel in it.

But not all candy is equal in the dentist chair

Delta dental of New Jersey says to choose treats that quickly dissolve. Like sugar free candy and chocolate.

Less exposure to your teeth means less damage.

And that candy corn? It's among the most harmful. Stay away from anything that will stay stuck to your teeth for a while, like caramel or sour candy. Those will open you up to faster tooth decay.

And, this year is expected to leave a sour note for Halloween -- sales.

Americans will fork over less this year on candy, costumes, and decorations.

We'll spend collectively almost $7 billion this year. That's down nearly $1 billion from last Halloween.

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