Giant stash of Halloween candy in East Point

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That’s what 28,000 pieces of Halloween candy looks like.

Jefferson Park-ers collected the stash for the ghosts and goblins that’ll haunt Bryan Avenue on Halloween.

Check The Creative Loafing list of hayrides, haunted houses and other goodies if you want to do more than go door to door. And it can’t hurt to check safety tips before heading out.

The National Confectioners Association reports three out of four homes hand out candy on Oct. 31.

  • Nearly 3/4 of Americans (72 percent) say that chocolate is their favorite Halloween treat.
  • Chocolate scored top points among all age groups, but was most popular among those ages 45 to 60 who preferred it over other candies by 78 percent (compared to 68 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds).
  • Love it or hate it (we love it!), candy corn came in a distant second, garnering about 12 percent of the vote.
    • Speaking of candy corn, about 47 percent of people believe it’s best to eat the whole piece of candy corn at once, while 43 percent of people think it’s proper to start with the narrow white end.

And then the good people at Jefferson Avenue Church open their car trunks to give out candy to the younger set.

East Point baker wins fans with red velvet cake

Atlanta Magazine called Samuel Smith Jr. “the best Atlanta baker you’ve never heard of.”

For six years, Smith peddled cheesecakes and other cakes like red velvet and lemon out of the back of his truck, bringing sweets by the slice into banks, car dealerships, and barbershops.

Read more about his talent at Atlanta Magazine.

The storefront is south of Camp Creek Parkway. Phone is 678-640-3006.

Candy count for Halloween in Jefferson Park

And in case you are interested, the candy drive for the Halloween extravaganza on Bryan Avenue numbers:

We are at 25,970 pieces of candy for the Bryan Avenue Candy Drive!! Woot! Woot! (Sunday, Oct. 26, published on Facebook.)

-14,350 pieces of candy (Thursday, Oct. 23, published on Facebook)

To drop off candy, go to 1355 Bryan Ave.