Kids will munch their way through 155 million pieces of confectionery this Hallowe'en, according to research by nuts and dried fruit supplier Whitworths, which has called on retailers to ensure in-store displays include healthy options.

It said 7.6 million children would go trick-or-treating on 31 October. Whitworths' marketing director David Smith said: "If kids eat all the confectionery they are given on Hallowe'en, they will, on average, consume more than five times the RDA of saturated fat, 997% times the RDA of sugar and 270% of an entire day's calorie intake for an active child in one go. As a nation, we're sending kids a very mixed message."