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The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll Found Nearly Half Of College Football Fans Would Multitask If Their Favorite Team Was Playing During Trick-or-treating And Simultaneously Watch The Game While Handing Out Candy. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Don’t be surprised if your college football-loving neighbor answers the door with a candy bowl in one hand and a remote in the other the next time the game airs during trick-or-treating.

College football fans show they are loyal to both their favorite team and their Halloween obligations: nearly half, 49 percent, would spend Halloween trick-or-treating hours simultaneously handing out candy and watching their favorite team play. Other fans would handle the night differently:

  • 10 percent would record the game and go trick-or-treating
  • 9 percent would leave the candy out on the porch while watching the game
  • 10 percent can’t decide

But for 22 percent of fans, kids can kiss their treats goodbye. Those fans would draw the shades, turn off the front lights and whisper their cheers in order to avoid parting from their television screen.

Is Your Favorite Trick Play a Treat?

Twenty-seven percent of fans prefer the flea flicker trick play, when the quarterback hands off the football to their running back, who lateral passes it back to the quarterback, according to the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. Fans also ranked the following trick plays:

  • The fake punt, 23 percent
  • The fake field goal, 17 percent
  • The statue of liberty (when the quarterback appears to be passing, but the running back sneaks up and grabs the ball out of his hand), 10 percent
  • The end around, 9 percent
  • Some other play, 7 percent

Loyalty over Lunacy: Most Fans Willing to Host a Killer to Guarantee Victory

As for the frightening villain fans would rather share the couch with during their Halloween football game – as long as it could guarantee a victory for their favorite team – Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter spooked his way to the top, at 15 percent. Fans were also most willing to spend time with Voldemort from the “Harry Potter” series, at 12 percent, and Freddy Krueger from “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” at 8 percent, followed by:

  • 7 percent: Michael Myers from “Halloween”
  • 7 percent: Chucky from “Child’s Play”
  • 5 percent: Jason from “Friday the 13 th
  • 5 percent: Pinhead from “Hellraiser”
  • 3 percent: Masked Murderer from “Scream”
  • 2 percent: Jigsaw from the “Saw” series

The remaining fans, 36 percent, would chicken out of hosting a horror villain to ensure a team victory.

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