Healthy Halloween treats are no trick

Healthy Halloween snacks are readily available in most grocery stores and whole foods markets.

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SAN DIEGO, October 27, 2015 — Halloween is one of the most popular American holidays, second only to Christmas. Children and teens alike enjoy heading out in costume to roam their communities in search of tasty treats and Halloween fun.

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Photo courtesy of Steven Greenberg/flickr

Americans spend over $2 billion on Halloween treats each year, according to IBISWorld.

Most Americans have an undeniable love affair with chocolate candy.

Chocolate candy is considered a favorite among trick-or-treaters and continues to remain the candy of choice every Halloween.

The following are the top five favorite chocolate Halloween candies based on research by IRI, a Chicago-based research firm.

  1. Reese’s: Introduced in 1928 by the Hershey Company, it maintains $509.85 million in annual sales.
  2. M & M’s: Introduced in 1930 by the Mars Company, it maintains $456.92 million in annual sales.
  3. Snickers: Introduced in 1930 by the Mars Company, annual sales are $456.91 million.
  4. KitKat: Introduced in 1935 by the Hershey Company, it boasts annual sales of $324.63 million.

If you are considering handing out healthier chocolate treats to trick-or-treaters this year, a few low-calorie chocolate candy kisses would be a great option.

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Photo courtesy of Prayitno/flickr

Instead of chocolate candy, it would be a real treat to hand out healthier alternative such as small, portable boxes of natural or organic fruit snacks like raisins and other dried fruits and juices.

Small packages of animal cookies, gummies, lollipops, breakfast bars, trail mix, veggie chips, licorice and sugar-free gums are healthy snacks which would put a smile on any child’s face.

Healthy Halloween snacks abound and are readily available in most grocery stores and whole foods markets. There is simply no reason not to consider offering healthier alternatives to traditional Halloween candy this year.

Healthy snacks and treats are far better for overall health than those containing tooth-decaying sugar, obesity-causing trans fats, harmful preservatives and other troublesome chemicals which are detrimental to good health.

With three-fourths of all U.S. homes expected to be handing out Halloween candies and treats this year, finding healthy alternatives to traditional trick-or-treat fare is a positive step towards introducing healthy eating and snacking behavior to children across America − one child at a time.

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.

In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.

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Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California, was among the first to recognize the growing need for services allowing individuals to remain independent created by the aging of America including the Baby Boomer generation, now being called the “Silver Tsunami.” It is the Baby Boomers who are rapidly redefining what aging and growing older means and looks like in America today. Now celebrating its 28th year in business, AYHF is among San Diego County’s Top Women-Owned Businesses and Fastest Growing Businesses, and enjoys a reputation for upholding the highest possible standards among its employees and its emphasis on customer service. Edwards-Tate is a valued contributor to the public dialogue on current issues and challenges in the home care industry, and serves in leadership roles on the Home Care Aide Association of America Advisory Board and Private Duty Home Care Association Advisory Board, as well as the Home Care Aide Steering Committee of the California Association for Health Services at Home. Edwards-Tate is frequently interviewed in the media on healthy aging, caregiving, and health care topics. Follow Laurie and AYHF at; on Facebook at, and Twitter at @AYHFamilycare