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Style Guides: Trick or Treat?

September 27, 2013

Continuing with our Halloween themed articles is a piece on the next best aspect of the holiday: FREE CANDY! This particular piece is written in CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style. Read if you dare!


The only thing better than having the opportunity to dress up as ghouls, goblins, and vampires on Halloween is all of the free candy waiting to be received and eaten. (You’re never too old for trick-or-treating!) This sacred act of giving free candy to those in costumes can be traced back to the 1800s when Halloween first came to be celebrated in North America. People would give “cakes, apples, nuts, and money” in exchange for a “rhyme or song” from the trick-or-treaters (Rogers 2002). Unfortunately, the “money” part of trick-or-treating seems to have been lost in time, but we can still get tons of free candy for just ringing a doorbell (instead of having to rap a verse or sing a song). And truly, when it comes to candy on Halloween, we here in America know how to trick-or-treat. Americans will purchase up to 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween, which makes up most the twenty-four pounds of candy a year we eat individually. Of that delicious candy bought and consumed, chocolate is the winner; a healthy 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week (Halloween candy… 2011)! Still, in terms of a specific candy bought, there can only be one left standing—the almighty “candy corn.” Both loved and hated for its cloyingly sweet taste, triangular shape of excellence, and divisions of color, candy corn is purchased to the amount of 20 million pounds a year! Whether out of spite or adoration, the term ‘candy corn’ is the most searched in Google’s search engine during Halloween more than any other candy (Halloween candy… 2011). Nevertheless, if the thought of all those calories consumed frightens you, have no fear! There are others who share your fright. Tracey Neithercott offers hope for those with diabetes or simply health conscious on Halloween night: “Trick-or-treating isn’t off-limits” (2010). Through simple strategies such as waiting to get home before consuming any candy, rationing the amount of candy eaten (it doesn’t all have to be eaten in one night!), and giving to others any excess of candy in order to avoid such a massive amount (share the wealth!), anyone can enjoy the joys of Halloween trick-or-treating—even if you end up with a bag filled with candy corn.

Huffington Post [Internet]. New York (NY): c2013 Halloween candy facts: 12 things you might not have known; 2011[cited 2013 Sept 24]; [about 3 screens]. Available from: http://


 Neithercott, T. 2010 Oct. Trick or treat?: enjoying Halloween when you have diabetes. Diabetes Forecast. 35-39.

 Rogers, N. 2002. Halloween: from pagan ritual to party night. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 192 p.


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