Posted on October 4, 2011 - by

Reverse Trick or Treating for Fair Trade!

Halloween is on the way, along with leaf piles, carved Jack-o-lanterns and candy-fueled sugar highs. For parents who would like to provide more healthful offerings though, there are alternatives to the usual mass market, preservative-laden sweets. One innovative program we like is Reverse Trick or Treating to support Fair Trade. Intrigued? Read on for additional tips on how to make trick-or-treating an eco-conscious experience while still having fun.

  1. Stock natural and organic candies. Look for treats made with cane sugar, fruit juice and natural colors.
  2. Or, skip the candy entirely. Opt for popcorn packets, granola bars and fruit. Consider giving away non-food items like seed envelopes, crayons and stickers.
  3. Raise awareness of Fair Trade through Reverse Trick or Treating. Sign up by Oct. 11 to receive a kit with 15 Fair Trade chocolates and informational cards that your child can pass out to others. This is a fantastic way to get the message out about the exploitation of laborers working in the cocoa industry.
  4. Bring a reusable tote bag. Lug your goodies home in a canvas bag, rather than a disposable plastic one that is destined to end up in a landfill.
  5. Make your own costume. Modern costumes are flimsy, designed for one-time use, and are often lined with PVC and other plastics. Instead, create a unique fashion statement by scavenging items from your closet or a local thrift store.

Do you have more suggestions on how to green your Halloween? Share your ideas and leave a comment below!

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    October 4, 2011


    MEghan McCleary said:

    I am helping to plan my daughter’s first grade Halloween Parade and would love to incorporate some of the Fair Trade chocolate. Any ideas for how to do this in a fun positive way for 6 and 7 year olds?

    Thank you,

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    Jenna said:

    Thanks so much for making some of us aware of the reverse trick or treating concept – I will introduce the idea to our church’s missions group! I love to learn of new programs like this one – thanks.

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    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth said:

    All good ideas to think about! The only one I am not sure about is the popcorn packets. Most, if not all, commercial microwave popcorn contains toxic chemicals.