One of the clearest steps we can take as consumers to ensure our purchasing isn’t proliferating slavery is to stop purchasing unfairly made chocolate. Unfortunately, at Halloween, this includes virtually all typical chocolate candies. But unless chocolates are labeled as “Direct Trade”, “Fair Trade” or “Rainforest Alliance Certified”, they are likely using cocoa from the Ivory Coast where children are known to be forced into continual slave labor in order to provide large companies with cheap chocolate. So before you purchase your Halloween candy this year, some suggestions on alternatives:
- Just choose non chocolate options like Dum Dums, a simple lollipop made in the USA. There are other non-chocolate candies made in the USA as well. Just check the packaging or search online!
- Equal Exchange offers this Fair Trade Your Halloween Kit, providing 150 pieces of fair trade chocolate for $30.
- Gold Fish Snack Packs (or any other non-candy item, made in the USA).
- This Wikki Stix Trick or Treat pack is made in the USA and provides a fun, non messy alternative to candy.
- Make your own treat to give out – perhaps, some popcorn balls. Just remember to check your ingredients for sourcing!