While Hurricane Sandy threatens to wreck Halloween for children up and down the East Coast, here in Seattle, it’s merely supposed to rain. Please, don’t let that stop you from going out and trick-or-treating.
Here’s a grab-bag of thoughts on the topic. Please, take only one:
Alice asked us to make sure folks knew that there is a boycott on of Hershey’s chocolate, which has been using child slave labor (yes, five year-olds working without pay) in the Ivory Coast to harvest their cocoa. See Hershey Slave Labor Will End With Switch to Fair Trade Cocoa and other articles for details and source info. In the face of public outcry, they’ve agreed to switch to Fair Trade certified cocoa in one particular line of their chocolate, but for the rest of it, they’re saying it will be eight years before they quit themselves of slavery. Painful to imagine that happening to my child. Oh, and the chocolate tastes like wax.
So what should you get? We’ll get bludgeoned if we get all preachy about healthy food and anti-consumerism, but if you, of your own free will, are trying to think of things to give besides snack-sized candy bars, may we suggest something like super balls or mini-Play Dohs? With all the food allergies out there, it would be sweet if we could come up with some other ideas, as well. Anyone got any?
It’s been great to see a resurgence in door-to-door trick-or-treating (a retreat from the stranger-danger fear-driven mall-based trick-or-treating that gained currency for a while). Our house placement has deprived us of little visitors, who apparently have carefully constructed maps of the optimal and sub-optical locations to visit, but we’ve seen droves going up and down the streets these past few years.
One spot in particular to hit is 42nd and Eastern, where Flip and Marilyn put on a fantastic and interactive funhouse display every year (and parents and kids converge in a giant spooky jam). If there are other spots to hit, let us know!
(Photo snagged from Paul Dorpat’s fabulous Seattle Now & Then blog, and taken in front of Flip and Marilyn’s)