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    I like that this holiday merits its own front-and-center link on the blog!

    I want to remind folks that the chocolate industry is a major employer of forced child laborers. Halloween is one of the most powerful times of year to let the chocolate industry know that this is not acceptable.

    But have no fear! Delicious, ethically sourced chocolate is available! One company I really like is Equal Exchange: http://equalexchange.coop. They have good info on their website about the issue.



    Katie, it would be great if some people also took note of the Teal Pumpkin campaign (http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project), and provided some non-food treats for trick-or-treaters with food allergies, who can find Halloween rather discouraging.

    In recent years, I have advocated taking back Halloween by giving home-made treats. To forestall poisoning/razor-blade/drugging fears, I add a sticker with the ingredients, and a “made by your neighbor” notice with my address. They are very well-received. I love the neighborhood cohesiveness Halloween can bring, and I think the homeyness of home-made treats can help foster that.



    I agree, and am unhappy that both Admiral and Westwood Village businesses are doing their trick-or-treating on Halloween itself. I don’t expect to see many children going door to door in our neighborhood, but we will be ready with our pencils and stickers.

    Endangered Species Chocolates are a good choice, esp. for older kids and adult parties. Fair trade, and they give 10% to support conservation of endangered and threatened species. http://www.chocolatebar.com

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