Forget ghosts or goblins, Freddy or Jason. In my day it was razor blades in candy. Or at least, the threat of razor blades in candy. That was the scariest part of Halloween for parents...
With each passing year, the trick-or-treating tradition gets one spooky step closer to extinction. These days it's all allergies and racist costumes, and is it actually safe enough to let your kids walk around the block after dark?
Now there's a new phenomenon known as “reverse trick-or-treating” to plague all our houses on October 31st.
Knowing you're at home and that you will willingly open the door to cold callers on this one evening a year, activist parents are taking advantage of their captive audience.
After handing you a leaflet and a sample of fair trade chocolate, these parents will proceed to tell you that the goodies you're doling out to the little ones may not be so good after all.
Don't get me wrong, I don't condone slavery and child labour in the cocoa trade (or in any trade for that matter). But there's a time and a place for everything, right? And you know what, it's not my front porch in a princess costume.
As blogger Kim Conte says, "Let’s raise awareness about and fight against major chocolate companies with disgusting labour practices! But let’s do it before or after Halloween – not when you are at a well-meaning person’s front door taking candy they’re giving you out of the goodness of their own heart.”
May your Hallowe'en be safe and yummy!