Saturday, 13 October 2012

Reverse Trick or Treating this Hallowe'en!

You can hardly have failed to notice the abundance of Halloween-related items for sale in the shops.

Like Hallowe’en, chocolate should be a source of joy for all children, including those in countries where cocoa is grown. Unfortunately that is not the case today.

Despite years of promises from the major chocolate manufacturers, little has been done to tackle the documented problem of forced child labour on many farms that supply their cocoa. Moreover, low cocoa prices have left cocoa farmers in poverty year after year.

Why not give Fair Trade treats to your guisers and visitors this year? 

A wide selection of fairly-traded chocolate bars, coins, cookies, fruit snack packs and hot chocolate are available from Small World.  Look out for the Fairglobe range of chocolate in Lidl.  Scotmid have a good range of Fair Trade chocolate and Halls the newsagent have the familiar favourites such as Dairy Milk and Kit Kat.

Another, more radical approach is “reverse trick or treating,” where the children distribute Fair Trade chocolate to the adults and explain why they are doing this.

By doing either of these actions you will be helping to transform the international cocoa industry to end poverty in cocoa farming communities, end forced or abusive child labour in the cocoa fields, promote Fair Trade and protect the environment.
If you are looking for Hallowe'en entertainment in Prestonpans, you might be interested in a family event being held at The Goth on Sunday 28th October 2012 from 2:00pm, until 5:00pm, featuring the Prestonpans Mummers performing their Galoshin play in pantomine style, as well as Halloween storytelling, music and song.

Whatever you choose to do this Hallowe'en, have fun, and please spare a thought for the children being exploited* in the cocoa industry.

* 12,000 of the 200,000 children working in Côte d'Ivoire, the world's biggest producer of cocoa, may be victims of trafficking or slavery.