Have you heard of reverse trick or treating? It’s a wonderful concept created by the good people over at Global Exchange to bring attention to the plight of cocoa farmers and raise awareness for the benefits of Fair Trade. I recently came across the Equal Exchange Reverse Trick Or Treating Facebook Page and knew this was something I wanted my kidlets to participate in!
“This Halloween, you can help end the exploitation of adults and children working in the cocoa industry and raise awareness of Fair Trade! Trick-or-treaters will be handing Fair Trade chocolate back to adults, with informational cards attached, to explain the problems of the cocoa industry and how Fair Trade presents a solution. Through providing children with an opportunity to have their voice heard, hundreds of thousands of households in the US are getting the message that child labor and forced labor will not be tolerated by our kids. “ -Equal Exchange
Here’s how you can join in…
1. Sign up at the Reverse Trick Or Treating Website by October 21st. You will receive a kit that contains 15 mini chocolates, informational cards and an instruction leaflet. The kits are free, you only pay $7.50 for shipping and handling. (If you are a group, school or organization and wish to purchase a group kit, please visit Equal Exchange’s order page.)
2. Assemble your kit- each kit includes minis, cards, glue dots, and instructions for assembly.
3. Go trick-or-treating as you normally would, and have your kidlets offer one card to an adult at each house they visit.
If you don’t have a chance to order a kit, you can still download free fliers here and have your kidlets pass them out on Halloween!
Since Halloween is all about candy, it’s a perfect time to teach kidlets about the problems in the cocoa industry, and how they can make a difference. “The Dark Side Of Chocolate” is a perfect “scary movie” to share with your family and friends prior to reverse trick or treating. We’re having a screening of the dvd at our house a few days before Halloween to educate friends & encourage them to pass out the reverse trick or treating fliers with us!
Reverse trick or treating is a wonderful way to bring real meaning & purpose to the Halloween holiday. I am so excited to start this new tradition with our family. Have you ever gone reverse trick or treating before, or will you be participating for the first time this year? I’d love to hear about your experiences with reverse trick or treating, or any other special Halloween traditions you and your family share!
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