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No Tricks, Just Truth: Fifth Annual Reverse Trick-or-Treating!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
On Halloween night, thousands of children and youth — including those young at heart — will unite across the United States and Canada to help do the following:
- End poverty among cocoa farmers
- End abusive child labor in the cocoa industry
- Promote fair trade
- Protect the environment
They will put a refreshing spin on the Halloween tradition by giving fair-trade chocolate back to adults, while trick-or-treating door-to-door in their communities.
This annual event — Reverse Trick-or-Treating — is part of Global Exchange's Fair Trade Cocoa Campaign in partnership with Equal Exchange. And UUSC is one of more than a dozen social-justice organizations and fair-trade food groups supporting Reverse Trick-or-Treating!
Trick-or-Treating, children and local groups will hand out samples of
fair-trade chocolate to candy givers, as they go house to house on
Halloween. What makes their sample fair-trade chocolates so special
is that they come with a card describing the social and environmental
costs of corporate chocolate — and offering fair trade as an
Sign up for Reverse Trick-or-Treating
Congregations, youth groups, schools, etc., organizing multiple groups of trick-or-treaters
Kits will be available to purchase October 3–7, while supplies last. Sign up to receive a reminder e-mail from Equal Exchange when it is time to order.
Each kit includes
mini chocolates, cards, glue dots, and instructions for assembly. The
cost of each kit is $24 (maximum 2 kits per organization), plus
placing your order, please enter "UUSC"
as the promotion code. Once
placed, orders will arrive within 10 business days. To learn more,
please visit Equal
One household or small group of trick-or-treaters
This year Global Exchange is offering 1,000 Reverse Trick-or-Treating free kits to individuals on a first-come, first-served basis — so get your order in quickly at reversetrickortreating.org! If there are any left, the deadline to order is October 11.
Each kit contains 15 mini chocolates, informational cards, and an instruction leaflet. The kits are free; you only pay $7.50 for shipping and handling. A specific delivery date cannot be guaranteed, but kits will be mailed in mid-October and arrive in time for Halloween.
ways to get involved
- Order fair-trade chocolates from Equal Exchange to hand out to trick-or-treaters from your doorstep.
- Organize a screening of The Dark Side of Chocolate at your home, school, or congregation during Halloween week, October 23–31. This important new documentary reveals the nightmare of child labor, trafficking, and slavery that is continuing in the cocoa fields. Screening tool kit includes a petition for viewers to sign asking Hershey to end child labor and slavery as well as source their cocoa through fair trade.