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Ethical treats for Halloween

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Innat Sun 20-Oct-13 22:44:51

I've been seeing all the halloween related merchandise in shops and been pondering about alternatives for trick or treaters. Part of me wants to give something other than sweets which they will get tons of but the alternative seems to be plastic tat which will end up in landfill. One year I gave kids the option of a sweet or a goo-stick and lots of them chose the glo-stick. Obviously I could give out fruit but lots of kids wouldn't think that is a treat...just wondered if anyone had any other ideas.

WallyBantersJunkBox Sun 20-Oct-13 22:49:24

I know you say fruit won't be a treat but I mixed sweets and apples a few years ago for the trick or treaters on our old army estate and the apples went first.

So I would definitely get some UK organic small apples and mix them in with other things.

You could also make toffee apples using cleaned twigs for sticks? Half dip the apples in some fair trade melted choc in the same way?

Dried fruits/raisin boxes??

Grohlsgirl Mon 21-Oct-13 07:10:36

Try googling zero waste home, she has fab tips for reducing waste at Halloween/Christmas etc.

This thread has reassured me that there are others out there who are as intent on reducing waste as I am!

meditrina Mon 21-Oct-13 07:15:18

You could try not participating!

Or if you must, have a look at the Traidcraft catalogue for fairly traded chocolate, sweets and biscuits.

Grohlsgirl Mon 21-Oct-13 07:16:07

Also just found a site called which has lots of alternatives to sweets. It's an american site but looks like there are lots of ideas...

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