I've always recognized that there's something gross about the mass-crap consumption at Halloween, but it wasn't until I had a kid who would be among the crap-eaters that it really hit me just how icky it is. Don't get me wrong—I have no beef with indulgence, or even a once-a-year gorgefest, but the high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and artificial flavorings that end up in the treat bags? Now that's the stuff real nightmares are made of.
This year I decided that, while I can't control what my neighbors hand out, I can at least do my small part to take some of the nasty out of the holiday. And no, I won't be handing out carrot sticks or mini-tubes of toothpaste—I'm not begging for an egging. I decided on organic, fair-trade chocolates from Endangered Species Chocolates—so yummy the neighborhood kids won't even notice the absence of Butterfingers and Skittles.
Here's a great article on the whole issue of fair-trade cocoa, as well as the benefits of choosing organic: http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/122/candy.