Unsafe working conditions.
Jobs shipped overseas.
Halloween is scary! But with a little planning and creativity, the concerned union member can decorate, dress up and enjoy delicious treats without contributing to the horrors listed above.
With so many seasonal items being made overseas, it has
become extremely difficult to find costumes and holiday decorations that are union-made or even made in the USA. One solution is to make your own.
A quick internet search for “homemade” or “DIY” or “last minute” costumes will bring you a flood of ideas. Our favorite: a pair of jeans, a denim shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a red polka dot head scarf, transform a woman into Rosie the Riveter.
You don’t have to be Martha Stewart (or have her budget) to create your own haunted house, graveyard or dungeon. But you can check her website for inspiration! Carve up some pumpkins. Repurpose empty boxes, old sheets, cheesecloth, poster board and Styrofoam into your own shop of horrors.
Looking for union-made treats? Lots of your favorites are on this list made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW):
5th Avenue chocolate bar Baby Ruth Butterfinger
Caramello Bar Clark Bar Ghirardelli Chocolates
Halloween Candy Corn (Herman Goelitz Company)
Hershey’s Kisses and Kissables Hershey’s Milk
Chocolate Bars Hershey’s Nuggets Hershey’s
Special Dark Chocolate Bar Hot Tamales Jelly
Bellies Jordan Almonds Kit Kat Bars Laffy Taffy
Mike and Ike Peanut Chews Rolo Smarties
Sweet Temptations Tootsie Roll York Peppermint
To see the complete list, go to:
Choosing Fair Trade chocolate is a little trickier. There are several organizations authorized to certify “fair trade” and each has its own standards. Visit the website for more information: www.equalexchange.coop/
Think it through and you’ll be able to scare people to death with a clear conscience!