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Parenting on the Edge: The war on Halloween


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Halloween has always been a time of high anxiety for parents. Between finding the perfect costume and protecting their little goblins from real-life boogeymen after dark, parents have enough to worry about this holiday. Now here's one more thing to add to the list: candy guilt. It's not just mythical razor blades in candy that can harm your child: its transfats, unfairly traded cocoa, refined sugars, palm oil and peanuts, to name a few offenders.


Mary Elizabeth Williams, staff writer for