Before diving into the crochet Trick or Treat bag pattern, let’s talk a bit about chocolate. Did you know that an estimated 2.1 million children are used as laborers in cocoa plantations in West Africa? Were you aware that children are often trafficked and sold into forced slavery harvesting cocoa beans to make chocolate?
At this point you may be asking yourself, isn’t this a crochet blog? What on earth does this have to do with crochet???
Well, the free crochet pattern I am providing is for crochet Halloween Trick or Treat bags and this is the time of the year when we spend RIDICULOUS amounts of money on candy.
I will not pretend to understand the supply chain of cocoa and chocolate, and I don’t think there is a simple solution to ending child labor in these areas. However, I do know that we have the most powerful voting tool in the form of our money and with each purchase we make, we are supporting the business practices of the seller.
It can be overwhelming to try to be an informed consumer. Many times we don’t know from where products are sourced and we don’t have an abundance of time to figure it out before making purchases. A great place to start making informed choices is with products that aren’t necessities in life. Chocolate is not a necessity. (Alright, alright-put down the pitchforks – you know it’s true although some days I feel like I am fueled only by chocolate and coffee.)
So what am I advocating? Skip the chocolate?
Hardly. In fact, I think it may be helpful if you purchase MORE chocolate (bet you didn’t see that coming!)
Just purchase it from brands that already have ethically sourced practices in place. I say “brands” and not just “companies” because Hershey’s bought the Dogoba brand, understanding that the market for organic and responsibly sourced products is growing. We, as consumers, have SO MUCH POWER to vote for change not to mention to hold companies to ethical standards!
So, what decisions can you make THIS Halloween to not support child labor in the cocoa supply chain?
Purchase ethically sourced chocolates to hand out like these available on Amazon by Endangered Species or these available on Amazon by Theo. Look for Fair Trade certified products.
Purchase non-candy items for trick or treaters. (Think stickers, pencils, glo-sticks.)
Sponsor a child or donate to organizations affecting change in these areas.
We sponsor a child through World Vision. There are other organizations working in those areas who I have not worked with personally.
Be a Halloween grinch – draw the shades, turn off the porch lights, don’t answer the door, and enjoy as many pieces of your ethically sourced dark chocolate morsels as you desire (this is what I will be doing – sorry kids!)
(See links towards bottom of post for further reading on child labor and the cocoa industry)
As a fun bonus I’ve created an additional 5 Halloween Treat bag patterns! Now you have numerous options to make this year.
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Crochet Trick or Treat Bag Pattern
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US-Size J/10 Crochet Hook or US-size I/9
1 skein medium weight yarn (at least 170 yd)
Partial skein of contrasting color
Large Eye Tapestry Needle (my go to needles on Amazon)
dc(s): double crochet(s)
sc: single crochet
c2c: Corner to corner
Bat Trick or Treat bag: 9.5” x 9.5”
Heart Trick or Treat bag: 8.5” x 8.5”
The bat halloween bag was made using Vanna’s Choice and a J hook. I ran out of that skein SO CLOSE to the end. I learned my lesson to be more conservative with my yarn if I haven’t planned ahead of time exactly how much I’ll need. also found it easier to carry the yarn across the backside instead of trying to do bobbins.
I worked the c2c with double crochets using 5 and 2 instead of 6 and 3. (Chain 5 to start a new row and chain 2 to start a new block)
Pattern Instructions for Trick or Treat Bags:
The halloween treat bag is made following one of the graphs below. Each graph is a 15 by 30 rectangle. After completing the rectangle, fold the bag in half and single crochet down both sides and attach handles.
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as first dc throughout), dc in 3 remaining chs. Ch 2, turn
Row 2: dc in each dc below. Ch 2, turn
Repeat row 2 for 21 rows. Make 2 handles.
To attach the handles, hold the end of one strap securely in place on the 6th c2c block in from the side. Using a tapestry needle, whip stitch around the end of the handle to secure it to the bag. Repeat with the other side of the handle on the 6th block from the other side. Turn the bag over and attach the other handle on the other side.
(I attached using a whip stitch around the base of the handles on the heart bag and on the bat halloween bag I attached them like a button. Both work fine and keep the handles attached but the whip stitch seems more secure.)
Crochet Trick or Treat Bags C2c Graphs:
Boo Halloween Bag Pattern
Crochet heart Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Pattern
Crochet Pumpkin Trick or Treat Bag Pattern
Dead Face Crochet Halloween Treat Bag PatternBat Halloween Treat Bag Pattern
Do you like crocheting bags? Here are some other bags you might like to make!
Meet Me at the Market Crochet Grocery Bag
Cities Crochet Circle Bag
Navy Stripes Bag
Take Me to the Beach Tote
You’ll also love this great roundup post of 50+ Halloween Crochet Patterns.
US Department of Labor Report
Does Nestlé have child labour in its cocoa supply chain?
World Cocoa Foundation