No Tricks, Just Treats! Tips for Keeping Your Halloween Made in America

Cathalijne Adams Communications Intern, Alliance for American Manufacturing

October approaches, and ghosts and goblins await a good trick. Avoid the specter of outsourcing (and the ghastly health and safety concerns with which it sometimes comes) with these Made in America Halloween treats.

Costumes

Whimsical, but modern, the Wishing Elephant’s costumes for infants and children have garnered a great deal of attention since the company’s 2010 founding — even catching the eye of the queen of domesticity herself, Martha Stewart, who featured their costumes on her show. Inspired by such cultural touchstones as “Game of Thrones,” “Pinnochio,” “Madeline,” “Star Wars,” and historical figures, these outfits are sure to charm.

Remember that rad tattoo you always wanted? The one you still want? TemporaryTattoos.com — a company started in a Tucson, Arizona, garage in 1989 — now prints more than 7 million temporary tattoos in Tucson every day. With an endless catalog of images, ranging from a particularly horrifying “Gory Bugs & Wounds” tattoo to an elegant “Cherry Blossoms and Butterflies” tattoo, there’s something for everyone. But if you have something specific in mind, you can submit a custom order to complete your costume. As these temporary tattoos are waterproof and usually last up to three days (unless you remove them with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer) Halloween fun can continue until the end of the week. Bulk discounts make buying the tattoos as trick or treat giveaways even more appealing. (Purchase 200 assorted Halloween temporary tattoos for only $20).

Salute American manufacturing and your favorite period in history by purchasing your Halloween attire of the The Sewing Cottage USA’s historical costumes or accessories, which are all made in America. Renaissance, Viking, Celtic, Colonial, Civil War, Victorian, and Edwardian clothing are available for men, women, and children with opportunities to customize or expedite your order. Reviews from past customers praise The Sewing Cottage USA’s craftsmanship and speedy delivery.

Unleash your inner Picasso with Ruby Red Face & Body Paint, transforming yourself and loved ones into whatever your heart desires. This vegan, hypoallergenic, paraben-free, professional-grade face paint company ensures the quality of its paints by sourcing ingredients and packaging from American suppliers. Reviews for Ruby Red praise the ease with which it is used and removed.  Visit their website for glitter, stamps, and stencils for the face and body though you can also purchase a Ruby Red face paint kit through Amazon. 

Decorations

For maximum scare value with minimal labor and cost, pop some Pumpkin Teeth into that Jack-o’-Lantern. Pumpkin Teeth, which has recently reshored to America, sells reusable plastic fang and buck teeth with glow-in-the-dark options for as little as $3. Check out Pumpkin Teeth’s website, which offers some truly terrifying photos to inspire your own scare. Note that there are, unfortunately, several Chinese-made knock-offs of Pumpkin Teeth available for sale on the internet, so be sure to purchase your Jack-o’-Lantern accessories through the official website.

Food

Supporting companies that sustain American manufacturing is more than enough reason to buy American, but health and safety concerns make the case for made-in-American Halloween candy all the more compelling. In October of 2008, White Rabbit Creamery Candy, which manufactures its products in China, was found to have distributed candy contaminated with melamine, an industrial additive that is used to manufacture plastics and fertilizer, in the United States.

Thankfully, many candy crowd-favorites are still Made in America, such as Dum Dums, Cow Tales, NECCO wafers, Russell Stover chocolates, Mike & Ike candies, etc., because companies like Jelly Belly and Just Born Candy choose to continue manufacturing in the United States. If you’re looking for more candy options, USA Love List offers a compendium of American-made candy.

Post-Halloween gorging may leave you reaching for toothpaste, but the ingredient list for some of the most popular toothpaste brands can be more horrifying than the mask you just put away. Reach instead for Davids to support the American economy and the environment while returning that sparkle to your smile. Reviewed by the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) scientists, Davids has earned its “EWG VERIFIED” certification, the organization’s highest possible rating, for using only premium natural ingredients sourced from American companies. Davids has also garnered rave reviews from a growing legion of fans.

Beer

As eagerly anticipated as the pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin beer is a fall classic and perfectly on theme for a Halloween party. The beer, increasingly popular every year, is also deeply ingrained in American history. (Early American colonists frequently brewed their beer with pumpkin rather than malt.) In recent history, pumpkin beer has experienced an epic revival, and the seasonal brew can be found throughout the United States.

Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.’s Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale is aged in bourbon barrels, imparting flavors of caramel and vanilla that are balanced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Not only is this quintessentially fall beer brewed in Kentucky, but the pumpkins used in the process are sourced from local farms. Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale can is sold at many stores along the east coast.

More widely available, Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale also evokes pumpkin pie spices but is sold in 36 states and hailed as the best pumpkin beer by the Washington Post newsroom. Dogfish Head, founded six months after Punkin Ale debuted in 1994, was once the smallest commercial brewery in America, beginning, as so many great companies do, in a garage. Based in Delaware, the company attributes its success to its willingness to innovate and experiment with new brewing processes and flavors.

Find a list of other excellent pumpkin beers brewed in America on Beer Info.

For more Made in America Halloween ideas, check out our blog from 2014.

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Reposted from AAM

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Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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