GINTA – Trick or treat? The darker side of Halloween


JUST A FEW DAYS ago, a big explosion and fire at a firework factory in Tangerang, Indonesia, killed at least 47 people.

The death toll will likely continue to rise as many of the survivors have suffered severe burns. Among the dead, a 14-year-old girl.

My mind raced to the banners draped around town announcing great sales on fireworks. I am sure I am not the only one thinking that some of the fireworks being manufactured there are likely shipped to Canada for Halloween. It makes you uncomfortable, doesn’t it?


Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog at

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