Every year around Halloween I cringe to think about all the candy, sugar and yes, junk that our children get when trick-or-treating. Several years ago I started giving out fun things like Halloween pencils, notepads, spiders, stampers and other creative things hoping that it may catch on. When children would stop by my house most had positive remarks like 'Cool!' and 'Wow!'. That was a good reaction!
Going out this year with my daughter I found that everyone in our neighborhood was still giving out candy. I know there had to be something that I could do to help not only our children, but our future as well. Teaching children healthy habits early pays off greatly.
In searching online today I found it. A mother from Washington state has started something big.... Green Halloween.
I was thrilled to learned about what she was doing and know it will make a difference. She has gathered the support of her community, both businesses (like Whole Foods) and families that want to make a difference and change the traditional 'candy-centric' Halloween into a healthier and environmentally friendly event that can be enjoyed by everyone.
You'll find lots of ways to encourage your neighborhood, school or families to enjoy a 'Green Halloween' and make a difference, both for younger as well as older children. The community and web site is new and still growing but you'll find some great resources.
You can read more about it at:
By taking action together, we can make a difference.
To your best health!
P.S. Last year we also gave out 'Boo-key Balls', a healthy treat from the WholeFoodFarmacy that they make once a year as an alternative to traditional candy. It's one of several dozen healthy, natural and organic foods, snacks and personal care products they have available. It was a hit and the kids loved it!