42Little One prefer Snickers over apples? If your goals for your child’s health and nutrition needs are at odds with the giant haul of candy they collect during trick-or-treat, check out Green Halloween. Green Halloween’s founder, Sammamish mom Corey Colwell-Lipson, has a motto: “Think outside the candy-box.” That’s the idea behind the Green Halloween movement, which was founded locally this year and plans to serve as a country-wide model.

What’s involved? Go online, find houses who are making green – meaning healthy for kids and the environment – choices of treats this Halloween, or register your own home as a green one. Issaquah Highlands has signed on as the first all-Green Halloween neighborhood. On the site, you’ll find all sorts of non-candy fun for Halloween: tips in planning neighborhood parties in lieu of trick-or-treating, coloring sheets to print and do, game ideas, and ways to focus celebration on costumes instead of candy. The site offers a list of local ghoulishly green goings-on.

Whole Foods is a major sponsor of Green Halloween, and is the place to pick up bags and other gear with the Green Halloween logo – including a sticker you can place in your window to let neighbors know they’ll find healthy treats inside.

PS – Each year, Green Halloween will support a like-minded charity. This year’s beneficiary is Treeswing, a nonprofit focused on improving childhood fitness and nutrition. Support Green Halloween and Treeswing by shopping at the Whole Foods stores in Bellevue and Roosevelt Square on Thursday, October 11, Community Giving Day.

Green Halloween
www.greenhalloween.org