Personally I am conflicted about the Halloween/trick or treating issue mainly because the candy Logan will get he won't be able to eat because it won't be gluten free. My hubby who has never liked sweets did the trick or treating thing as a kid to just go with the flow of what the other kids were doing. And I get that, but why not try and change how we celebrate Halloween? Do we really need to continue to make it into a consumption holiday? Do we really, honestly need to continue that?!?! With childhood obesity on the rise?
Well I love what they are doing in Seattle with Green Halloween. For all you Seattle folks, this may be old news. But I had to share this with my east coast readers to show how different life is on the pacific northwest, and that's a good thing! East Coasters have a lot of catching up to do on the Green movement.
Green Halloween is a non-profit, grassroots community initiative to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays, starting with Halloween. It is hosted by Treeswing, a 501(c) 3 committed to improving the lives of children through nutrition, exercise and healthy environments.
My kids are excited about going "trick or treating" this year for the first time but we're only stopping by a handful houses of people we know and then attending a party. But I think I'm going to opt out of handing out candy and instead pick up some recycled pencils, because I'd rather promote creativity than consumption.
Check out Green Halloween's FAQ's page on some common questions and concerns about changing the way you celebrate Halloween this year.