(www.GreenHalloween.org) Corey Colwell-Lipson - a high-spirited Seattle-area mother of two girls - is hard at work unveiling Green Halloween - a movement to establish new child and Earth-friendly Halloween traditions - in her neighborhood and in hundreds across the U.S.
Green Halloween Spawns Fun with Earth-friendly Traditions
NOVEMBER 01, 2007By Press Release, EWORLDWIREWith an eye towards childhood obesity and concerns about imported toys coupled with a growing awareness of the planet's fragility, Corey Colwell-Lipson - a high-spirited Seattle-area mother of two girls - is hard at work unveiling Green Halloween - a movement to establish new child and Earth-friendly Halloween traditions - in her neighborhood and in hundreds across the U.S. Her efforts have attracted widespread media attention in just a month."Let's start thinking outside the candy box," says Colwell-Lipson. "Halloween can embody the spirit of the celebration without the sweet, high fructose treats. Going junk-food-free can even be fun."Colwell-Lipson points out that Halloween is about more than candy. Green Halloween (www.GreenHalloween.org) serves up dozens of creative, inexpensive, and even no-cost provisions that can spellbind even the most frightful of child dispositions. GreenHalloween.org experts delve into the ways parents can engage and rouse children to entertain a healthier and Earth-friendly holiday. Fanciful, print-out coloring pages, lively ideas for healthy Halloween parties and unearthing Green Halloween neighborhoods are at the heart of the hoopla. Places to acquire Earth-friendly and recycled booty and how to dispose of unwanted confections are among many wickedly clever ideas on the site.Setting the scene to taking the title of First Official Green Halloween Neighborhood, the Issaquah Highlands has come aboard, while hoards of parents throughout Seattle have expressed interest in turning their blocks - and ambiance - green.National retailers have joined the fray to stir things up for the good of the green. Major sponsorship has been secured from Seattle area Whole Foods Market, along with Overlake Hospital and ParentMap magazine, all within GreenHalloween's first month of operation. The recipient of funds raised through Green Halloween activities this year is Treeswing, a Seattle area non-profit committed to promoting children’s health through nutrition and exercise."We've had people all over the country asking how they can create their own Green Halloween," says Colwell-Lipson. "Checking out our Web site and making simple changes is the way to get started. Not everyone is going to want to jump into this whole hog. Testing the waters by offering stickers as an alternative to candy, for instance, is just fine. But as the public becomes increasingly aware of the damage we do to ourselves, our children and our environment without even realizing it, how we celebrate and create traditions in our country will begin to change. By making easy, inexpensive changes, we can keep the thrill and fun in celebrations, but enjoy them in a more thoughtful and positive way."Beginning next year, Colwell-Lipson will move toward the greening of all holidays as well as birthdays.