How green is your Halloween?

  • Tue Sep 28th, 2010 11:11pm

Do you ever groan at the thought of the institutionalized marketing blitz of this non-holiday? Are you frustrated by “parental duty” to offer your children the (same) Great Halloween Experience? So many costumes are used once, thrown away and then dumped in landfills. So much less-than-nutritious candy is abundantly offered and consumed but at what cost to the pocketbook and the health of our children? Parents don’t despair! Read on for upcoming events.

There is a national movement called Green Halloween that started in our own Puget Sound region by Corey Caldwell-Lipson. Go to and the good news is that Melinda Knight, founder of has created a local presence Green Halloween-Edmonds (on Facebook).

Womentorz and Coldwell Banker Bain (CBB) have organized a costume swap at CBB’s office, 108 5th Ave. S in Edmonds from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 9. If you want to clear out your closets of good reusable costumes, drop them off at CBB’s office after Oct. 1. You can get a ticket with the number of costumes dropped then return on the day of the event to choose replacements from the collection.

Green Halloween-Edmonds has the support of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and will be participating in the annual downtown Edmonds Halloween event. Volunteers are welcome to assist at either event and you can contact Melinda at as well as follow the latest news on the Green Halloween Edmonds Facebook Page.

Residents and businesses might consider alternatives to celebrating Halloween as usual. If you plan to give treats, consider nutritious sweets, or useful alternatives. Offer children to choose school supplies like pencils and erasers and throw in some stickers. offers many suggestions for treats in addition to creating new Halloween rituals like making kids own unique costumes (with their help of course).

Living green doesn’t have to be boring, but it is about changing choices and the habits of how you live. Green living is not only about the health of our bodies, but also the health of our planet by lessening the waste stream, recycling and using our resources wisely and sustainably. After all, this is our home world and at this point in time, it’s the only one we know of. Let us all become better stewards of our “Spaceship Earth.”

By Richard Bisbee

Richard Bisbee is with Sustainable Edmonds. He can be reached at 425-670-2856.