We know that getting candy and buying a new costume are big parts of the fun for lots of kids at Halloween, but a locally based nonprofit called Green Halloween is trying to shift kids’ — and parents’ — traditions around the spooky, sugar-charged holiday.
Ann Delano is working with Wallingford Center and other neighborhood businesses to bring Green Halloween to Wallingford for the annual celebration. She shared this information:
Date and Time: October 31st, 3-5 PM
Where: Wallingford Center (and the surrounding businesses, as we keep adding)
What: The merchants have committed to handing out healthier goodies and/or recyclable/reusable “trinkets” in place of candy. All print materials will be printed on recycled paper and using earth friendly inks. We are encouraging “homemade” or reused costumes and reusable trick-or-treat bags. Parents will know who is participating by a sign which will be posted in the window of participating merchants. This will also be a food drive. We are encouraging donations of non-perishable food items for Family Works right here in Wallingford.
Currently, the participating merchants are:
- Izilla Toys
- Fabric Crush
- Crackerjack Contemporary Crafts
- 4 Your Eyes Only Optical
- Bad Woman Yarn
- Paron’s Closet
- Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy
- Mud Puddle Club Photography
- Amita – The Art of Gifts
Whole Foods (a Northwest Green Halloween sponsor) will also be at Wallingford Center and are hosting a Green Halloween Costume Swap Oct. 1st-9th. Our sister site My Green Lake has details on that.