It was a beautiful fall Saturday at the Marin Country Mart Farmers Market. Tables under the white tent were filled with complimentary healthy Halloween treats, clothing racks were filled with costumes for the costume swap, there were lots of giveaways and even some Mini Music with Ali Weiss.
Heather Keane, with the EcoMom Alliance, was one of the organizers of the Annual Costume Swap and Green Halloween Celebration. “We did this event last year too…we want to spread more awareness of a sustainable Halloween…we work with Green Halloween and a lot of these sponsors, Larabar, Honest Kids , SeaSnax, Glee Gum, Cascadian Farms…to get treats that are a little more healthy for our children and their little bodies…”
EcoMom Alliance is a non-profit organization nurturing, connecting, and empowering mothers to create a healthy and sustainable world. Green Halloween is a national grassroots movement to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays, starting with Halloween. Moms Advocating Sustainability helps create healthy communities for children by reducing their exposure to household and environmental toxins.
Kids were filling orange paper handle bags with various organic treats, magnets, buttons and a little Halloween story book entitled, Mr. Halloweenster Saves the Day.
When I asked Liam, 5 ½, why he was at the Farmers Market, he told me, “We’re doing a green Halloween thing…like non-GMO!” He and his brother Lorcan, 3, were enjoying munching on SeaSnax. With a mouth full of the roasted seaweed snack, he added, “This is my fourth pack!”
Kids and their parents were having fun looking through the racks of costumes. Sasha, 7, told me, “…we brought a skeleton and a vampire costume and I got a really cool one!” With a big smile she was happy to pose for a picture with her new ‘swapped’ Halloween costume.
Everyone was enjoying the lovely mild fall weather, tasting healthy treats and learning more about a sustainable and healthy Halloween.
Until next time, remember, it’s all “for the love of kids…”
In joy, Marilyn