It's cropping up
From a pumpkin patch in Petaluma to a zoo in the Bronx, to a school in Scottsdale, Green Halloween is cropping up all over the map!
Want to find a Green Halloween event near you? Check out our ever-expanding events page. There, you can also get the 411 on Corey & Lynn's "play-shops" or locate other healthy/eco-friendly events happening in October.
Having an event you want us to post? Let us know about it.
Stay tuned for more information on the generous and passionate volunteers behind the Green Halloween initiative.
Bright new ideas and more on GreenHalloween.org
We're updating the site daily, so be sure to check back soon. What changes or additions would you like to see on our site? We'd love to hear your ideas.
Healthy Halloween recipe:
A sneak-peek recipe appearing in the soon-to-be released cookbook, Many Paths, One Journey to Health by Holistic Moms Network.
2 c. canned organic pumpkin Organic agave nectar or honey, to taste
1/2 c. organic rice milk, raw or organic (preferably raw)
milk Dash vanilla extract
1/2 c. vanilla yogurt 1 1/2 c. crushed ice or ice cubes
1 T. pumpkin pie spice Organic whipped cream
1/2 lemon, juiced Cinnamon sticks (optional)
In a blender, combine pumpkin, milk, yogurt, pumpkin spice, juice of half a lemon, agave nectar or honey to taste, and vanilla extract. Blend together until smooth, and begin adding the ice while continuing to blend. When mixture is thick and creamy, stop and hold in refrigerator at least 30 minutes. Top with whipped cream and garnish with cinnamon sticks.
Note: This is a fall favorite in our house, especially around Thanksgiving when I've got extra pumpkin. Make sure you add enough sweetener or it will be bitter! Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
Submitted by Holistic Moms Network.
Have a healthy (or healthier) Halloween recipe you'd like us to share in an upcoming newsletter? Send recipe and photo to: Corey@GreenHalloween.org
If you follow our blogs, you already know...
Green Costumes (beyond frogs)
In the "olden days," (the eighties?), many kids
made their costumes, often with help from parents. Making the costume was
actually an enjoyable, bonding activity. Today, millions of people spend
millions of dollars on costumes that are made from non-sustainable materials
(like petroleum), that are worn once, then often discarded.
But there are earth-friendlier alternatives. If you usually
buy costumes, consider:
- Making them. Kids are incredibly gifted and creative when we
encourage them. There are almost no costumes that cannot be handmade. If
your children are stuck on turning a popular TV or movie character into a
costume, brainstorm how you can make it happen with items you already own
or can find used. Be sure to check online for
- Purchasing costumes made from more eco-friendly
materials or at least not
from plastics. Choose cotton, organic cotton, silk or hemp, for instance.
Unfortunately, these alternatives are not yet widely available, but if
you're interested in them, ask local stores to consider carrying them next
- Trading them. Arrange a costume swap with neighbors, check
online at swap sites like Green
Halloween, or see if you can interest a local child-focused
organization in sponsoring a swap.
When Halloween is over, don't throw costumes away. Save them,
dismantle and hold on to the "parts," trade or take them to a
Costume Trivia: Which readily available eco-fabric did Lynn use for making many of Corey's costumes when Corey was a child? (Read to the end of the newsletter for the answer.)
VOTE FOR GREEN HOLIDAYS. Love Green Halloween? Are you a fan of Celebrate Green? Let your voice be heard. It's easy and you'll earn one "good deed" point for the day.
Are we missing something?
Did we leave something out? Make errors in our newsletter? Forget to include something oh so important?
We'd love to know.
So don't be shy- tell us what we missed.
After all, it takes a village to raise an initiative.
And we appreciate your support.
Get your green goodies!
Green Halloween® marketplace has officially launched. It's a click-through site,
showcasing some of the coolest, greenest Halloween gear on the market.
Here's a peek:
100% alpaca, fair trade bat hat/mask
Recycled cardboard skull wreath
Decorative Halloween LED lights
Handpowered, battery-free cat flashlight
Recycled glass pumkpin
Recycled newspaper "Happy Hallogreen®" mood pencils
Recycled card-stock Green Halloween® door sign
Wool "Candy Corn Juicy Bug"
Do you make or sell an item you'd like to feature in our marketplace? E-mail us today!
Looking for a place to buy Green Halloween items locally? Click here.
Want to sell, buy, swap or give away gently used Halloween costumes, decor and accessories? Post on our new community page.
Halloween® is a grassroots,
volunteer-run, not-for profit initiative to create healthier and more
Earth-friendly holidays, starting with Halloween. Green Halloween began in the
Seattle area in 2007 and in 2008 went nationwide, thanks to wide-spread media exposure (in the US and Canada), word-of-mouth marketing and online
buzz, as well as the support and enthusiasm of families and businesses all over
the country. This year we'll continue to expand our efforts from coast-to-coast in partnership with health, environment and
arts-related businesses and organizations such as Dr. Oz's
HealthCorps, EcoMom Alliance, Arts Action League and Treeswing - just to name a few.
Green Halloween is not a single
event, but a one-of-a-kind, two-month push (September-October) to
educate and inspire communities about three primary issues: health, the
environment and community change. We also focus on creativity, family and fun.
Although Green Halloween takes an
optimistic and positive viewpoint, we are motivated to ignite change because:
This generation of kids has a life expectancy
that is shorter than their parents.
The EPA considers that 60% of all herbicides,
90% of all fungicides and 30% of all insecticides found in non-organically
grown foods are carcinogenic.
Over 6,000 synthetic chemicals are used in the
A 2004 study found that children's behavior
measurably improved after a one week diet without preservatives and artificial
colors and dramatically worsened on the weeks they were given preservatives and
Coco beans used for chocolate that are grown in
full sun (as opposed to shade) are susceptible to disease and therefore require
heavy doses of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
The chocolate industry has engaged in the use of
child slaves and other unethical treatments of growers.
Store-bought costumes, makeup and accessories
may contain phthalates, lead and other toxins.
Answer to costume trivia: Burlap. It's a bit itchy, but boy is it cheap, green and oh so versatile. One year Corey was an Ewok. Another year she was a chicken. Another she was a scarecrow.