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September                                                                                                  2009

  Green Halloween: 

It's cropping up

near you

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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.

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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.

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Healthy Halloween recipe:

Pumpkin Smoothie

A sneak-peek recipe appearing in the soon-to-be released cookbook, Many Paths, One Journey to Health by Holistic Moms Network.

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Ingredients:  

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.

Serve.

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 

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If you follow our blogs, you already know...

If you don't follow us, you are missing out.

Get the daily tips and tricks for celebrating green this Halloween by subscribing to the Green Halloween blog and Celebrate Green! blog today.

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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 ideas.
  • 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 year.
  • 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 thrift store.

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.)

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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.
 

 

Green Halloween in the news!

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Sept/Oct issue of Natural Home magazine

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Sept/Oct issue of Just Cause magazine

Cool Mom Picks

... and keep and eye (or ear) out for:

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Oct. issue of HOMEstyle magazine

 

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www.randomhouse.com.gifThe Green Guide for Families by Catherine Zandonella (National Geographic Books)

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Mothering.com - 4 video segments with tips for greening Halloween

WTTE-FOX 28 tV & WWCD-FM 101 radio, Columbus Ohio (thank to our friends at www.RecyclingIsCool.com!)

RecycleBank.com - How to green your Halloween decor

EcoHuddle - Taking questions about Green Halloween from readers beginning September 28th!

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Conscious Discussions Talk Radio

... and many more!

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Thank you to our  2009 sponsors and partners!

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If you would like to be a Green Halloween sponsor or partner, click here for details or e-mail us today!

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Are we missing something?
 
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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.
 
e-mail:
 
Corey@greenhalloween.org

Get your green goodies!

The 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:

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100% alpaca, fair trade bat hat/mask
 

 

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Recycled cardboard skull wreath

 

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Decorative Halloween LED lights

 

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Handpowered, battery-free cat flashlight

 

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Recycled glass pumkpin

 

 

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Recycled newspaper "Happy Hallogreen®" mood pencils

 

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Recycled card-stock Green Halloween® door sign
 
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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.

 
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Green 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 processed-food industry.
  • 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 artificial colors.
  • 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.
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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. 

 

  www.GreenHalloween.org

www.CelebrateGreen.net




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