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November 11, 2009


  Thanks to YOU 
Green Halloween® 2009 was a "smashing" success!

It's amazing what can happen when people work together.

Mountains are summited, sun powered cars can be built and holidays can be made better for people and the planet.

Yes, it's true!

From 2007 when the Green Halloween seed was planted in Seattle (when "greening" Halloween was a reference only to its color); to 2008 when the idea began to take root and grow (but when healthy treats and eco-friendly treasures were still hard to come by); to 2009 when the initiative began to explode nationwide (and our website welcomed a whopping 54,000 unique visitors from 9/1/09 - 11/1/09)--this "little" idea has bloomed.

But none of this could be done without the time, energy, enthusiasm and creativity of people from all over the country, sharing a common vision and then taking steps to make that vision a reality.

Thank YOUR for part in cultivating Green Halloween.

We're so grateful to you for taking steps, whatever they were, and however big (or small), to make this Halloween healthier and/or more sustainable for this Earth we all share.

Without your interest, support and involvement we wouldn't be able to create meaningful and lasting change, which is, of course, our over arching goal.

We hope to make Green Halloween® 2010 an even more phenomenal holiday and look forward to including you again.

Lastly, we would like to recognize the generosity and support of our sponsors, non-profit partners and coordinators, in addition to:

  • Holli Dunn (photography)
  • Liloc Studio (web design)
  • Lisa Omori and Monica Talley (legal)
  • Event coordnators (from coast-to-coast) who were open to making their existing events Green Halloween events.
  • Heather Ross & Tabatha Jeantette (projects)
  • The media, including bloggers, who helped us to get out our message in as big a way as possible. (Press page will be updated soon.)

Thank you to everyone who played a role in this year's incredible success!



A tale of two (green) costumes

It's a hoot!

Sarah Stocco of Oakland, CA made her 7-month-old son, Griffin, this adorable owl costume from wool felt, eco-fleece (brown), a onesie, pants and cap Griffin already owned.

Here are the elements Sarah used:


Simple. Sustainable. Smart. (And oh so sweet.)

Something to sink your teeth into

Ten-year-old Ari wanted to be a vampire, but green mom, Wenona Napolitano didn't want to buy anything new or have to sew anything either.

So Ari and Wenona went on the prowl (part of the fun), around their home, looking for Vampire-wear. 

Lo and behold, they came up with all the elements they needed right in mom's closet (raiding mom's stuff = more fun).

Toss in some fangs that Ari already owned, a $1 Ebay cape, rice powder makeup and mom's eyeliner and lipstick and the outfit was complete.

High five, Ari! Well done, green mom.

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photo by  P. Ruprecht

From coast-to-coast, every little ghost celebrates a Green Halloween®

Los Angeles and New York City each put a unique spin on greening this beloved holiday.

City of Angels

Mother-daughter team Rochelle (mom) and Ally (daughter) Maize jumped in to be Los Angeles' Green Halloween coordinators for 2009.

The Maize family has been decorating their Beverly Hills, California home "green" for Halloween for the past few years, drawing a great deal of attention from neighbors and even the press.

Not only do the Maizes go with a green theme for their front yard decor, they add a healthy dose of humor, using natural, reused or repurposed items in, well, unusual ways. 

Check out photos of the decorated Maize home, here.

But the Maize team didn't stop with gossip-worthy decor. Ally, founder of Green Youth Movement, hosted a successful decor swap party and, for the adults, Rochelle (a green realtor) hosted a "Hallowine" celebration. For some of Rochelle's eco-fabulous table decorations, click here.

Hold on to your hats for what this duo has in store for 2010.

The Big Apple

In the Big Apple, a team led by Jim Glaser of Action Arts League and Rob Lunde of HealthCorps, pulled off a weekend of fun for all ages.

Friday night's costume party (an incredible, visual and edible experience) kicked-off the weekend. The next day (Halloween), families enjoyed the Green Halloween Festival at a cute little corner park in the "Nolita" neighborhood. At the festival: booths, games, and activities, complete with a guided Green Halloween trick-or-treat trail (including a dozen or so area business who agreed to hand out healthy/eco-friendly treat and treasures instead of conventional candy).

A Green Halloween float in the NYC parade and gala fundraiser capped off the weekend.

Want more? Here are links to photos and videos.

Green Halloween NYC is a collaboration with Action Arts League and Dr. Mehmet Oz's HealthCorps, as well as dozens of generous volunteers.



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

And so much more!

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


A dream come true

Check out the feature article on celebrating a sustainable winter season by Green Halloween founders, Corey & Lynn, in the November/December issue of Mothering magazine.

Co-authoring this article was a dream come true for the mother-daughter pair. According to Corey, "My mom contributed to Mothering when I was a child. Even then, I loved the magazine and hoped that some day I might have something to contribute to it. Now here we are together with this article that means so much to us both. Everything has come full circle."

Corey and Lynn are also thrilled to be featured in an article in another one of their all time favorite magazines, Kiwi

The November/December issues of Mothering and Kiwi are in stores this week.

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Celebrate green 
all year around 

Want simple, practical, affordable ideas for celebrating healthy, eco-fabulous holidays and special occasions throughout the year? 

Here are six ways to do it:

1. Subscribe to the Celebrate Green! blog

2. Sign up to receive Celebrate Green! e-news

3. Follow us on

4. Become a fan at

5. Tune in Wednesdays at 10am PST to our new radio show (you can also listen later to recorded podcasts)

6.  Watch us on You Tube at: CelebrateGreen

Of course, our book, Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family is also packed full of ideas. If your local library doesn't carry it, Celebrate Green! can be purchased on our website,

For 40% off the cover price, click here and enter the code: LUV2CELEBRATE.


  • Your stories and videos on how your family, school or neighborhood made Halloween green
  • Photos of your child's eco-fabulous costume
  • Your healthy Halloween recipes
  • Your eco-savvy Halloween craft ideas
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.

Green Halloween®

in the news!


Northwest Cable News

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AM Northwest morning show

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VID00242.jpg - 2 of 4 video segments. Make your own face paints.
VID00239.jpg - 3 of 4 video segments. Treat and treasure ideas. 

VID00241.jpg - 4 of 4 video segments. How to compost pumpkins.


October issue of Working Mother magazine (with cover credit!)


Sept/Oct issue of Natural Home


October issue of Parent Map


October issue of Natural Awakenings

October issue of HOMEstyle

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Sept/Oct issue of Just Cause 

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 Red River Family Magazine


 October issue of BayAreaParent
Web feature on
NPR  - Two segments: one with Rose Scott and one on Tell Me More

Good Day Street Talk (airs 10/31 in NYC)

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

Green Patriot Radio

Living Shelter Radio

I'm Thankful Radio


HealthyLife Radio

Get Ready to Learn Mom with Stacey Kannenberg

Conscious Discussions Talk Radio

Green News Report - How to green your Halloween decor

(The 2009 Green Halloween® press page will be updated soon!)

... and keep an eye (or ear) out for Green Halloween & Celebrate Green! here:

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ParentsTV Green Guide for Families by Catherine Zandonella (National Geographic Books)

... and many more!


Thank you to our  2009 sponsors and partners!



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If you would like to be a 2010 Green Halloween sponsor or partner, e-mail us today!




 We are so grateful this week's Green Halloween Hero, Steven Cutler!

Thank you, Steven, for your generous support of people, Earth & community friendly traditions.


Green Halloween® is a volunteer-run, grassroots initiative to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays, starting with Halloween. 
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