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Northwest edition                                                                             2009       

  Green Halloween in the Puget Sound 

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There's a lot of greening going on in Green Halloween's Northwest "hub" this year. And we thought you'd like to know.

Come join us at these area events:

October 8th (6:30 - 8:30pm) - BizNik's Networking with a Cause (Green Halloween & Treeswing) featuring yummy local and organic foods and beverages. Adults only. FREE

October 15th (5:30 - 8:30) - Eastside Greendrinks at Issaquah Highland's Blakely Hall in collaboration with Green Halloween. Featuring local and organic food and beverages. Adults only. FREE

October 21st (11am - 4pm) - Whole Foods Market Bellevue's Green Halloween Day featuring fun activities and giveaways. Costumes welcome! FREE

October 23rd - 25th (5-8pm) - Woodland Park Zoo's Pumpkin Prowl, featuring a selection of healthy and eek-o-fabulous Green Halloween treats, interactive haunted house, and live entertainment. $7 kids/ $9 adults.

October 24th (noon- 4pm) - Issaquah Highlands Green Halloween Block Party featuring hay & pony rides, apple press, crafts, games and more. All food and events $1 - $3.

More events on the way (or click here for Parent Map magazine's list of fall events for families.) For updates, visit our calendar page. Can't wait to see you!

Don't live in the Seattle area? Check out our national events page for happenings near you. 

Know about a Halloween event that's not on our list? Let us know about it.

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Where to shop locally?

You know about our new online marketplace, but what about buying healthy and eco-fabulous seasonal products locally?

Here are a few great places to start.

Pumpkins, gourds, edibles & natural decor:  

* Whole Foods Markets

* PCC Natural Markets

* Jubilee Farm

* Organic pumpkin donuts from Mighty O

* Search your zip on www.localharvest.org

Costumes, accessories & materials for upcyling:

* Rental shops such as A Masquerade 

* Thrift shops such as  Doubletake Vintage 

* Children's consignment shops such as Small Threads

* Natural toy stores such as Clover Toys

Supplies for haunted house/ spooky decor:

* EcoHaus

* The Re Store

Candles:

* Big Dipper Wax Works (100% beeswax)

Misc:

* Post-holiday composting (for candy, food scraps, jack-o-lanterns and natural decor) - Cedar Grove Composting

Can you recommend other Northwest local Halloween items or retailers? Let us know and we'll add them to the list.
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Sugarless in Seattle?
 

Not quite. A 2007 Nielsen study found that Seattle is runner up in America's top candy buying cities. Portland is third.

According to this report. Seattleites purchase 68% more candy than is expected for a city of its size.

Since the average child hauls home 10 pounds of conventional candy on Halloween night, that means Seattle's kids are likely consuming exorbitant amounts of not only sugar (or of greater concern, high fructose corn syrup), but also artificial colors, flavors and hydrogenated oils.

Here are some ways to celebrate a healthier Halloween:

* Give away just one piece of candy to trick-or-treaters and encourage your child to take just one item from each home. One of the reasons for the excessive amount of candy collected is that handfuls are regularly given away.

* Invite the Candy Witch, Halloween Fairy or Great Pumpkin to swap candy for books, a gift certificate for an outing or something else your child will enjoy.

* Instead of conventional candy, consider going organic. Organic candy is free of all the artificial stuff and is better for the planet and the people who helped to make the candy. We love Equal Exchange chocolates and Surf Sweets, as well as these companies.

* Consider treasures instead of or in addition to healthier treats. (We're not talking cheap plastic junk.) Check out our list of natural, recycled and eco-friendly treasures, all of which will be enjoyed long past Halloween night. 

 
Upcoming Northwest news
Stay tuned for these stories on Green Halloween 
 
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  • Portland's AM Northwest
  • Seattle's KING 5 television
  • Puget Sound's ParentMap magazine
More to come!
 
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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

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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 recipe:

No bake coconut-popcorn-marshmallow bars

(a greener twist on a holiday classic)

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Ingredients:

* 1/2 cup unpopped organic popcorn (bulk)

* 1 package/ box (approx 10 oz) of all natural marshmallows or vegan marshmallows

* 2 TBS of coconut butter or organic butter (plus extra for coating pan)

How to make:

1. Air pop popcorn. Set aside.

2. Melt coconut butter/butter.

3. In same pan, melt marshmallows.

4. Dump in popcorn. Mix well (may take muscle).

5. Use fingers to mash into pan.

Let cool and enjoy! (If it's left over night in the fridge and hardens too much, warm gently in oven or microwave for 15 seconds.)

 
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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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  www.GreenHalloween.org

www.CelebrateGreen.net




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