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October 14                                                                                            2009

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Click for Corey!
Come, on show your love.

For Green Halloween's founder and director, Green Halloween is a labor of love.

Since launching Green Halloween in 2007, Corey has devoted countless hours, days, weeks, months (you get the picture) working tirelessly to ignite enthusiasm for healthy, meaning-filled, sustainable - and fun!- holidays for the health and well being of people and planet.

Now you can show Corey a little love with a simple click.

Corey is a contestant Project Green Search. Even as a finalist, she will have the opportunity to get the word out about Green Halloween (and other holidays) in ways never before possible. (Who knows? Maybe soon, Green Halloween will be a household concept!)

But Corey needs your help. And, luckily, helping is easy. 

1. Go to Corey's page

2. Hover over the stars under her picture and click on the STAR FARTHEST TO THE RIGHT ONLY (It is a rating system so please don't click on any other stars!)

3. Ask ten friends to vote for Corey, then ask them to ask ten of their friends to do the same.

4. If you Twitter, blog, use Facebook, etc. let others know.

Please take a moment to vote right now (the rest of e-news will be right here waiting for you). One vote per IP address.

Voting ends this Friday. Finalists announced Saturday.

Thank you for the gift of your time, support and click!

(And for those of you who have already helped move Corey up to a top position - we are incredibly grateful for your votes and for your awesome comments.) 

Note: We have over 1,000 people on this mailing list so, with your support we should be able to ROCK the vote. Go team, go!

Boo at the Zoo and other Green Halloween events

This year, Green Halloween has partnered with Zoos across the country to help make their Halloween events healthier and more sustainable.

Look for a Green Halloween presence at the following zoos:

  • Seattle, WA
  • Denver, CO
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Bronx, NY

Don't see your local zoo listed? Let them know you'd like them to be next year. Feel free to give them our e-mail address to learn more:

For our ever-growing list of national Green Halloween events, click here.



 Try our new online game:


Thanks so much to Conscious Arcade for the creation and design!




for celebrating a Green Halloween!

New web tools and downloadables to help your family, school or neighborhood go green this Halloween:

... and more!



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

And so much more! (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.



Do you love our photos of kids in costume?

We do, too.

And they are all thanks to Holli Dunn, our photographer extraordinaire, who - from day one - jumped in to give the gifts of her time, talent and creativity to help us create the "look" of Green Halloween via her sweeter-than-candy images of kids in costume.

Want to get some cute picks of your wee-ones?

On October 17th and 24th, Holli will be hosting mini-sessions (think ahead for the winter holidays!) and she's offering a special for Green Halloween families: One free set (24) of Eco-matte* holiday cards with purchase of the session. 

Contact Holli via her site for details:

*Eco-matte is 100% post consumer waste stock that is made using 100% wind  generated electricity.


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Interesting ECO facts:

Q: Which holiday food is wasted the least?

A: According to Robert Lilienfeld, the editor of The Use Less Stuff Report, "The most significant environmental opportunity we have other than fossil fuel reduction is food waste reduction. The environmental, economic, social and political impacts are enormous. The foods that's wasted the least, according to my co-author Bill Rathje (and director of The Garbage Project), is candy. So, from this perspective, Halloween is a rather sustainable holiday - except for the pumpkin waste."

Note from GH: Now that's an unexpected twist! Be sure to compost ALL food waste, food scraps, natural decor and uneaten candy. Learn how here.



Follow us. Friend us. You'll be glad you did.
(We will, too.)
Thank you to our almost 1,800 Twitter followers on CelebrateGreen! We've just launched a new account exclusively for Green Halloween, so if you haven't joined us, we'd love to see you there.
And buckets of thanks go out to the team at Weisenbach Printing for setting up the brand new Green Halloween Facebook page!


  •  Your stories, photos, videos on how your family, school or neighborhood is greening Halloween
  • Your healthy Halloween recipes
  • Your eco-fabulous Halloween craft ideas

Green Halloween in the news!


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

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

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 NPR.gif Tell Me More with Michel Martin Green Guide for Families by Catherine Zandonella (National Geographic Books) - 4 video segments with tips for greening Halloween

HealthyLife Radio

Get Ready to Learn Mom with Stacey Kannenberg - How to green your Halloween decor

Conscious Discussions Talk Radio

AM Northwest (TV)

Northwest Cable News (TV)

... and many more!


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!

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!

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:

Upcycled Borris Bally skull platter
Green Halloween & ChicoBag reusable trick-or-treat bag
Handmade wool acorn set
Hand-powered, battery-free cat flashlight
Fair Trade, 100% alpaca mask & tail sets
Recycled newspaper "Happy Hallogreen®" mood pencils


Recycled card-stock Green Halloween® door sign

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.


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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