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Archive for November, 2009

Los Angeles: Mother-daughter team add some humor to the greening

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Mother-daughter pair, Rochelle and Ally Maize, have green in common. They also share a great sense of humor.

Check out how this green realtor (mom, Rochelle) and founder of Green Youth Movement (daughter, Ally) decorated their Beverly Hills, CA home for Halloween (using eco-friendly materials and sharing some good laughs, we’re sure).






According to Rochelle, “80 % of our decorations are hand made.  100% are recycled from year to year. During the month, we had hundreds of people come by and take pictures.  As people drive by, see the  yard & stop- it’s all most caused so many accidents, but luckily no problems so far.”


Rochelle and Ally also added an “eek-o-friendly sustainable garden” (see video, below). “This was incredible with 3 scarecrows and lots of fun items inside.  One of our scarecrows was even upside down.  Everything made from scratch!”

High five, Rochelle and Ally!

And what did the Green Halloween home give away to the little ghosts and goblins who came by this Halloween?

Tree coupons, Equal Exchange organic/ Fair Trade chocolate, Cascadian Farm granola bars, and Larabars, of course.

And over 400 of their neighborhood trick-or-treaters thought their healthy, green goodies were fabulous.

Said Rochelle, “I cant tell you how many moms thank us for what we were doing.  The mom’s favorite were the tree coupons!  They then had to start explaining fair trade chocolate to their kids!  The adults went nuts and loved it.  Even a lot of the kids thought it was so cool that we planted trees for the trick o\ treaters!  A few of the younger ones wanted to see where the trees were- it was too cute!”

But for Rochelle and Ally, being Los Angeles’ Green Halloween coordinators and decorating for Halloween wasn’t ALL fun and games.

“We hosted the Green Youth Movement Costume Exchange on October 25th.  All the members & some Board members brought a costume and picked a new one.  It was great!  The kids also filmed a  You tube video at this meeting explaining there top 5 tips for Greening their Halloween!”

“The kids had a blast and loved this event!  The girls continued their meeting and decided to go to their own schools and post the tips.  One of our members fell so in love with the idea, she decided to change the theme of her birthday party which was October 30th – to “Green Halloween”.

“She hosted 80 kids , had a DJ and I ended up donating 80 reusable GYM bags for her party favors with the 5 tips printed in each bag & “Live Green” GYM bracelets.  The kids all used the bags for trick or treating!!!!”

Not surprisingly, Rochelle wanted to have some Green Halloween fun, too.

“I had a HalloWINE tasting and dinner Hallowine night.  I had about 30 guests- all in costume.  I was a GO Green cheerleader and my husband was a recycled Garbage can!  I think we definitely made a statement this year.  As you may have noticed, I tend to go all out with Halloween. I was very proud of myself for even making all the center pieces with items from around my house. I took branches that had fallen down during the week and  painted them black.  I put them in tall vases filled 3/4 with pumpkins.  I then put spider webs on the branches and little spiders.  They were perfect! Guests raved!  See what a little creativity can do?  I also gave my guests as party favors, incredible mini hand made pinatas in the shape of skulls and pumpkins.  A local artist made them and I found them locally.  They were a huge hit!!!!”




So, moms and daughter, fathers and sons, green cheerleaders and recycle cans, we hope that Rochelle and Ally will inspire you to not only celebrate a Green Halloween but also to toss in a little humor with your green (or a little green with your humor).

Any way you slice it, if you make sustainability fun, it’s more likely to be sustainable.

How do YOU put the F-U-N in your green? Add your comments below.

ChicoBag & Green Halloween design contest announcement

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork for ChicoBag and Green Halloween’s 2nd Annual Trick-or-Treat Bag Design Contest!

We had a wonderful response and received many great pieces of art for the contest! Due to the high volume of creative entries and because we are looking at each one carefully our winner will not be announced until next week. Stay posted and thank you for your patience!


The ChicoBag & Green Halloween teams

Eco fabulous food, decor & more at the Green Halloween NYC kick-off soiree

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

As promised, here are some photos from last Friday night’s Green Halloween NYC kick-off party at OpenHouse Gallery.

Check out the amazing food… er, edible art… er, decor by Flavor Palette (sorry – no URL available).



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not mine

(Photo by Roy Reid/RFive Design)

The living and natural decor from grass “tablecloths” to vine (and bicycle wheel) chandeliers…








The stunning performances…


(Photo by Lenox Fontaine)


(Photo by Lenox Fontaine)

And , of course, incredible costumes (no one does it quite like New Yorkers!)






(Photo by Roy Reid/RFive Design)

For more photos, info on the event and the people behind it, check out this article on BizBash.

Issaquah Highland’s Green Halloween Family Festival (video)

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

A wonderful example of how a neighborhood can create fun family traditions that are good for kids, the planet and the community.

High five, Issaquah Highlands Council! Thank you for taking part in Green Halloween once again!

What did Corey wear for Halloween?

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Thanks to a handful of generous designers and companies, my Halloween in NYC was not only fun, it was eco-fabulous!

Here is what I wore to the Green Halloween kick-off party on Friday night. (Clearly, I need a new pose.)

Lizzie dress

Wearing (and loving) Lizzie Parker – a Seattle local designer and amazing woman. I’m a huge fan. The outfit was not intended to be a costume, but for this photo I donned a black witch hat, borrowed from my daughter. Also wearing a necklace made of funky, upcycled materials and upcycled guitar string hoop earrings from Etsy. Not in photo – black Lizzie Parker cape and chocolate candy wrapper clutch from Ecoist.

coffee dress

That same night, I also wore “Coffee Couture” – Made by designer Susan Alveshere and loaned to me by A Masquerade in Bellevue, WA. The dress is made of hand-dyed burlap coffee bags (surprisingly un-itchy!), hand sewn coffee bean embellishments, and coffee filters (complete with a coffee filter flower hair clip). With Rainforest Native acai necklace and bracelets, MapleXO upcycled skateboard hoop earrings and bangles, Mohop sustainable wood wedge platform sandals, and Cosabella bamboo tank top. (See the exact dress on the runway here - page 24.)


On Halloween at the Green Halloween NYC family festival (with my mom and I and costumed friend, Leslie Bocskor), wearing rented (reused) dress, necklace and “windswept” mask courtesy A Masquerade.

We’ll be posting more news and photos from our time in NYC, but in the meantime, we’d love to hear from you… What did your family do for Halloween? What did your kids wear? What about you? Post comments below.