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National Costume Swap Day Twitter Party

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Join National Costume Swap Day for a Twitter Party!

Have your swapping questions answered, support and connect with swapping enthusiasts around the country, and share ideas about reducing waste, saving money, and the joys of greening your Halloween. Maybe even win some prizes!

When: October 4th, from 9 to 10 pm EST

Where: Twitter!

Who: Follow the featured Twitter handles @CostumeSwapDay (host) @Green Halloween @CelebrateGreen @GreenAmerica @EcoMomAlliance

What you can to do to participate:

  1. RSVP with us by sending a tweet to @CostumeSwapDay with the Hashtag: #CostumeSwap
  2. Get into a nice National Costume Swap Day or Green Halloween mood
  3. Follow our featured hosts: @CostumeSwapDay @GreenHalloween @CelebrateGreen  @GreenAmerica @EcoMomAlliance
  4. Log into Twitter through on October 4th a little before 9pm EST and put #CostumeSwap as the hashtag to follow
  5. During the party, make sure every comment you submit has the hashtag #CostumeSwap (if you use Tweetchat, this will be done automatically) in it
  6. Have some fun with a great group of people

Please, help support National Costume Swap Day by joining in on the fun. Also, please share this event with your Twitter network! Do this for your own swap’s benefit, and for costume swap supporters everywhere!

National Costume Swap Day is Saturday, October 13, 2012. To find a swap near you, go to:

For Questions about the party or about another event. Send a tweet to @CostumeSwapDay, post on the National Costume Swap Day Facebook Wall, or send an email to GreenHalloween@GreenAmerica.Org


5 Tips on How Pack a Healthy School Lunch

Friday, September 7th, 2012

By Wendy

Labor Day is over and the kids have officially started school! Now it’s time to shift gears and start thinking about how you can pack a healthy school lunch for your kids to ensure they get all the nutrients they need to satisfy their hunger and growing bodies. From all the back to back classes kids have these days, it’s important you give them healthy food that tastes great and gets their brains working. Here are 5 tips on how to pack a healthy school lunch for your children:


1- Pack a well-balanced lunch: this should include something from each major food group. This will help your kids get a good variety of delicious foods to enjoy at lunch that will keep them full and alert for their afternoon classes.

2- Involve your kids in packing lunch: getting input from your kids on what they want to eat will get them excited about their lunch and ensures they eat it. The last thing you want is for your kids to bring home an uneaten school lunch and be hungry for the entire school day.

3- Avoid anything with peanuts: more and more schools are banning lunches that contain peanuts and/or products containing traces of peanut oils.  So leave the peanut butter and anything else that may contain traces of peanuts, at home for their afterschool snack.

4- Keep foods at the right temperature: for items that should be cold, use mini ice packs. For hot foods, try using a thermos. Lunch bags with insulation can do double duty, like this great insulated lunch bag that are not only cute but reusable.

5- Make school lunch preparation quick and easy to pack: this will make it easy for you to get everything packed and ready to go in the morning without too much stress.


Hope these tips help you give your kids a healthy school lunch that will help keep them full and alert for the entire school day. Do you have any other great tips on how to pack a healthy, well-balanced lunch? We’d love to hear them!


Wendy Yu is a digital marketing professional living in New York City. When she’s not using the power of social media to share ideas on how to be more environmentally friendly, she is exploring the city, trying local foods, and learning more about how she can reduce her carbon footprint.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Green Halloween® or our partners.