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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


Green Halloween, National Costume Swap Day & Green America–the secret is out!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

You know how hard it is to keep a secret, right?

Well, all we can say is that we are relieved and thrilled to be able to finally share one we’ve been keeping for months!

Our “babies”, Green Halloween® and National Costume Swap Day™ will now operate under the nationally recognized organization, Green America!

So what does this mean to you?

If you’re a fan, friend, or supporter of Green Halloween and/or National Costume Swap Day, hold onto your hats! There are going to be a lot more ways to engage with the initiative under Green America’s wing.

(Be sure to sign up for Green Halloween’s newsletter to keep up-to-speed with the newest announcements regarding events, contests, tips, recipes and more).

So that’s the news. We can’t tell you how excited we are with what lies ahead. Please continue to follow Green Halloween and National Costume Swap Day via social media (/GreenHalloween and /CostumeSwapDay), and join us in celebrating this leap into the future.

But we can’t celebrate this moment without first recognizing the incredible generosity of all of the people who have made Green Halloween and National Costume Swap Day possible. After all, while we gave birth to the ideas, it takes a village to raise a revolution.

With gratitude

We have more story to tell (see below for the deets on how the Green Halloween/Green America partnership came about). But first, our sincere thanks…

Our deepest gratitude is extended to the dozens of Green Halloween community leaders across the U.S., many of whom will be in year five of hosting events. Old or new, we recognize your vision, commitment and involvement. To the many volunteers, collaborators, brand partners and organizations who have helped us at the local and national levels, we’re also forever grateful.

To EcoMom® Alliance , founder Kimberly Pinkson, and members such as Heather Keane, we simply wouldn’t be here without your stewardship and look forward to continuing the partnership. Your sisterhood is a precious gift.

Thanks also to Karissa Liloc, web guru; Holli Dunn, photographer extraordinaire; Monica Fields, lifesaver and to the hundreds of green/mom bloggers who have spread serious buzz over the years – you are an unbelievably powerful and collaborative network and we’re proud to know each one of you.

And to everyone who has been a part of growing the revolution; you have created meaningful change and your passion and interest has inspired others. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us.

Together we are changing the world.


Lynn & Corey

Here’s more information about how this great partnership came about:


In 2007, when Green Halloween was first born, we had no way of knowing what it would become. Like most parents, we had big dreams, big plans. But we really didn’t know if we had a junior high drop-out or a Harvard-bound phenom on our hands. After all, people were greening their every-day lives, but no one had really touched the holidays.

Remember, this was 2007. The economy had yet to crash and Michelle Obama had not taken on the fight against childhood obesity. Stats were just emerging regarding diabetes in today’s kids (1 in 3 are expected to develop it). Few knew about the prevalence of child-slavery in the chocolate industry. And forget artificial ingredients, heavy metals in face paints and pumpkins rotting in landfills impacting climate change; these topics were yet to hit the mainstream. We could have chosen any holiday or celebration but Halloween was the poster child of holidays needing an overhaul. A makeover, so to speak.

But would anyone else care?

It didn’t take long to realize that a lot of others did care. From day one, we were flooded with inquiries  from parents, teachers, community leaders, the press and organizations big and small. Green Halloween had been born at exactly the right moment.


In 2008, we officially took the model nationwide. By 2009, we were making news with partners like Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps as growth continued at warp-speed.

In 2010, Corey hatched another idea: National Costume Swap Day. For about one-second we wondered if it would stick. Cue the call from Good Morning America.

In 2011, in collaboration with EcoMom® Alliance, we had our biggest year yet:

Enter Green America

We were beginning to understand the full potential of what we had gestated. Our babies were getting a little too big for our beds. We could hold tight and hang on for dear life, or we could let them go and watch them soar.

We knew it was time to look for a new home. A home with infrastructure. Where the programs could continue to snowball.

Enter Green America.

Green America (formerly Co-op America) is a national non-profit membership organization that works to grow the green economy, and the nation’s leading green educator for consumers. They work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the resources of the Earth are preserved for all the generations to come.

In Green America’s words, “Green Halloween truly embodies what Green America stands for, and vice versa. Green America has a strong presence in the Green and Fair Trade worlds, and we have the capacity to grow Green Halloween and increase public participation.  We are honored that Green America will carry on this great program.”

Of course, we’re honored too.

So where do we go from here?

What does that mean for us? We’re thrilled to remain part of the team, with Green America as the new Mom. We’ll provide support in areas like strategy, partnerships and media, but Green America will take the lead.

We are totally confident in Green America’s ability and willingness to shepherd Green Halloween and National Costume Swap Day and in their stewardship of what we’ve built over the last six years.

See the news release announcing the Green America partnership here.

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and authors of  Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, and founders of Green Halloween® and National Costume Swap Day™.

Join our National #CostumeSwap Day Twitter Party! 9/27/11

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011


Kick off the Halloween season with a

National #CostumeSwap Day Twitter party!

Save money, reduce waste & have F-U-N.

Hashtag: #CostumeSwap

Follow: @CostumeSwapDay

September 27, 2011  6-7pm PST

Get tips & tricks:

  • How to host a costume swap
  • Getting the most out of attending a swap
  • Ideas for a waste-less, spend-less holiday that keeps all the fun

WIN: Great, green prizes from Kiwi magazine, Nature’s Path, Revolution Foods, Celebrate Green! and Angell Bar. (To be eligible to win, you must enter your Twitter handle in the comment section, below.)


Special Guests:

Hosted by: The Smart Mama


How to join the party:

1. RSVP by adding your Twitter handle (@YourName) to the comment section below (only those who RSVP are eligible to win prizes)

2. Join or log on to Twitter

3. Follow @CostumeSwapDay

4. Use hashtag (#) #CostumeSwap to “chat” in the party and to follow other participant’s posts

Hint: You may find it easiest to use a (free) program such as Hootsuite or TweetDeck to participate. New to twitter parties? Do a quick Internet search for “how to participate in a Twitter party” and you’ll find dozens of tutorials.

RSVP by adding your Twitter handle in a comment and enter to win great, green prizes*!

*One entry per Twitter Handle. Most prizes will ship only to Continental U.S.; some may ship to Canada. If you are unable to accept the prize, another winner will be chosen.

National Costume Swap Day™ is a partnership of Green Halloween®, & Kiwi magazine. National Costume Swap Day is celebrate the second Saturday in October each year – in 2011, on October 8th. To find a swap near you, visit

And check out our events page for more virtual and real-live events from now through Halloween, including a #GreenHalloween Twitter party on 10/13/11!

Get a Jump Start on Greening Halloween−Host a Costume Swap

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Looking for a way to harness the excitement of an eek-o-friendly Halloween before the big day, save money and keep costumes out of landfills too? How about hosting a costume swap?

Join dozens of others across the country who are enjoying the fun and benefits of swapping on October, 8, National Costume Swap Day™.

It couldn’t be easier to set up a swap with instructions you can find at You also can register your swap there for free. The site is searched by moms looking for swaps in their area as well as the media seeking stories.

You might get great local or even national media coverage for your business, scout troop, church or community group simply by hosting a swap. Last year National Costume Swap Day was covered on Good Morning America as well on local TV news and other media in many cities, and this year, it’s already been mentioned Family Circle, Kiwi, and Real Simple magazines.

All it takes to register a swap is a place, a date and a time. Private as well as public swaps are invited to register and get in on the fun.

You can also get ongoing tips and more about swapping by following National Costume Swap day on Facebook at and Twitter at


National Costume Swap Day™ is a collaboration between Green Halloween, and KIWI magazine and this post is part of today’s National Costume Swap Day blogfest. Check out other blogs on the topic today!

It’s National Costume Swap Day!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

If you hadn’t heard the incredible buzz (including on Good Morning America!), the first-ever National Costume Swap Day is already a wild success.

With more than 65 registered costume swaps in the U.S. and Canada, there’s a lot of money and landfill space to be saved this year. Plus, swapping costumes is FUN!

Find a swap near you by clicking here.

Hosting a swap? Here are the how to.

Are you planning on attending a costume swap ?

Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.