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Keep a Clean, Green Halloween Scene with Expert Tips from Lorie Marrero

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

by Corey


Check out these eek-o-fabulous tips for greening your Halloween from our friend, organizing expert, Lorie Marrero.

Love what you see? Find more of Lorie’s great ideas for greening your Halloween scene in this article at, where Lorie is a contributing blogger.

Even more cool tips at!

About Lorie: Certified Professional Organizer® Lorie Marrero is the bestselling author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. She is also the creator of, an innovative program allowing anyone to get expert help at an affordable price. Her organizing books and products are sold online and in stores nationwide. Lorie is the spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International, and she is a sought-after expert for national media such as CNBC, Family Circle, WGN News and Woman’s Day. She writes weekly as the organizing expert for Good Housekeeping’s Home Style blog. Learn more about Goodwill’s Donate Movement here.

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Guest post: A Better Way to Celebrate Halloween

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Guest post by Dana Verhoff

This year my daughter will celebrate her fifth Halloween.  I can easily remember each costume she has worn.  There was the blue cow, a hooded sleeper borrowed from a neighbor, and the lion, handed down from cousins in Missouri.  My favorite was the year she dressed as a cowgirl.  The little red shirt with white piping she worn was mine from childhood, a gift from my Grandma Tex.  I wore it for my second Halloween.  My sister wore it, and her daughter wore it.  Someday, my youngest daughter will wear it, too.  The photo that you see above is from last year.  My oldest wore a dress and tiara from her princess collection (hand-me-downs and gifts) and shoes that still fit from Christmas.  My youngest wore a pea costume borrowed from a neighbor.  Ah, yes, the Princess and the Pea!

I can even remember a few costumes from my own childhood – Strawberry Shortcake, a gypsy, a magician, and a punk rocker.  With one exception, all of those costumes were put together with borrowed things from closets in my house or the neighbors.  The Strawberry Shortcake costume was store-bought because as a five year old, I insisted upon it.  And, you know what?  I hated that plastic smock and impossible-to-see-through mask, and both were ripped by the end of the night.

Yes, I’ve been thinking a lot about costumes lately.

And I’ve come to the conclusion that National Costume Swap Day™ is about showing our children a better way to celebrate! Because something as simple as a costume swap does make a difference.

Admittedly, swapping costumes is a shift in the way kids think;  it has become the norm to decide what you “want to be” and then head to the nearest box store and buy a new costume.  In contrast, a swap offers children the chance to make a decision with an open-mind and possibilities laid out before them!  Dare I say it may even be reminiscent of those times you raided your parent’s closet to put together a costume … you know, back in the day!

Here’s the bottom line: Halloween has become a holiday filled with traditions that are unhealthy for our children and our planet. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to serve as role models.  Participating in a costume swap not only encourages celebrating in a way that is healthier and more earth-conscience, but it also empowers our children to think about how small changes can have a big impact.  All while still having fun!


Dana and her partner, Diana, publish family-friendly website, Macaroni Kid Snoqualmie Valley-Issaquah.  On the morning of October 8th, they will be hosting swaps in North Bend at Totz and at Small Threads in Issaquah.  Both are looking forward to bringing the community together, showing our children a better way to celebrate, and swapping with all of you!

Will be be hosting or attending a costume swap this year? If so, what are you swapping and what costumes do your kids hope to find in exchange?

Looking for new eco-friendly shops?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I love finding new shops on the internet. It’s actually a full-time hobby of mine. So I thought to myself, why not share these with Green Halloween’s wonderful viewers?! These shops are all fabulous and not to mention carry eco-friendly, GREEN merchandise. What more can you ask for in a shop? Even better, some of the stores mentioned below sell Green Halloween® authorized gear!

Like the above banner mentioned, Ecomom® is partnering with Green Halloween® in selling costumes and other Halloween goodies on their website. If you’re still looking for costumes, we highly recommend heading over there and browse their wonderful selections!


According to Oeuf‘s website, the company “has believed in designing products that offer real value to consumers without ever compromising on quality, of the highest order” ad they were around before the green and eco movements became trendy. Their items reflect on their solid philosophy and not to mention, extremely extremely adorable and pleasing on the eyes!

Recycling is Cool

Recycling is Cool carries Green Halloween merchandise and is helping to spread the word of greening up your holidays! While you’re there check out their other store sections as well to find great green products.

Green Halloween® Marketplace


And lastly, we must mention our very own Green Halloween® marketplace! We have tons eek-o-fabulous ideas for costumes, treat & treasures, dECOr and more!

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.

How to dress Green this Halloween!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

We have a lovely guest contributor, DeeAnna Soicher, this week about where to find perfect re-loved costumes from your local Goodwill!

By shopping at the Goodwill this Halloween season you can support a wonderful organization and dress up in an amazing pre-loved costume.

This entire outfit came from a Goodwill store in the Denver area.

Adore the outfit…..Love the price!

  • Long Sleeved Shirt-$4.99
  • Yellow Floral Dress-$6.99
  • Top Apron Dress (NWT)$6.99

I found all of the items in the women’s section.

Atticus Finch contemplates the fate of Tom Robinson…the jury deliberates.

He can wear this suit for any special occasion, and since kids seem to grow out of dress clothes after one wearing, re-donate to Goodwill and pick up another good looking outfit!

Laura Ingalls Wilder

My model loved the outfit so much she kept it to wear to school. She looks amazing!

Pair this outfit with cowboy boots for a casual look or dress shoes for a more formal look.

We wanted to showcase some “costumes” that can be worn again and again and then re-donated for the next lucky kid.

Think green this Halloween and re-love a costume from Goodwill!

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.

Costume giveaway #2 ends this Friday! Enter today.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009


Don’t forget to toss your name into the hat to win a f-r-e-e 100% cotton costume from Harrison’s!

We must have 10 entries to draw a name.

So tell your friends and then cross your fingers (and toes). These costumes are CUTE!

Enter here. (It’s quick and painless – just enter a comment to the blog entry.)