Early August Newsletter - Aug 03, 2008

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August                                                                                                       2008

Creative, Health-Conscious & 3R Costumes

...on a hunt at your neighborhood G-Sale

Now that summer is in full swing, garage sales are popping up in neighborhoods like wild blackberries. Instead of just walking by them on your way to picnic in the park, take a moment to explore the potential Halloween resources they have to offer.

Garage sales can be a great way to find used costumes. However, try to avoid PVC-based costumes and masks that cover the face or may pose other dangers. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a hazardous chemical found in some flexible plastic products. Store-bought Halloween costumes often include plastic parts, so if you find a used costume of this type at a garage sale, you may want to continue your search.

Homemade costumes can be the most fun, especially if the costume-wearer is involved every step of the way. Brainstorm with your child to come up with ideas for all of the parts you need. Keep your list with you and make a scavenger hunt out of your search. Keep an eye out for dress up items, old clothes, fabrics, and accessories that can be assembled to create a one-of-a-kind costume.

While you’re looking for the perfect belt to transform your child into a leprechaun or a wicker basket to make your little girl into Red Riding Hood, you may also come across items that could make fun Halloween decorations. Whether for your Halloween party or for your front porch, décor that you can reuse next year will fit in best with your Green theme. Go out with an open mind, and who knows what treasures you’ll discover. Happy hunting! 

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Meet Our Green Halloween Coordinators

As Halloween nears, we’ll introduce you to some of the volunteer coordinators heading up Green Halloween in communities nationwide.


This month, meet Suzanne DeRosa of Canton, Connecticut. Suzanne is the Co-Founder of The Little Green Tambourine, a children's arts studio offering various classes that foster creativity and healthy living, from Healthy Cooking and Organic Gardening to Vocal Training and Musical Adventures. Courses  promote environmental awareness as well as physical and mental well-being.

Suzanne has worked extensively with children, as an educator and certified yoga instructor, and with parents as a Birth and Post Partum Doula. Bringing Green Halloween to the Canton community is a natural fit for this mother of three. She lives her commitment to caring for the environment and promotes a healthy lifestyle at work and home.

When asked about her role, Suzanne said, "I'm really excited to be the Green Halloween Coordinator, I believe in what Corey is hoping will happen, that the focus will become less about the candy and more about the fun! We are planning a Green Halloween party that will be unforgettable!"

Want to know more about Suzanne's efforts? Canton's Green Halloween webpage can be found here.

 If you are interested in being a Coordinator for your community, email Corey at corey@greenhalloween.org. 

Treeswing in action Kids doing green Trick-or-treat!
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Get ready for Jump Up!, an exciting initiative to generate awareness and enthusiasm about the importance of physical activity for children. Created in partnership with Children's Hospital, Jump Up! aims to distribute jump ropes to every kindergartner in Seattle, giving them the opportunity to jump for fun and fitness.

Join in the fun on August 23rd as Treeswing kicks-off the Jump Up! campaign at Green Lake Park. This is a great event for families to enjoy an active day together. Events include a 5K Family Fun Run/Walk, fitness stations, and a press conference with Mayor Greg Nickels. Visit Treeswing’s online calendar for details.

Treeswing fact of the day: "Students with sedentary lifestyles have lower test scores and higher absenteeism than students who are physically active."  Treeswing.org

For more facts, resources and ideas on raising generations of healthy children, sign up for the Treeswing newsletter.


Take a peek at our new Kids Doing Green page with stories on young people doing amazing things to help others and our environment. Read inspiring stories about children turning compassion into action such as nine-year old Tyler Simpson’s efforts to make eating out greener by convincing local Seattle restaurants to switch to compostable take-out containers.

Tell us about a kid you know who is doing something green. We just might feature them on our site!

Green Halloween's Platinum Pumpkin Sponsors:

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Want to be a Green Halloween sponsor too? Click here for deatils.

... for cell phones? 

The Women’s Funding Alliance and Good Deed Foundation are thinking way outside the candy box and encouraging trick-or-treaters (especially teens and tweens) to consider collecting unused cell phones this Halloween. 


Their goal is to recycle one million cell phones by the end of the year, thereby raising over a million dollars to be distributed via grants to organizations working to alleviate women’s poverty and find lasting solutions to climate change.

Request a free Halloween collection kit by visiting GoodDeedFoundation.org. The kit includes eCards and door hangers to remind your neighbors to have their unused cell phones ready for collection this Halloween. After trick-or-treating, drop your collected phones into the postage paid box included in the kit, FedEx it, and the Women’s Funding Alliance and Good Deed Foundation will take care of the rest. 



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