Happy Hallogreen Newsletter - Oct 31, 2008

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October 'o8
~ Happy Hallogreen! ~
    Coast to coast, every little ghost
is doing her most
to keep our planet

- Zoe, age 7

It's hard to believe that just over a year ago, the idea of celebrating a healthy and eco-wise Halloween wasn't even a twinkle in the eye of  the American consciousness. For many years health conscious and sustainably minded individuals took it upon themselves to compost their pumpkins or to hand out stickers instead of Snickers. But for the most part, Halloween continued to evolve in the opposite direction.  

So when Green Halloween® launched last year, we hoped that people would realize that being healthy and Earth-considerate didn't have to go out the window during holidays. It was, in fact, possible to have fun celebrating, while celebrating green.

But would people be interested?

Of course we had no idead how Americans would respond to our vision, but we hoped people would find it interesting enough to give it a try.

And try they did.

Here we are on our second year and already we've expanded from one city to six, from two-thousand to more than 14,000 weekly visitors on our website, and from local to national news. We've seen more companies sourcing Halloween products that are people- and earth-friendly and more stores interested in stocking them. We've heard about schools giving Halloween parties at retirement homes and neighborhoods hosting costume swaps. We've heard from you that this is an initiative whose time has come.

In one year, by working together, we've already made significant changes.

Imagine what 2009 will bring.

Thank you, from the bottom of our green hearts, for your support, participation  and enthusiasm. Without you, this dream wouldn't have stood a chance. We hope that you will continue to share your feedback with us so that we can know how we're doing and continue to support and inspire change.

This year, after your kids are strutting around in their eco-themed costumes, or you're leared how to make bracelets out of candy wrappers, or you've taken stock of how your trick-or-treaters like the green goodies you've offered, let us know how it went.  Send us your stories, photos and videos.

Have a spooktacular and safe Halloween from Treeswing and the Green Halloween® team.

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Halloween soup
The perfect pre-or post-trick-or-treat meal

Giving your child a full, healthy meal before trick-or-treating can make the experience more enjoyable and fend off (or take the steam out of) post-collection binging.

This recipe is not only healthy and filling, it's colorful and festive, perfect for a quiet holiday or a huge Halloween bash.

If eating before the collecting begins isn't your cup of tea, consider simmering a pot of the soup while you're out and coming home to enjoy a warm bowl.

Soup ingredients:

1/2 large onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, chopped

med. potato peeled and sliced

1 lb carrots, chopped

2 1/2 cup water

2 sm bouillon cubes (chicken or veggie flavor)

1/2 tsp celery salt

a few shakes of “Spike ” seasoning

1 tsp Turmeric

1/2 tsp kosher salt/ ground black pepper

Creamy Yogurt Garnish

1/2 cup plain yogurt

2 tbsp heavy cream

Heat a skillet with a a little oil. Sauté onion with a little salt as this helps release the water and lets it caramelize quicker. When it is just beginning to get soft add garlic and potato sauté well, until it starts to brown.  Transfer veggies to a pot.  Add water (2 cups) to pan and deglaze (get the bits off). Dump the water in the pot. Throw in the celery salt and bouillon cubes, Spike seasoning and some black pepper, set over low heat on another burner.  Add a bit more oil to the pan and toss in the Turmeric. Let the spice bubble in the oil, it sounds really cool.

Add the carrots and sauté over med heat till slightly golden and glazed looking.  Add carrots to the pot.  Add 1/4 cup water to pan to deglaze again.  Cook the soup about 20 minutes more.  When the carrots and potato are really soft (falls off a paring knife when stabbed) take pot off burner and let soup cool 5-10 minutes. Puree soup with a blender or a hand held immersion blender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Whisk the yogurt and cream in a bowl. Put a few tablespoons in a baggie and squeeze to the corner. Snip a very tiny bit off the corner and use bag to make design of your choice on the bowl of soup. Alternately you could just put a blob of cream on the soup.

* Contributed by Wenonah Michallet-Ferrier. You can find more of her recipes in our new book, Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family.

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What are Corey's kids dressing up as this year?

We get this question a lot these days and didn't have an answer until now. But here it is:

Zoe (age 7.75), a witch.

Finley (age 4), a broom.

You might be thinking that big sister convinced little sister to be her lowly and subordinate broom but the fact is that Zoe actually wanted Finley to be her cat.

No, Finn said, I want to be a broom.

Now, wait a minute, girls... Finley can be whatever she wants to be and it doesn't have to "match" what you are, Zoe. Finn, what would you like to be for Halloween?

A broom.

What kind of broom?

One that sweeps and has lot's of thistles.

You mean bristles?


Then, broom it is!

Here is our plan for how to transform Finley into a broom (made from things we already own):

  • Brown turtle neck
  • Brown tights
  • Brown skirt (happens to be organic cotton)
  • Hula skirt made of raffia, cut at the elastic waist and sewn to the bottom of the skirt.
  • Hair in braids, tied with rafia
  • Cheeks streaked with brown bronzer (mineral makeup).
  • Accessories: Halloween ChicoBag and lantern made with re-purposed glass jar, wire coat-hanger, and a beeswax candle.

Here is the plan for Zoe's witch costume:

  • Black witch dress and hat (from dress-up box)
  • Black tights
  • Black boots
  • Black and purple striped BabyLegs on legs and black with white spider BabyLegs on arms.
  • Purple mineral makeup mixed with lip balm for lips and cheeks.
  • Hair ratted
  • Accessories: orange plastic pumpkin that belonged to Corey's husband when he was a child. Carrying a lantern made with re-purpsed glass jar, wire coat-hanger, and a beeswax candle. (This battery-free, rechargeable kid-powered black cat flashlight might have also been a great choice).


 Important candy recalls




There is a new warning put out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that Sherwood brand Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins are being recalled due to the fact that they’ve tested positive for melamine.

These coins may be sold at Costco, as well as many bulk and dollar stores, specifically in Canada.

MomsRising.org has a page outlining additional candy products found to be unsafe by the US Food and Drug Administration and gives more information on melamine and candy produced in China.

Please let your friends and loved ones know.

For a list of our suggestions for treasures and healthy treats, click here.



A standing ovation for our Green Halloween® Volunteer Coordinators

As you know, the second year of our initiative brought the greening of Halloween nationwide. We couldn't have done so without our team of pioneering coordinators whose enthusiasm and can-do attitudes not only brought our message to cities from California to Connecticut, but helped establish the groundwork for continued expansion in the years to come.

The mission of the coordinators was not only to inform their communities about Green Halloween
® but also to raise money and awareness for their local beneficiaries.

How did they make it happen?

We (at Green Halloween
® headquarters) provided the coordinators with the "bones"—the tools they needed to get Green Halloween® off the ground—and then left the rest up to them. We hoped that each coordinator would create a Green Halloween® that reflected their own community's flavor and personality. And they did.

Take a peek at their blog pages to find out more.

Of course, thousands of people all over the country will be celebrating green this Halloween, even if their city doesn't have a coordinator. From reusing costumes to handing out healthier and more Earth-friendly goodies to composting candy, it's clear that green is the new orange and black.

Please join us in recognizing our 2008 Green Halloween
® Volunteer Coordinators, as well as the non-profit beneficiaries in their regions. (More information, including contact info, can be found on the individual city's pages.)
Rachel DeMicco & EcoMom Alliance. (EcoMom alliance is both the host and beneficiary)
Courtney Carlisle &
Rhonda Bannard & Inspired Birthdays
Ciana Maglio

If you would like to find out about becoming a 2009 Green Halloween® coodinator, contact Corey at Corey@GreenHalloween.org


  Cauldrons of gratitude
to our
2008 Sponsors


Platinum Pumpkin Level:

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Gold Pumpkin Level:


Silver Pumpkin Level:

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Bronze Pumpkin Level:

The Richards Family

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Media Partners:
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Holli Dunn Photography
Clif Kid
Seattle Climate Action Now
Kimpton Hotels
Kids Quest Museum
Preserve by Recycline
Choice Organic Tea
Sarah’s Silks
Glee Gum
Baby Loves Disco
CCS Printing
Illumination Arts
Mr. Ellie Pooh
Endangered Species Chocolate

A Toy Garden
Woodland Park Zoo
Pure Fun Organic Candy
Holiday LEDs
Sjaak's Organic Chocolates
Seattle Children's Theater
The Ginger People
Surf Sweets

We would also like to thank the local sponsors in our additional cities.

Want to be a 2009 Green Halloween® sponsor? It's not too early to sign on. E-mail us for details.


Who says Halloween can't be healthy?

And who says Healthy can't be fun?

Green Halloween® is a non-profit, grassroots community initiative to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays, starting with Halloween. 

How do we define "green"? How did this initiative get started anyhow? How do I get my kids on board?

We've got answers! Find them here. Can't find what you need? E-mail us. We're happy to help.


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For tips and information on raising generations of healthy children, go to

Low impact, low cost goodies your trick-or-treaters will love

 Trick-or-treat for good Pumpkin recycling 101
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Going green on Halloween can mean lots of things to different people. For some, it's finding ways to reuse and re-purpose costumes and decor. For others it's finding a way to incorporate "giving" into the holiday. And for others it means choosing local and organic food for their party.

But the number one question we hear from people interested in greening Halloween is:

What do I hand out to trick-or-treaters?

The second to the top question then follows:

... and where do I buy it?

While our list of treats and treasures certainly includes lots of great items that can be purchased online or in stores, some of our suggestions don't cost a dime, or, at the very least cost a fraction of a dime (i.e. pennies).

Here are some of our favorite goodies that won't cost the Earth, your children's health or your bank account:

  • Handmade friendship bracelets
  • Jokes printed on small slips of recycled paper, rolled and tied with Halloween colored string.
  • Fortunes printed on slips of recycled paper rolled and placed in walnut shells, tied with string.
  • Magic trick directions written on pieces of recycled paper and folded into origami pumpkins or other shapes
  • Pesos or other foreign coins
  • Feathers
  • Previously collected/saved glass beads

 (of course you may have some ideas too - we'd love to hear 'em!)

This Halloween, children, tweens and teens will dress up in costumes and go door-to-door.

For some, their mission won’t be to collect candy—they’ll be trick-or-treating for good.

Check out these great initiatives:

Raise awareness of Fair Trade Certified chocolate.

Trick-or-treating for cell phones
Collect old cell phones for recycling to generate funds for charitable causes. 

Trick-or-treat for Unicef Bring back the tradition that began long before kids received piles of candy at each door.

Do you know of other trick-or-treat for good initiatives that we should know about? Did your family take part in something like this this year?

Let us know. We’d love to hear your stories.


Last week we had almost 14,500 new visitors to our website, GreenHalloween.org.

 Our "community initiative" wouldn't be much without you, our community.

Thank you for your interest and ongoing support!


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Did you know that methane, a greenhouse gas, is about 21 times more powerful at warming the atmosphere than carbon dioxide?

"What does methane have to do with pumpkins?" you may ask. Well,
25% of the methane gas released from landfills comes from food that has been tossed in the garbage rather than consumed or composted.

Your jack-o-lantern deserves better than a fate such as this, so give it new life by recycling it.

If you are new to recycling your food, not to worry. These three easy steps will start you on your way.

Who knows? By Halloween 2009, you might be composting all of your food scraps. Now that would be a treat for Mother Earth.

How to compost your Halloween pumpkin:

1. Cut pumpkin into chunks or smash and place pieces on ground or in a sealable but ventilated container.

2. Cover pieces with leaves or shredded paper.

3. Over time your pumpkin will become compost for use in your garden.

Click here for more detailed instructions.

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