Go green, save an egg
You can try this at home!
We’ve heard all kinds of reasons why folks may choose to hand out conventional candy rather than healthy, or Earth-friendly alternatives – It costs too much, I don’t know where to find it, I’m too busy to think about it, etc.– but a handful of people have expressed that if they alter the contemporary American tradition of giving away gobs of conventional confections that their homes will be pummeled with eggs.
Now we don’t want our homes splattered with eggs any more than you do, but we’ve discovered that while other concerns may be a reality, this threat is unlikely to happen – at least not due to going green. Why?
Kids love our suggestions!
Want to see for yourself?
Take our challenge: This year buy 50% conventional candy. Buy, find or make 50% of one or more of a healthy/green treats or treasures that we suggest, or that you come up with. Then, when trick-or-treaters come-a-knocking, let them choose.
Our prediction is you’ll be amazed at how your healthy/green treats and treasures are gone in a flash – leaving the conventional candy in the dust, and the eggs in their cartons.
Let us know how it goes for you.
Have you heard the news?
Going green on Halloween is "huge"
You might have noticed that our blog has been a little quiet lately and believe me, this is notbecause we have little to say... it's just that we've been inundated (in a wonderful way, of course) with media inquires for television, radio, print and the web!
Everyone from the Seattle Times to Access Hollywood to Mothering.com and even a radio station in Nova Scotia are talking about the movement YOU helped to create.
... and we can't wait for you to hear/see the stories.
Be sure to check back, as we're updating this page daily.
Going green with homemade face paints
Store bought face paints may be labeled with the words "non-toxic" but buyer beware: this term is virtually meaningless.
Avoid the risk of exposing your child to lead, mercury, pthalates, parabens and other potentially toxic substances by mixing up your own face paints with our easy recipe-craft that's to DIY for from our new book, Celebrate Green! Creating Eco- Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family.
Do-it-yourself Halloween Face Paints
1 tsp cornstarch
½ tsp water
½ tsp all natural diaper rash cream, such as the California Baby brand (we know, we know, it sounds weird, but it works)
1-2 drops natural/ organic food coloring
In a small bowl, mix water and cornstarch. Add baby cream and food color and mix a bit more until your paints are the right color and consistency.
Be sure to send us your eek-o-fabulous face paint photos!
Phantoms and vampires and carbon emissions, oh my!
Did you know your home may have phantoms and vampires?
If you’re like most Americans, you may have as many as twenty!
Yes, “phantom loads,” or “energy vampires” as some people call them, happen when appliances and electronics drain energy even when they’re turned off or not in use. These nuisances not only suck unnecessary energy and lead to carbon emissions, they cost the average household about $200 a year. Now that’s scary.
How can you rid your home of these unwanted guests? When not in use, unplug items such as single use appliances (like toasters and coffee makers) as well as all of your gizmo chargers (like cell phone chargers). Unplug appliances such as televisions when you’re away on vacation. You can also use what are called “smart” power strips designed to stave off unwanted energy suckers.
For more ways you and your family can help to conserve energy, check out our new energy conservation page or visit our partners at Puget Sound Energy.
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.
Are you or your child future Green Halloween® stars?
You will be if you win one of our upcoming contests!
For more information on fame and prizes click the above links.
For more contests, click here.
If you haven't been to our site lately, we invite you to come back to see all the updates we've made to keep you current on the latest tips and tricks for greening your Halloween.
... of course, we're updating the site all the time - so be sure to check back frequently.
Many of the suggestions we provide for treats, gifts, food and activities are also great (as-is or modified) for other holidays and everyday celebrations such as birthdays!
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