Events - Oct 07, 2008

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October                                                                                                                                               2008
~ Special EVENTS Edition ~
Come join us!
Upcoming Green Halloween events include:
Fall Harvest Dinner, Wine Tasting & Book signing
When: Wednesday, October 15
Where: Salud! at Whole Foods Market, Bellevue
(888 116th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004)
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $60* (Includes one free copy of Celebrate Green! per participant)
Registration: Space is limited. Pre-register online or by calling 425.462.1400 ext. 0

Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell, authors of
Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holiday, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, will be joining us for food, fun and insights into eco-fabulous entertaining.  As they get us going green, Chef Joy (whose recipes are featured in the book) will cook up the flavor of fall.  Expect to learn make-ahead tricks, creative presentations, and innovative ideas on starting your own green traditions.  Tonight we will feed your body and soul, with wines to match.  On the menu:

  • Tasty hors d’ oeuvres
  • Winter Squash Soup with Cinnamon and Jalapeño
  • Tarragon Chicken Braised in Hard Cider
  • Indian Pudding with Rum Raisin Sauce  
*100% of the proceeds are donated directly to Treeswing.
Treeswing works to create balanced, healthy environments for children and
prevent childhood obesity. 

ecohaus presents a Green Halloween  Open Haus
When: Saturday, October 18
Where: ecohaus, Seattle
(4121 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134)
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Bring the family down to ecohaus in Seattle for an afternoon of fun activities and get some tips on how to make your Halloween eco-friendly and healthy!

There will be a range of hands-on activities for kids, face-painting, and great ideas for a healthy Halloween! "Green" Halloween costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded by Green Halloween to the most eco-friendly costumes! Get ideas at our website.

… Don’t miss the special appearance of Insulation Man!

Green Halloween Day at Whole Foods Market
When: Sunday, October 19th
Where: Whole Foods Market, Bellevue
(888 116th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004)
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost: FREE 
Corey Colwell-Lipson founder of Green Halloween is hosting a workshop on how to make Halloween safe, healthy, and green.  She will also be giving a shopping tour of the store offering pointers on how to shop for Halloween tricks and treats!  Children are welcome!  Everyone receives a trick-or-treat bag!
Limit is 15 participants, so arrive early to save your spot. 


Space is limited. Contact the store for details: 425.462.1400 ext. 0



Click here to find out about more Seattle-area Green Halloween events from now through Halloween.
For events in additional cities, click here and then click on the city name to the right of the map.
Are you planning or do you know about a healthy and/or eco-focused Halloween or fall event in your area? Let us know about it and we'll add it to our calendar.
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Green Halloween
Tip #1

Swap your decor.


Halloween is the second biggest holiday (after Christmas) for consumer spending on decor.

That's right.

Americans spend billions (1.58 to be exact) on orange lights, inflatable lawn witches, and plastic cauldrons.

If you're getting a little tired of using the same 'ol decor year after year, instead of buying new, how about hosting a Halloween decor swap?

You can swap your costumes, so why not do the same for your decor?

Of course if you do plan a decor swap let us know about it.

We'd love to post your experience, tips, and photos on our site or in a future newsletter.


For more great tips and tricks, come by and visit us at our new blog.

Recent posts have included ideas on where to find Halloween treasures, how to make a Halloween wreath, and how to help others while trick-or-treating.

Our website is also updated daily with new ideas on topics from Halloween energy conservation to crafts your kids and the planet will love.
 Green Halloween
Tip #2
Encourage your pumpkins to multi-task.
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Pumpkins are the quintessential eco-decor item; in addition to making fabulous jack-o-lanterns, they can be used to make a variety of Halloween decor items such as candle holders, vases, soup terrines and more.
They are  easy to grow, come in a variety of shapes and colors, and are edible and compostable.
Clearly, pumpkins are talented multi-taskers - so put them to great use by:
  • Painting instead of carving pumpkins. You can enjoy their aesthetics now and their flavor later.
  • Roasting and eating their seeds, whether you carve or paint them.
  • "Recycle" them after Halloween by composting, including them in your yard-waste bin (where allowed), or feeding them to your chickens as one of our readers does.
You may want to experiment with which pumpkins can be carved and eaten and in what recipes they work best. Sugar pumpkins, for example, are wonderful in pies but don't carve well. Therefore if you've got a pie on the brain, choose a sugar pumpkin and paint it!


Speaking of carving... our Crayons Beverages sponsored Pumpkin Carving Contest is now underway!

Get more info on all of our current contests by clicking here.

Green Halloween
Tip #3
Get creative with your candy.
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We'd like to set the record straight on a little rumor that's been going around: We (the Green Halloween team) don't hate candy.

It's the choices of some conventional candy companies that we don't like.

In fact, we're head over heels for several candy companies doing it right - by the ingredients used, the way the people making the candy are treated, and of course, by the way Earth is treated throughout the candy-making process.

If you want to include candy in your Halloween festivities, here are a few pointers:

  • Invite the Sugar Sprite/Halloween Fairy/Great Pumpkin to your home after trick-or-treating. Your kids can choose a small amount of candy (such as one piece for every year of their age) to keep and the rest goes back in their pumpkin and out on the porch where a "magical" swap will take place. One or two gifts are left in the candy's place.
  • Go organic. Organic candy is better for the planet, the people who made it and for your children. In some cases it doesn't cost more than conventional candy, and even when it does, we believe it's worth it. One great way to save money? Hand out just one piece, instead of handfuls.
  • Compost leftovers in your yard waste bin (where allowed) or place a few pieces a day into the soil of your houseplants.

Save 5% on some of our favorite brands of organic candy by shopping at and using the coupon code: SAVE5.

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