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Top 10 Ways To Green Your Halloween

BAY SHORE, NY. October 16, 2008 -The Green Living Newsletter (, today, offers it's top 10 list for making this Halloween one that is both eco-friendly and fun. "While traditionally we think of orange and black during the Halloween season, this year we hope people will think green," said Lynda Calimano, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Green Living Newsletter.

Scarier than a goblin or a toddler with a sugar high is the amount of waste that is produced during the holiday season. According to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, more consumers plan to celebrate the holiday this year (64.5% vs. 58.7%). Celebrating Halloween does not have to break the bank or be celebrated at the expense of our beloved planet. Those looking to have some eco-friendly fun this Halloween will take delight in the Top 10 list published by the Green Living Newsletter.

Top 10 Ways to Green Your Halloween

• Schedule a costume swap night-bring costumes and accessories your kids have outgrown and trade with other parents.
• Replace traditional paper party invitations with online invites.
• Make your own costumes by reusing items found around the home, at local thrift stores, or at yard sales.
• Walk the streets of your neighborhood, don't drive! The exercise is heart-healthy and eco-friendly.
• Avoid the plastic trick or treat bags-try decorating an old pillowcase, a tote bag, or a canvas shopping bag.
• Treat the kids to organic and fair-trade goodies.
• Shop for locally grown holiday treats and decorations-apples, pumpkin, gourds.
• Find alternatives to candy treats-try soy crayons or packets of seeds that can be planted in the spring.
• Fill your flashlight with rechargeable batteries instead of conventional batteries.
• Host a pumpkin pie bakeoff in your town-a great way to use the post-halloween pumpkins.

The Green Living Newsletter ( is sent electronically, via email, each month to consumers and business owners who are interested in learning about new product innovations and small changes that can make a difference to our planet. It profiles companies who support an eco-friendly standard of living-companies who provide products and services that point people in the direction of a lifestyle that is both economically viable and ecologically sound. In addition to company profiles and product reviews, its offers readers recipes, book reviews, interviews, special offers, and more.

Each month, the Green Living Newsletter provides information on how to live a greener life, showcases stories of inspiration, and applauds innovation. A subscription to the monthly Green Living Newsletter is free. Eco-minded individuals can sign up for the newsletter at

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