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If the thought of buying another petroleum-based Buzz Lightyear costume and cleaning up wrappers from dozens of individually-wrapped sugar bombs has you dreading Halloween, you might be a candidate for Green Halloween. Started last year in Seattle by Corey Colwell-Lipson, a mom who loved the parents who gave out bubbles or stickers instead of Baby Ruths, the idea’s going national this holiday. Marin’s EcoMom alliance and Sustainable Fairfax are taking the message to their members, asking them to give out healthier treats and think of sustainable costumes for their little ones.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, they’re holding an event with eco-costume-making including mask-making with recycled materials, vats of native plant dyes, a Halloween and harvest sing-along with Miss Kitty, and much more. So spread the word: those goblins and ghouls created by candy overdoses may be a thing of the past if the idea catches on.

Green Halloween
When: Saturday, Oct. 25, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: 141 Bolinas Ave., Fairfax
Cost: Donation of $5 requested

Bonus: Also going by the name Green Halloween is the California Academy of Sciences Halloween bash on Friday, October 24 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, where kids can get up close with the slightly scary and icky creatures the Academy’s scientists spend their days with. There’s also crafts, activities, and entertainment for the whole family, so get dressed up and come down for this fundraiser. Tickets, which benefit the Academy’s education and research programs, start at $75 per child and climb into VIP territory, check www.calacademy.org/halloween/ for details and packages.