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Pack up the kids and head downtown to the World Financial Center on Saturday, October 30, for Screamin' Green Halloween, a family-friendly event that focuses on a "green" alternative to Halloween festivities. Expect plenty of organic and fair-trade treats, an apple-bobbing contest, a ghosts and goblins parade, spooky poetry readings, and music by the Hungry March Band.
Children of all ages will be delighted by the 30-foot tall dancing scarecrow, witch, and skeletons that tower over visitors to the spacious and beautiful glass atrium that is the showcase of the World Financial Center located on 220 Vesey Street.
Participate in an apple-bobbing contest, bowl for ghosts, and toss a spider in the brew while listening to music and other holiday entertainment. Artists will be on hand to help children create Halloween masks, and an environmentally friendly costume swap will be open so kids of all ages can bring last year's duds and exchange them for something new in time for trick-or-treating on Sunday. At various points throughout the afternoon, children will be encouraged to parade around the atrium and surrounding grounds, led by the Hungry March Band.
Refreshments and light snacks will also be provided, all free of charge. "Green Halloween" is a national initiative to make Halloween healthier for families, communities, and the planet, sponsored in part by the nonprofit group, EcoMom Alliance.