PALO ALTO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, DC, October 2007 - Pumpkins may still be orange, but Halloween is turning green, according to HP and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), who announced the "Going Wild with Pumpkins" online photo contest. The contest, aimed at raising awareness of wildlife and environmental issues, offers fun pumpkin-carving activities for families to enjoy together.
Winners will be announced on Halloween, October 31 and prizes will be awarded to submitters of the top-100 rated photos, including the Grand Prize of an HP Photosmart photo printer and digital camera. Winning photos will be featured on the Snapfish and WWF web sites.
As part of the contest, participants selected one or more of the specially-designed, wildlife-themed, pumpkin carving stencils now available at www.worldwildlife.org/pumpkins. The stencils feature endangered species and wildlife scenes, including an African landscape, Monarch butterfly, dolphin, polar bear, sea turtle and the WWF panda. Participants are encouraged to go to the Web site to print the stencils and learn more about these endangered species.
To enter the contest, participants took photos of their carved pumpkins and uploaded them to www.snapfish.com/goingwildwithpumpkins by October 29. The general public was invited to log on to Snapfish.com to vote for their favorite photos.
"Parents are aware of issues affecting the environment and want to make a difference in the world around them," said Terry Macko, vice president of membership and marketing, WWF. "This contest offers them a chance to teach their kids about nature in a fun and engaging way."
"Working with a worldwide leader in conservation is instrumental in HP's global citizenship efforts," said Susanne Sonderhoff, marketing manager, Social and Environmental Responsibility, HP. "This is just another example of HP's work with WWF to increase environmental awareness."
In addition to the contest, HP and WWF encourage everyone to have a fun and "green" Halloween this year. Following are WWF's "green" tips for Halloween:
1. Decorations. Instead of buying materials for decorations, gather supplies, arts and crafts throughout the year. Turn stockings with runs into spider-webbing, make cardboard boxes into tombstones and reuse decorations from the previous year.
2. Costumes. Make your own! Keep old clothes that can be used as parts of costumes--like worn t-shirts and black pants - and make a game of turning old clothes into costumes. Let your kids' imaginations run wild!
3. Parties. Cut down on waste by avoiding disposable cups, plates and cutlery. Use regular dishes or buy biodegradable ones. Use a marker or apply cute labels to identify cups so party-goers can keep track of theirs.
4. Treats. Buy locally produced foods, candies and treats. Look for goodies with minimal packaging or those packaged in recycled materials.
5. Trick-or-Treat Bags. Use household items to collect candy in. A bucket, pillowcase, or bag can be decorated inexpensively at home - and reused year after year.
6. Pumpkins. Buy pumpkins from local farms or farmers' markets. Better yet, grow your own -- kids love to watch them grow!
7. Jack-o-lanterns. Don't throw away all the goodies from inside your pumpkin. Toast the seeds for tasty treats. Make pumpkin pie or muffins with the fruit - or compost it.