A Halloween Music Mix!

Melissa and I have been pretty excited about Halloween (if you haven’t noticed).
While I’ve been carving pumpkins and eating various fun-sized candies, I’ve been listening to a mix of spooky-themed songs I conjured up. And because I’m in a magnanimous Halloweenie mood, I’m sharing it with you through the awesome music sharing site 8tracks. At 8tracks you can upload your own music, make mixes and share them with friends or the site’s community. (Things have come a long way since my Memorex tapes.)

Here’s the track listing:

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RED Hearts: Do Something to Help the World

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today.
Today’s RED Hearts post is from Zulay Regalado, 21, in Miami, Florida, who is inspired by an organization that invites you to… well… do something (that’s their handbook for young activists, pictured):

Want to start a movement in your community but you don’t know where to begin? Inspired to do something — only you’re not sure exactly what?

Dosomething.org is a non-profit organization that gives teens free reign to stand up for the causes you love. You can find ways to support any issue you care about, from poverty to racial discrimination and health to animal testing, or even start your own club with friends to help raise awareness. You can launch a petition, become an activist for your community, or even stand beside Paramore’s Hayley Williams in her fight against sex trafficking.

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All Hail: Manic Panic Hair Dye

Bow down to Manic Panic. In 1977, sisters Tish and Snooky, who were singers in the original Blondie lineup, opened up a punk-style boutique on St. Mark’s Place in New York City. The most lasting product to come out of this venture is the still-legendary Manic Panic hair dye, used by icons of wacky style like Cyndi Lauper and Marilyn Manson.
We’re happy this punk-age hit is alive and well — it does not disappoint. You get bright, crazy results with one application of shades like “Electric Lizard” green or “Atomic Turquoise.” “Cotton Candy Pink” ($10, pictured) even glows under a black light. The color will fade gradually with each shampoo, but we bet you’ll be sad to see it go.

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Threadless Select

We’re already devoted fans of Threadless — the t-shirt site whose wide selection of graphic tees is designed by the online community.
Now, Threadless has launched Select a premium line of clothing made from finer, softer cotton, and printed with water-based inks. (Softer t-shirts? We’re not going to complain about that!) The designs in Select are still chosen from the community submissions, but curated by the Threadless staff.

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The FEED Trick-or-Treat Bag Gives Back

I know there’s a point when people say, “Aren’t you a little old to be trick or treating?” but I really hate that. If you’re as much of a candy collector as I am, you’ll want to hit the streets with confidence this coming weekend.

It’ll help if you’re armed with this FEED Trick-or-Treat bag ($13) — it makes you look cool (reflective webbing,ahem) while you nab your sweets, but that isn’t why we love it. With every purchase of one of these FEED bags through HSN.com, a donation of $3.50 goes to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF! That’s enough to provide one year’s worth of micronutrient powder to a child in the developing world, which helps ensure he or she receives vitamins and minerals needed to survive and be healthy.

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Read It: The Good, The Bad, And The Barbie

She’s been a politician, a cheerleader, an aerobic instructor, an astronaut, a veterinarian, a dentist and a rock star. Who is this accomplished lady? Well, she’s Barbie!
Most girls (and some boys) have owned a Barbie at some point. My favorite Barbie was aerobic Barbie, because I was a tomboy and thereby into “fitness.” But other than that, Barbie is a complete mystery to me; I know nothing about her!

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Cool Girl: Emily-Anne Rigel, 16, of WeStopHate

WeStopHate is a video community on YouTube that spreads the message of positivity and “teen-esteem.” Founded by Emily-Anne Rigel, 16, WeStopHate features videos made by teens about why — despite their flaws, zits and imperfections — they’re still different, special and awesome.
I Heart Daily: What inspired you to start WeStopHate?
Emily-Anne Rigel: Standing out and being different instead of trying to be “normal” and fit in has always been important to me. Having noticed that there were many young people without that same sense of self-worth, I developed a passion for helping them see how great it feels to be true to themselves.

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Recycling Umbrellas In Style

I hate to see discarded, broken umbrella wires with torn-up nylon clinging to them. I want to save every single tossed umbrella I see! So I was extra excited to learn about Recycling Zychal, a design company that specializes in rescuing and repurposing broken umbrellas! Each umbrella that’s saved gets turned into something amazing — like a doggie raincoat ($20), organic catnip-filled toys ($3) or The Hood” ($26, pictured). Because they are each made from an umbrella, every item is one-of-a-kind (and rainproof, natch).

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