10 Ways To Green Your Halloween

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Before you roll your eyes and say “Puh-leeease. Must we really make Halloween healthier too?!” – read these tips.  I’m not suggesting that you forfeit your mini Snickers, offer trick-or-treaters celery sticks, or make your own costume from renewable bamboo.  Rather, I want to give you a few ideas – courtesy of Green Halloween – to make this traditionally junk-filled (not just junk food, but also junk-based costumes, accessories, plastic bags, wrappers, etc that are part of Halloween) a little less toxic.  Even if you implement one or two of these tips, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint and better protect the little ghosts and goblins in your life.

  1. When it comes to costumes and décor—reuse, borrow, trade, purchase used or do-it-yourself.
  2. Treat bags can be anything! For extra fun, match the bag to the costume using something you already own. Here are some ideas: purses, flower pots (cover the hole), cloth sacks, backpacks, lunch boxes.
  3. Choose healthier treats. Take baby steps with organic candy or fruit-based packaged products (like fruit leathers and naturally colored/flavored fruit snacks). green halloween
  4. Choose fun treasures instead of conventional sweets. Think of the treasures your child collects in her pockets—pretty rocks, coins, etc.
  5. If you’re giving a party, choose reusable tablecloths, napkins, plates, and cups.  Check out Preserve picnic products – they’re made from used yogurt cups and can be reused.
  6. Walk from house to house when you trick-or-treat instead of driving.
  7. Compost pumpkins and other food, including leftover candy.
  8. Make your own non-toxic face paint – here’s a recipe:  green halloween
  9. Collect candy wrappers and help your kids turn them into gift items like purses, bracelets and picture frames. Find directions on the internet.
  10. Purchase treats that are free of hydrogenated oil (trans fats) or palm oil.  green halloween

Have other ideas for greening Halloween?  We’d love to hear!

Happy greening!!

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  • Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco
    October 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I am so glad I found this blog! I love it! Your pictures are stunning, and who wouldn’t want a Halloween survival guide? Happy weekend!

  • Amelia
    October 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks Katie! Its so nice to hear you like the blog!

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