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.
- When it comes to costumes and décor—reuse, borrow, trade, purchase used or do-it-yourself.
- 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.
- Choose healthier treats. Take baby steps with organic candy or fruit-based packaged products (like fruit leathers and naturally colored/flavored fruit snacks).
- Choose fun treasures instead of conventional sweets. Think of the treasures your child collects in her pockets—pretty rocks, coins, etc.
- 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.
- Walk from house to house when you trick-or-treat instead of driving.
- Compost pumpkins and other food, including leftover candy.
- Make your own non-toxic face paint – here’s a recipe:
- Collect candy wrappers and help your kids turn them into gift items like purses, bracelets and picture frames. Find directions on the internet.
- Purchase treats that are free of hydrogenated oil (trans fats) or palm oil.
Have other ideas for greening Halloween? We’d love to hear!