Oct
7
2011

A Green Halloween

When you think of Halloween, eco-friendly is probably not the first thing that pops into your head. As holidays go, Halloween might seem that it’s a hard one to ‘green’, but with these few, easy tips it’s easier than you might think.

Use a cloth bag or recycled plastic bag to hold candy when your kids are trick or treating. Alternatively, use the same hard plastic bucket year after year. You’ll save money, and you’ll be cutting down on the amount of waste that goes into landfills.

Go trick or treating in your own neighborhood, if possible.
Walking around your own neighborhood will use no fuel, and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint. Your kids won’t mind – they might even find it fun to walk.

Do a costume swap. How many Halloween costumes do you have in your closet? Use the same Halloween costume accessories year after year, in different costumes.

Have a green costume party. You can send out e-vites, saving paper and creating less waste. Make the Halloween party focus on fun, rather than stuff. Kids love crafts, so you could make a scarecrow together out of old clothes, or you can make Halloween hats or masks out of recycled paper. Make sure to recycle any paper or other waste you have left over from the party. Even paper that is food soiled can sometimes be put in with yard clippings to be picked up. Check with your local government to see if this is the case.

Flesh out your Halloween decorations with natural things such as pumpkins and gourds, cutting down on your use of paper. You can make ghosts out of old sheets, or use beeswax candles in your jack-o-lanterns.

What are you doing this Halloween? Do you have any green ideas for the holiday? Let me know on twitter, Facebook, or leave me a comment here on the blog.

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