- Think local. Whether you are hosting a party, taking food to a party, or handing out treats at home, try to find locally produced items because this saves pollution from transporting the items, and it also supports your local economy.
- Find treats with as little packaging as possible. Think of non-candy treats you could give out such as pencils or something practical that kids can use without wasteful packaging. I don't recommend making your own treats because many parents won't let their kids accept candy that isn't seal-wrapped.
- Make a costume out of items you already own. I do it all the time with my three year old son, all year round. He thinks it's funny when I dress up like different characters. I don't own a very large wardrobe, but it's surprising how easy it is to make a costume if you use a little creativity. If you buy a costume, don't throw it away. Consider taking it to a consignment store or to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
- Think about growing your own pumpkin. We did that this summer and it was fun for my son to watch it grow and he will get a kick out of picking it and carving it. It's a great way to teach a kid about plants. When we carve the pumpkin, we will take the seeds and bake them and have them as snacks. After Halloween we will compost the pumpkin.
Have a fun, safe, and eco-friendly Halloween!
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