Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Green Your Halloween

There are a number of ways to make your Halloween celebration easier on the environment. From costumes to treats to parties, here are some green tips for Halloween:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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