You don’t need to make Halloween any more terrifying than it already is. Keep the spook light and fun by continuing with your Halloween celebration, only with the environment in mind.
6 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Halloween Celebration
1. Skip the Store-Bought Halloween Costumes
Sure, they’re convenient and equipped with all the bells and whistles to make costumers as fun and realistic as possible. However, most store-bought costumes are made with non-recyclable petrochemical-based plastic and synthetic fibers. Plus, they are often a one-time wear. Avoid waste and carcinogenic plastics by going green with your costume choices. Be inventive and creative, using clothing and other objects from around the house to make costumes come to life. There’s no shortage of eco-friendly (and eco-themed) costumes for inspiration.
2. Recycle Costumes
Indulge in hand-me-downs from your older child(ren) to deck out your younger one(s) for the occasion to get the most out of a purchased costume. Or, repeat a costume from the Halloween celebration you had the year prior.
3. Use Every Last Bit of Decorative Pumpkins
Buy organic pumpkins and save the seeds for roasting. Use the pulp for pies, muffins, soup, and other pumpkin recipes (we all know there are plenty out there). When the Halloween festivities subside, compost your pumpkins.
4. Light it up with LED
Use LED lights or solar-powered lamps to decorate your house. LED lights waste 86 percent less energy than incandescent lights do.
5. Donate Your Costume
When Halloween is all said and done, don’t toss your costume. Instead, donate it to a school, local shelter, or theater troupe.
6. Give Out Organic Halloween Candy
You don’t want to be that house that gives out apples. Halloween is meant to be an occasion for indulgence, so there’s no need to go too au naturel. Instead, be a bit more conscious about the nature of the candy you hand out. Opt for organic candy or fair-trade, organic chocolate. By being organic, the candy inflicts less damage on the environment and will be relatively healthier treat for the ghouls, goblins, and ghosts at your door. Check out the Natural Candy Store for inspiration.
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