As an avid recycler, composter, and green gardener, I use every opportunity to be green. Halloween can be a bit tricky, but offers us a chance to be inventive with our eco-friendly efforts. Let’s explore some of my favorite green and eco-friendly ways to celebrate this ghoulish holiday.
Trick or treat goodies
Treats don’t always have to be food. In fact, most candy packaging is excessive with a tiny treat packaged inside paper, packaged inside plastic, making most a non-green option. As a retired teacher and gardener, my favorite choices are recycled bookmarks, stickers and seed packets.
Halloween parties are a much better green option for serving organic, home-baked goodies in a safe environment. Getting the kids involved in the planning, baking and hosting makes this an even more memorable event.
Begin by hand delivering handmade invitations for those who don’t have email. Leftover scraps of construction paper make great invitations; inquire at your nearby elementary school. Other options include using recycled paper or a small paper bag, which can be reused. Please use markers filled with non-toxic ink.
Boo…tiful decorations that won’t end up in the landfill
The best indoor decorations are locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables, like pumpkins, gourds and apples. Also, peruse thrift stores with your children and allow them to use their imagination. They may find the perfect vampire coffin. Look for sheets–great to use as ghosts.
The options are endless with my two seasonal favorites: pumpkin and apples. Pumpkin ice cream, bread, cupcakes, cake and smoothies are always a hit. Moreover, who can turn down a caramel apple?
Locally grown treats
The best way to ensure your party food ingredients are locally grown is to shop at a neighborhood farmers market. If this isn’t possible, check with your grocer.
Think local and organic when thirsty
Organic and locally made apple juice and cider is abundant this time of year. This and pumpkin smoothies will satisfy everyone’s thirst.
Recycle and reuse for your Halloween costume
Thrift stores offer the best costume choices. With a little imagination, you can take an old lace dress and turn your little girl into a witch.
Non-toxic makeup can be made from items in most people’s pantry and bathroom. Try this recipe from Supereco.
Compost all leftover jack-o-lanterns, fruits and veggies.
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