Traditional Halloween colors may be orange and black, but eco-friendly families are going green this year. How can you make this spooky autumn celebration more environmentally pleasing?
Here are 10 fun and festive tips for greening Halloween.
Simple steps may make this harvest-time holiday considerably more eco-friendly.
1. Go natural with Halloween decorations.
Cornstalks, dried gourds, and fall flowers add plenty of flair to autumn home décor. What’s more, these traditional adornments are environmentally adaptable after Halloween.
2. Save power throughout the Halloween season.
Families can save money and electricity by using natural candles in pumpkins and luminaria, instead of powered lights. Better yet, why not switch off the house lights to enjoy these flickering glows and reduce energy usage while welcoming trick or treaters?
3. Choose do-it-yourself or pre-worn Halloween costumes.
Cheap plastic store-bought costumes are pricey, and they don’t last. With a little creativity, kids can assembly cool costumes from their own closets, a trip to the local resale shop, or a fun swap with friends.
4. Make your own face paints or use water colors.
Face paints and stage makeup are also costly and may be ecologically unfriendly. Homemade substitutes are easy to make. A basic non-toxic watercolor paint set works well for designing Halloween masks or designs on children’s faces.
5. Give kids reusable trick-or-treating bags.
Plastic pails and sacks may be popular for Halloween, but these can pile up in landfills. Reusable shopping bags or cloth pillowcases make super trick-or-treat sacks.
6. Provide a trash bin for Halloween visitors.
A smart and eco-friendly Halloween host may put a garbage bin by the porch or front step, so trick or treaters have a ready spot to catch empty candy wrappers.
7. Walk door-to-door on Beggars’ Night.
Fitness- and environmentally-minded families tend to enjoy the fresh air and exercise of covering the trick-or-treat route on foot, instead of shuttling kids door-to-door by car or tractor-pulled wagon. Why not work off some of those candy calories and save fuel at the same time?
8. Pick up neighborhood trash while trick or treating.
Here’s a new twist on trick-or-treat fun. How about giving each child an extra bag for collecting wrappers and trash along the way on Halloween?
9. Roast pumpkin seeds.
Why waste the opportunity to whip up a perennially popular crunchy snack? Try some easy and delicious recipes for roasting Halloween pumpkin seeds. Or save some seeds for garden planting.
10. Compost leftover Halloween pumpkins.
When November rolls in, holiday jack-o-lanterns may sag, rot, or dry out. That’s the time to toss them into the composting mix (see video). Many communities offer composting opportunities for residents without ample space at home. Composted pumpkins help the environment, instead of loading up trash bins.
Halloween celebrations can be loaded with fun without overloading local landfills or adding to pollution problems. Fall fun can be eco-friendly for green-minded families.
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