Halloween is a fun holiday to dress up in costumes and participate in parties, parades and Trick or Treating. Embrace your greener side this Halloween and get creative when it comes to costumes. It can be expensive and pretty wasteful to shop for your entire costume at a Halloween shop and let’s be honest, how many times will you wear your new look? There are a lot of options to have a more eco-friendly costume approach. Our first tip is green your costume. Check out if there are any Halloween Costume Swaps in your area. Saturday, October 13, 2012 is National Costume Swap Day, if there isn’t one in your area why not start one yourself? If swapping is not your thing check out some local consigment stores like the Kangaroo’s Pouch in Jupiter who have like new costumes for kids in various sizes. Goodwill and thrift stores are another good option to find pieces for a great costume. You can look online or head to the library to get some inspiration. It is best to keep an open mind when you browse, you never know what you may find, an old wedding dress and some makeup and you could be a spooky bride, or that old prom dress can transform you into Miss America. When trying to live a greener lifestyle remember to try to follow the 3 R’s, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Our second tip is to get creative with your treats too. The standard candy can be enhanced with some treasures like stickers, tattoos, pencils or other small inexpensive items that are fun. There are many organic and all natural snack options that come in Trick or Treat size, like mini Glee gum. Head to Whole Foods or Publix to find some healthy options. Check out this list of ideas to include for your Trick or Treaters. Wendy’s offers a book of 10 coupons for a Junior Frosty for $1, kids love the Frosty and it helps support a local business.
Our third tip is to decorate your home and yard with natural objects as much as possible. Take a walk and bring a bag and the kids if you have any and collect pine cones, sticks, leaves, anything else that looks like it could be used for a decoration. Hurricane glass jars look great filled with pine cones, add a ribbon in a festive fall color and you have a beautiful centerpiece. You could also fill the glass jars with nuts, candy corn or orange and black shiny ornaments, beads or other craft store supplies you might have around. If you head out to Jupiter Farms you can you can find a Town & Country Feed store and grab a bale of hay, use it as is for a decorative base, seat or break it up and stuff some old clothes to make a Halloween scarecrow. After the holiday you can use it in your garden or landscaping as a mulch.
Have fun and share your favorite green Halloween tips in the comments.