How to Have an Eco-Friendly Halloween

All Hallows’ Eve is an exciting time to share in the tradition of spooky decorations, dressing in costumes and large amounts of delectable candy. But come November 1st, we all have to deal with the aftermath. This year, have an all-green Halloween that’s easy on your wallet and the environment (not to mention your waistline).

Make your own costumes

Let’s face it, there’s no reason you can’t. Store bought costumes are expensive and the syntheticcloud-costume materials and plastic accessories harm the environment when they’re made. Instead, look at making costumes as a creative project for you and your children.

Use old items around the house to make them like:
• Old pillow cases, bed sheets and clothes
• Cardboard
• Wire hangers
• Old toys
• Styrofoam

You can also shop at thrift stores to get material and then using scissors, a needle and thread – get busy!

Reduce, reuse, and recycle with decorations
il_570xN.665972864_nic5Go easy with your light switches and;
• Amp up the creepy by using dim bulbs and solar-powered lights around your home/in the backyard. Keeping your house almost dark saves on the electricity bill!
• Use eco-friendly beeswax or soy candles instead of paraffin ones. They’ll burn for longer too!

When it comes to pumpkins;

• Buy locally grown and instead of throwing out the insides, toast the seeds and make lots of pumpkin pie! (You could also just grow your very own pumpkins!)

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• To avoid the mess of carving and disposing pumpkins, buy ceramic ones. You can reuse them for many years.

Home décor

• Make one-time-buys that you can reuse every year like spiders and creepy skeletons
• Use thread, cardboard, natural paints and recycled paper to make cobwebs, scary silhouettes, bats and grave stones
• Stuff old clothes with dead leaves from the yard or those packing peanuts you have in the attic to make bodies

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  • Avoid using paper cups/disposable plates unless they are recyclable. You can use your own dishes and cutlery, and ask guests to help with the cleaning up.
  • Consider serving vegan foods, in place of dairy and meat; with cow emissions being cited as the top 1 cause of climate change it is another way you can Go Green!

Trick-or-treating

• Make use of old cloth bags, T-shirts and buckets by turning them into fun, costume themed hoot-hoot-2“props” for collecting candy
• Avoid Snickers and Butterfingers and look for locally made/organic and sugarless candies that still taste great. You don’t have to be the house that gives out apples!
• Don’t drive, walk or use bicycles to trick-or-treat around your neighborhood
• Give your kids solar-powered lanterns or shake flashlights instead of battery-powered lights

When it’s all over

When all the Halloween fun has come and gone, clean up and recycle or compost what you can.

greenhalloweenrecycleTake all the cardboard and paper over to a recycling facility. Here on the East Coast of the United States, Hannapaper is an example of paper recycling company. You can even collect scrap metal from your garage and along with your Halloween decorations take them to scrap recycling centers like Sims Metal Management, which has locations all over the world. They have recycling facilities in Providence, RI and a couple of other cities in the state.

• Donate the old clothes
• Compost (or find someone who does) or donate the remains of the Halloween food and pumpkin

Celebrating a green Halloween can be just as spooky and exciting as ever. Just remember to use eco-friendly products and enjoy your contribution to a cleaner, healthier world!

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. Have a Happy Green Halloween!

**This guest post was written by Anne Staley. Anne is an environmentalist who likes to express her thoughts and beliefs through the written word. Her motto in life is to better the lives of others through the knowledge she shares. She loves nature and urges her readers to Go Green. She shares her thoughts through creative writing and blogs.
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