Halloween is coming up quickly! Check out these 9 easy ways to make your holiday more environmentally friendly. Do you have any more ideas? If so, please comment below!
- Choose reusable decorations: Keep the same decor year after year, Halloween decorations never get old. You can can pass them down through generations. You can also use natural elements in your decor. Fall leaves, apples, pumpkins and gourds make for beautiful centerpieces for your table. When the season is over, simply toss these items in your compost!
- Make your own decorations: Take items you would otherwise throw away and make them into charming decor. Try these milk jug ghosts or create pumpkin candle holders out of old goblets!
- Do a costume trade with neighbors: why buy a new costume every year when there are a lot of ones available to use. Try trading your old costumes with neighbors or reusing costumes from pervious years. If you do want a new costume, why not make one out of materials that you have laying around the house. Check out the ideas for kids costumes here. If you are a little older, check out these 29 homemade costume ideas here. You can also make an awesome costume from old clothes you find at a thrift store. Check out ideas for costumes from Goodwill stores around the country here.
- Give out greener treats: Candy isn't the healthiest or most eco-friendly thing to give out during Halloween. Try handing out apples or other yummy fruits and veggies this season! If you have your heart set on giving out candy this year, try these organic lollypops from YummyEarth. If you or your kids collect a bunch of wrappers, learn how to make a cool bag with them here! You can also send your wrappers into TerraCycle. They will take them and turn them into new products. For ever shipment of candy wrappers, they award you points you can use to give to charity.
- Use recycled bags: First thing’s first, make sure that you or your young friends or children have an eco-friendly bag. From pillowcases to totes, bags for Halloween can come in diverse forms. You can even use those made from recycled water bottles or plastic bags for extra credit! And kids can decorate plain bags to make sure that they feel like they really are celebrating.
- Use nontoxic face paint: When dressing up ghouls and goblins on Halloween, moms and dads can either make or purchase healthier face paints. In 2009 study by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that ten out of ten children’s face paints tested contained at least trace levels of lead. Exposure to lead is unsafe at any level, make sure to check the back of the package to make sure it will be safe for your kids. Some good choices are Physicians Formula Organic Wear and Body Shop, Cover Girl NatureLuxe and Burt’s Bees.
- Sustainable Pumpkins: Carving pumpkins is one of the best parts of Halloween! This year, why not get an organic pumpkin? The USU Student Organic Garden has a lot of awesome produce this year to choose from. While carving, keep those seeds! Roast them in the oven and eat them as a snack. After you have carved your masterpiece, don't just toss them out, compost them! Pumpkins and other gourds make great compost. If you do carve and put a candle in your pumpkin, choose 100% beeswax. Most candles are made from paraffin, a petroleum by-product. Beeswax burns cleanly, lasts longer and releases a wonderful, all natural aroma.
- Walk while trick-or-treating: It can get pretty cold on Halloween, but it is much better to bundle up than drive around your own neighborhood. Driving slowly through neighborhoods to each and every house is not fuel efficient and creates a lot of carbon emissions.
- Recycle: There are a lot of opportunities to recycle in the fall season, check out these ideas for recycling in every area of the holiday.
Happy holidays everyone!