World Wildlife Fund put out a list of tips to help make Halloween more Green. A win for us, the animals and the environment. No tricks! All Treats with a Green Halloween Win!
10 Tips to get Your Green Halloween Boo On!
Gather supplies, arts and crafts throughout the year. Use what mama nature has outside. Avoid buying. Use things you already have for Halloween fun.
- Turn stockings with runs into spider webs.
- Paint foam peanuts (packing materials) and turn them into worms.
- Turn cardboard boxes into tombstones.
- Make decorations from netting from bags of oranges, cotton balls, leaves ...
- Reuse your decorations from the previous year.
Make your own!
- Make a game with your kids turning old clothing into costumes.
- If you must buy, check out thrift shops, consignment & yard sales.
- Keep clothing that could work for costumes.
- Cut down on waste avoiding disposable cups, plates and cutlery.
- Use regular dishes / biodegradable ones.
- Buy locally produced foods, candies and treats.
- Be sure treats have minimal packaging / use ones in recycled materials.
- Check labels for chocolate & sugar coming from sustainable sources.
5. Trick-or-Treat Bags
- Use (and decorate) household items.. A bucket, pillowcase, or even an old bag to collect candy. Reuse each year.
- Grow your own. Your kids can help while they grow.
- Buy from a local farmer / farmer's market.
- Turn your pumpkin into a Halloween decoration.
- Don't throw it away when Halloween is over. Use it. Bake the seeds. Use the pumpkin to make pies, muffins, bread or compost it.
- Trick or Treat by walking , rather than driving around the neighborhood.
- Get to know your neighbors.
- Reduce your carbon emissions.
- Keep the streets safe for others walking.
9. Compost & Recycle
- Party food, treats and pumpkins , that are organic matter, compost them.
- Other items recycle or reus
- Don't throw the old box or bag away. Reuse it.
- Gather all your decorations and keep them for next Hallowee