Halloween

9 ways to Green Your Halloween

Between adding cobwebs to your home, stocking up on chocolate and deciding how to dress a goblin, you’ve got a lot on your mind. Though tradition is wonderful, there are some Halloween traditions that could do with a green makeover. But don’t be spooked so fast. Adding green to the orange holiday is easier than you think.

  1. Give out scarily healthy Halloween treats

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    When the doorbell rings, welcome trick-or-treaters with tasty treasures that won’t scare the earth. Some of the basics: look for organic, as well as no artificial flavors and colors.

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  2. Dress up with an eco-friendly costume

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    Whether you make your own costume, buy it used, or rent it, you’ll be cutting your Halloween waste. In no time, you’ll be casting spells and flying over trees with these eco-friendly costume ideas.

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  3. Leave the car behind when you accompany trick-or-treaters

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    It doesn’t take a magician to save gas while trick-or-treating. Follow in the steps of emissions-free broom-travelers and you’ll be charming your way to lower emissions (and lower Hallow-costs) in no time.

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  4. Craft a tricked-out reusable Halloween bag

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    Cast a spell on Halloween bag-waste by opting for reusable goodie bags made from eco-friendly materials and shine the green light on Halloween night.

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  5. Create an eco-house of horrors

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    This year, green "ghouls" and guys can summon the spirit of Mother Earth (and scream up some savings) by haunting their hallowed halls with "eeko"-friendly decor.

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  6. Make your own roasted pumpkin seeds

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    Landfills don't need to be fed, but we do! Trick your kids with a healthy treat—and treat yourself while you're at it—by roasting your pumpkin seeds instead of throwing them away after you carve your pumpkin.

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  7. Compost your Halloween pumpkin

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    Give your jack o lantern a new life. Start a backyard compost pile with your old pumpkin and some fallen leaves and have rich, organic fertilizer for your garden in the spring.

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  8. Choose a local, organic pumpkin

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    Creeped out by carbon emissions? Petrified of pesticides? Find pumpkins that are locally produced and organically grown.

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  9. Grow your own pumpkin for next Halloween

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    Show off the scariest jack o lantern on the block, without any eco-horrors, by growing your own pumpkin.

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Comments

10/15/2008
9:27am
om

here's another fun halloween tip: serve pumkin or squash soup INSIDE a miniature pumpkin that you've hollowed out.

10/26/2009
3:32pm
TribalBaby

I must say this advice on 9 Green Tips is fabulous.

Recycled costumes are great - We are having our first ever Halloween Party (Aussies) and I made my baby a Mummy costume out of his Dads old workshirt - cut off the sleeves, turned them into pants and added strips of the torn up shirt to the pants to look like bandaging.
The rest of our costumes were sourced from the Op Shop. I painted the detail onto my 4 year old's Ben 10 costume - easy and cost $2, is recycled and also reused.

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