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Create a Green Halloween

October 20, 2011

Have a FRIGHTENINGLY green Halloween this year.

Halloween is traditionally black and orange. But, why not throw a little “green” into your holiday this year as well? Here are a few tips on creating a GREEN Halloween:

1. Instead of purchasing plastic or paper decorations,  use natural products such as pumpkins, gourds, and corn husks instead. Then add them to your compost bin once the decorations are no longer needed.

2. When planning a Halloween party, use reusable utensils, plates, napkins and tablecloths instead of disposable ones.

3.  Make your child’s goodie bag from a pillow case or anything else you already own that goes with theme of the costume.

4. Purchase treats that use the least amount of packaging as possible. Also, opt for earth-friendly varieties such as organic fruit snacks,  small boxes of organic raisins or even pencils made from recycled materials.

5. Avoid synthetic face masks and teeth, face-paint, nail polishes, colored hairsprays and other items that may contain high levels of lead and other toxic ingredients.  Instead, purchase natural and organic versions of make-up or create your own masks using simple craft supplies.

6. Create your own costume with items you already own or can get used at a local resale shop, consignment sale or from friends. Or consider a costume swap at school or among friends. Not only will it help save the earth, it will save you money as well.

Have  “GREEN HALLOWEEN” idea?  Share it with us in the comments below!

For more information on Massachusetts green business visit the GO GREEN WEB DIRECTORY.

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