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Green Halloween Tips – How to be More “EEK-O” Friendly This Year!

October 14, 2013
green halloween tips

Create a “green” Halloween this year including these adorable natural decorations!

TRICK OR TREAT time is right around the corner. And so are all the preparations for the big day. From costumes to candy, here are a few Green Halloween Tips to make the spookiest time of year a little less scary for Mother Earth:

1. GREEN CANDY. Yes, candy is the theme of the day. But, it doesn’t have to be completely unhealthy. When shopping for your treats, look for organic, all-natural, dye-free ingredients that are (ideally) ethically sourced and packaged with the Earth in mind (i.e. compostable packaging, sold in bulk, etc.). Or how about giving away other treats such as organic juice boxes or pouches or organic fruit snacks? Or why not try non-food items such as pencils made from recycled materials or soy/beeswax crayons?

2.  GREEN DECOR,  Instead of decorating with plastic spiders or ghost masks, why not try more natural home decor?  This time of year is full of colorful maze, gourds, leaves and other natural materials that can be found at your local grocer or even right outside your door!  When the season is over these items can all be composted!  So much better than filling our landfills with plastics. Also consider planning a “Recycled  Halloween Craft Day” with the neighborhood kids and create all types of decorations from recycled products.  Here are a few we love:

egg carton bats

haunted halloween village from milk cartons

halloween bunting from old magazines

3.  GREEN COSTUMES.  The biggest question ever year is “WHAT AM I GOING TO DRESS-UP AS THIS YEAR?” Instead of spending a fortune at the costume store for something you will only wear once, why not save yourself money AND avoid creating additional waste by re-purposing costumes from year’s past or old clothing you have in the back of the closet? Or why not create a neighborhood swap?(Everyone probably has at least ONE costume from year’s past hanging around. ) Invite your friends and neighbors over and see what treasures you can discover!  Are you a bit more crafty? Then,why not try your hand at creating a costume from recycled materials? (A favorite around here is the Eco-friendly samurai warrior!)

Also, be sure you are using eco-friendly face paints and make-up when creating your perfect costume. Often store bought face paints can contain harmful metals and other potentially harmful ingredients. To avoid this, try creating your own! The Environmental Working Group has some great recipes for safe DIY face paints  that aren’t harmful to you or the environment.

4. GREEN LIGHT. Have you carved the perfect pumpkin? Then you are ready to illuminate your masterpiece with candles!  Be sure when lighting your pumpkin that you are using soy or beeswax candles since these do not increase CO2 levels in the atmosphere and do not produce black soot making them better for the environment and you .  Ready to head out after dark to do your trick or treating? Be sure to equip the kids with a solar-powered or crank flashlight instead of a traditional battery operated one to lessen your impact on the environment.

5. GREEN BAG. Avoid the temptation to buy that plastic trick or treat bag or plastic pumpkin head at the store (even if they ARE super cute!) Instead, create your own unique and eco-friendly bag by having  the kids decorate old pillow cases. Or create a one-of-a-kind bag from an old Halloween shirt that the kids have outgrown! Here’s how to turn that shirt into reusable trick-or-treat bag and create a lasting memory:


Old Halloween t-shirt

Straight Pens




Sewing Machine or No-Sew Fabric Glue


1. Place your old t-shirt on a flat surface and carefully cut off sleeves (remember to leave the seams attached to keep the handles of your bag strong)

2. Turn the shirt inside out and lay a dinner plate across the neck opening of the T-shirt. It should be half on and half off. Trace around the plate with a pen.

3. Remove the plate and cut along the line  to create the opening of your bag.

4. Pin the bottom opening/seam together to create the bottom of your tote.

5. Glue or sew together along the bottom edge. (Be sure it is secure to hold all that candy!)

6. Turn right-side out and your bag is ready!

How do you go green for Halloween?


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