Make It a Green Halloween

By Deirdre Wilson

Green HalloweenHalloween, that treat-laden holiday that rockets kids into a frenzy of excitement every October, has not escaped the “green” movement. Environmentalists offer countless ways to make Halloween more earth-friendly. Here are five:

1. Make your child’s costume or buy it at a secondhand store. Search the Internet or craft books and magazines for easy costume ideas. Just remember to fashion a costume that isn’t too long (to avoid tripping) and doesn’t cover the face (so that a child can see clearly). This Halloween, think “green.” (see 8 Easy Ideas for Homemade Halloween Fun and Do-It-Yourself Costume Creations)

2. If you’re having a Halloween party, use reusable dishes, utensils and food serving bowls. Serve healthy food that’s in season, such as apples and pumpkins (baked pumpkin seeds are a delicious snack and the meat of a pumpkin can be pureed into a delicious, kid-friendly soup). Try to buy seasonal produce at a farmer’s market, since that means it was grown locally and not transported by fuel-burning trucks from another part of the country. (See Frightfully Good Food)

3. Use reusable trick-or-treat bags, such as a reusable shopping bag, pillowcase or a decorated beach bucket, instead of disposable plastic bags.

4. Teach your kids not to litter. Carry an extra bag with you to collect wrappers of any candy items that your children eat while trick-or-treating.

5. Carefully store away your Halloween decorations each year so that you don’t have to go out and buy new ones every fall. You’ll save money and the environment by purchasing less and reusing more.