Tricks Treats and Trash: How to Break Free from Halloween's Disposable Cycle
By, Sabrina Aguilar
In a world where plastic disposable waste inundates the landscape every October 31st, the need for a greener approach to Halloween has never been more evident. Say goodbye to the days of indulging in expensive, unhealthy, and clutter-generating commodities. This year, dare to opt for an eco-friendly All Hallow's Eve that saves you money and resonates with a more conscientious lifestyle on our planet. Dive into the realm of green Halloween party ideas, creative costume suggestions, and wholesome trick-or-treat snack alternatives, and discover how simple choices can make a substantial difference.
DIY Upcycled Decorations
Get creative and make your own Halloween decorations from recycled materials. Use old jars, cardboard, paper, blankets, and other items to craft spooky lanterns, ghosts, or decorations. It's a fun and eco-friendly way to spruce up your home for the holiday and a great arts and crafts activity for the kids.
Host a Costume Swap
Organize a costume swap party with friends and neighbors. Encourage everyone to bring their gently used costumes and trade them with others. This way, you can have a unique costume without buying a new one, reducing waste, and saving money.
Choose Natural Face Paint
Instead of using store-bought face paints filled with potentially harmful chemicals for your kids, consider opting for natural alternatives. You can easily make face paint at home using safe ingredients like cornstarch, water, and food coloring. You can also choose non-toxic face paint brands like Natural Earth Paint, which offer a selection of clay and mineral-based natural face paints. This choice is not only safer for your children's skin but also better for the environment.
Offer Eco-Friendly Treats
Instead of handing out conventional candies, consider offering eco-friendly treats such as organic fruit snacks, dried fruits, or homemade goodies in reusable containers. This not only reduces plastic waste but also promotes healthier options. To add a playful and healthy twist to your Halloween celebrations, you can also opt for making fruit monster figurines made of organic bananas with chocolate fudge eyes, or use apples with strawberry tongues.
Choose costumes inspired by nature or wildlife, such as a bee, butterfly, bird, or maybe a treehugger. Craft these eco-friendly costumes using items you already own, discover hidden treasures at thrift stores, or join a Halloween costume exchange party. It's a sustainable and creative way to celebrate Halloween.
Pumpkin Carving and Cooking
Don't let your Halloween pumpkins go to waste! Once you've had your fun carving them, roast the pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack, and use the flesh to make pumpkin soup, pies, or muffins. If you have bits that are not usable, you can always compost any leftovers to reduce food waste.
Trick-or-Treat in Your Neighborhood
Skip the car and explore your own neighborhood for trick-or-treating. Walking or biking not only reduces your carbon footprint but also helps you connect with neighbors and enjoy some healthy exercise. It's a win-win for Halloween fun.
Reusable Trick-or-Treat Bags Bags
Ditch disposable plastic bags and opt for reusable ones made of fabric, canvas, or even old pillowcases. They are more durable and eco-friendly alternatives. To make it even more exciting for the kids, consider personalizing their pillowcase bags. They'll be so thrilled with their unique, eco-conscious treat bags that they won't miss the store-bought ones!
Donate Costumes and Decorations
If your kids are outgrowing their costumes and decorations, why not share the Halloween spirit with your community? Consider donating these items to local schools, daycare centers, thrift stores, or other family members. By doing so, you give these items a second life and bring joy to others.
Illuminate your home with energy-efficient LED lights or solar-powered lanterns for a spooky ambiance. These options consume less electricity and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.