Want to go green this Halloween? Skip the fancy and go for the frugal. Do it like Grandma used to back in the day. Reduce, reuse and recycle your heart out this Halloween. You’ll feel better and so will Mother Nature. Not sure exactly what to do to make this a green Halloween? Get your thinking on the go green track with these five tips for an environmentally friendly Halloween. Then come up with your own go green Halloween ideas to go with them.
1. Costume Swap. Recycling Halloween costumes doesn’t mean you have to be the same thing every year. Try holding a go green Halloween costume swap party with friends or neighbors. Better yet, make a community chest of costumes, make up and accessories you can all use to come up with unique recycled costumes. Turn it into a pre-party dress up session for more green Halloween fun.
2. Mom or Dad’s Clothes. Check out the closets of family members for inspiration. Mom and Dad are notorious for keeping clothes from their teen years. Check out Gram and Gramps closets too. Don’t forget Aunts and Uncles. Recycle their old disco clothes, prom wear, and gaudy costume jewelry into a “blast from the past” green Halloween costume. The best part about recycled Halloween costumes is that no two are alike.
3. Green Trick or Treat Bags. Use reusable bags for trick or treating. You can learn how to make them yourself here or just use the ones from the grocery store. You can also decorate pre-made bags with recycled scrap fabric. Be sure to wash bags before and after use. Food can leave germs that cause salmonella, e-coli and other issues on cloth bags. Say goodbye to those plastic pumpkins once and for all.
4. Real Pumpkins Leave No Waste. It may be tempting to buy fake carveable pumpkins that leave no mess. Using real pumpkins instead of fake for decorating is a truly go green proposition. Why? You can use every part of a real pumpkin for something. Learn to make perfect pumpkin seed snacks here. Carve your pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. When you’re done, leave the insides outdoors as squirrel food. Even your jack-o-lanterns can be left outside to feed wildlife after Halloween.
5. Throw a Party. Throwing a party for Halloween is more green than trick or treating. Why? Think of all the individually wrapped candy and other treats. You can serve homemade treats at your go green Halloween party instead. Decorate with items you can use again each Halloween. Skip the paper and plastic too. Use washable plates, cups, silverware and napkins. Don’t waste your leftovers, either. Save them for later. When friends opt for a go green Halloween at your party, you multiply the environmental benefits.