Candy was not a necessity in my neighborhood when I was a child, many years ago. We always trusted people in our neighborhood. They were never suspected of giving bad treats, but their choice of treats were more Eco-friendly than today. This was the time that Eco-friendly was not even an everyday word.
We always got apples. Nice and shining delicious apples were a treat in our sack. Of course, our parents checked for razor blades, even in those days of yore.
Another special treat were shelled nuts. We might not have eaten them, but they were made into delicious treats for the whole family to enjoy.
Today individual servings of candy are available. However, the packaging is not Eco-friendly in most cases.
Substitute some boxed raisins or boxed items. The boxes are recyclable and will not take up space in the landfills, as coated paper wrappers do. Plastic bags will also take up space in the landfills.
Give a penny or nickle to the trick and treaters. That is definitely a plus for the little ones. When I was a child, we usually made about 60 cents in our bags. They were in pennies and nickles and we went to the store and bought our own treats.
When you send the kids out, make sure that they go with a reusable bag. There are many of these bags available at grocery or discount stores. There is no waste, because the treat items can be stored in the bags.
Try to give items that are self-wrapped. That means no loose candy, nuts, or potato chips. They are safer for the children, because there is no chance of poisoning or contamination.
Cute Pez containers are an Eco-friendly item. They can be refilled with candy and not discarded after one use.
Small bottles of water and juice are an Eco-friendly treat. These bottles can be recycled after use. Larger cities have facilities to recycle plastic bottles.
Treats for the ghosts and goblins that call at your house this Halloween can be those that will not cause tooth decay, but healthy alternatives that will promote a learning lesson for the trick and treaters. Eco-friendly might not have been a familiar word, forty years ago, but the concept was around then. Teach children how to have an Eco-friendly Halloween.