All-Hallows-Eve might be known as the spookiest day of the year, but parents know it’s also one of the best times for creative costumes, as well as arts and crafts. A unique holiday with a special focus on imagination, Halloween is a great opportunity to show your friends and family just how fun an enjoyable an eco-friendly party can be. Consider using the festivities to show off your ingenuity while teaching others how to incorporate healthy, green, eco-friendly habits into their lives. After all, if a holiday infamous for reckless abandon to sweet treats can be made to fit a green lifestyle, anything can!
Healthy, tasty treats for kids and friends alike
Candy and Halloween go to together like eggs and Easter, but that doesn’t mean you or your children should binge on sweets just so you can feel guilty the next day. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 20% of all children and adolescents in America are obese. According to Planet Green, the average American consumed 24.5 pounds of candy in 2007. With those shocking statistics in mind, there’s more reason than ever to instill healthy eating habits in your children.
Make your own candy bars
Homemade food is usually the best, and the food you make yourself is extra special; your family and friends will be grateful for the love and care you’ve put into it. Of course, basic kitchen experience is a must, but it all starts with a good recipe. Chow.com has an excellent guide to making your own candy bars using whole, natural ingredients, without any high fructose corn syrup or the usual list of ingredients you find on candy bar wrappers. There are recipes for peanut butter cups, almonds, coconuts, and more, all covered in a delicious chocolate coating. They even have unique wrappers that you can easily print and cut out.
Can’t cook? Check out these green Halloween treats
If you find yourself hopelessly lost in the kitchen, not to worry! There are plenty of green, organic, natural candies available that you can buy. With more and more people demanding healthier alternatives, many companies are offering green Halloween candies, many of which you can order online. The Daily Green has a list of a 9 great, healthy treats you can buy. Candyblog also features several green candies along with lists of stores which carry them.
Sustainable Halloween bags
It goes without saying that plastic treat bags for candies aren’t compatible with a truly green Halloween, but you may want something a little more fun for your children than empty pillowcases. Consider taking a look at Treehugger’s list of unique, memorable (and reusable!) Halloween treat bags.
Those corny plastic or styrofoam Halloween decorations some people use aren’t scary in the first place, just ask the kids! For a real spooky atmosphere, that’s classier as well, stick with tried and true Halloween traditions: The humble pumpkin, candles, and fall wreaths. Choose beeswax or soy candles, and watch out for artificial fragrances.