Green Halloween Tips and Tricks

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October 22, 2013

Want to green your Halloween? Here are some green Halloween tips and tricks to reduce waste and keep the holiday fun and somewhat healthy (all that candy!).

One of the most fun elements of this scary holiday is wearing a costume. This is the perfect time to get creative. Recycle old clothes and use only eco-friendly products. Since most options out there like hair dye and plastic ears are not friends of the environment, this will be a challenge; but a fun challenge! Here are some ideas:

*When buying face masks, stick to natural latex.
*Cardboard, foil, and paper are all recyclable products: use them to make wings, hats, swords.. you name it!
*Make sure if you’re using face paint that it is water-based.
*Come up with costumes out of old clothes, think 60s, 70s, 80s..

Now the candy, the delicious, over-processed, candy. Some might suggest replacing it with something else, but I am a firm believer that a Halloween without candy is not Halloween. Give your trick-or-treaters delicious organic chocolate, the UNREAL brand has replicates of the popular Reese’s, Milky Way, and M&Ms made of all natural ingredients. UNREAL actually stemmed from two brothers and their dad who set out to “unjunk” candy after their dad confiscated most of their Halloween haul. There are tons of options out there that let us treat ourselves and stay healthy at the same time.

candySomething to keep in mind during Halloween is all the waste that it brings: wrappers, plastic pumpkins, decorations… Try to avoid it as much as possible, the pillowcase (and I speak from experience) makes for a great trick or treating bag and it produces no waste. Actually, a lot of items can work and they can even match your costume: a purse, a briefcase, or even a lunchbox. If you want to take it one step further, I suggest a reusable Halloween “ChicoBag.” They come in different designs, hold up to 25 lbs of candy, and once Halloween is over they can be stored in a tiny little pouch that is attached to them for the next year.

It is nearly impossible to avoid Halloween waste completely so here are a few things to consider once the holiday has passed. Compost all the jack-o’-lanterns and any other pumpkin leftovers. A great idea suggested by GreenHalloween.org is to make arts and crafts with all the candy wrappers! Make bracelets, purses or use them to cover your notebooks (I did this a lot in high school).

We hope these ways to have a green Halloween are a treat. Happy Halloween!

-Ivanha Paz

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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