Halloween is just around the corner… and it’s the ideal time to let the creativity flow. But it’s also an opportunity to make some fantastic green choices.
While that creativity is in action, remember to give these green tips a try!:
- Crafts & games – this is a great chance to upcycle materials, from jars & cans, to toilet paper and paper towel tubes… crafts don’t require a trip to a craft store! And choose games that don’t require major purchases, like “Rotten Pumpkin” with a miniature pumpkin (played like “Hot Potato”) or create a large jack-o-lantern from paper and play “Pin the Nose”. All of the paper can be recycled afterward.
- Costumes – your own closets and drawers are a great resource! Visit your local thrift store. Or organize a costume swap with your friends. Avoid face paints, unless you make them yourself… they often contain some harsh chemicals that you truly don’t want on your children’s face!
- Decorations – nature provides plenty of resources, from pumpkins and gourds, to mums and leaves, to cornstalks and Indian corn. After the season, they’re all completely compostable.
- Parties – avoid disposable anything. Use real serveware, cups, silverware, fabric table coverings and napkins. If you MUST purchase disposables, at the very least, choose paper over plastic. Try to help carry these rules over to classroom parties too.
- Treats & candy – organic candies would be fabulous, but not easily found, so just be conscious to avoid some treats that are over-wrapped and over-packaged and, truly, treats don’t need to be candy. Consider recycled-content pencils or mini-notepads. Avoid plastic trinkets.
- Treat bags – cellophane bags are the easiest to find but, with a little extra effort, you can find Halloween-themed paper bags instead. Reusable bags are also ideal for collecting the loot!
- Over-abundance of treats? – Consider pilfering some of your kids’ haul and drop it off at a homeless shelter!
Happy planning, Happy Halloween and be sure to keep it green and “EEK”-o-friendly!