Halloween is such a fun time of the year – however, it can make your head spin thinking of the many ways that this holiday impacts the environment in a negative way. In an effort to stay true to our roots of caring for Mother Nature, we wanted to share a few ideas for going green this Halloween.
1. Make your own costumes, or do a costume swap. If you’re crafty, you can sew your own costume – hey, it will be unique! Another tip, if you’re tired of wearing the same costume as last year, and the year before that… exchange with a friend! This could be a fun activity for kids as well.
2. Homemade decorations. Using recyclable materials to make homemade decorations is a great way to show off your conservation skills this Halloween. Tip for next year: We can make decorations out of spray foam – giant pumpkin, anyone? That’s sure to make you stand out from the crowd!
3. Skip the store-bought candy bucket. It’s probably made of cheap plastic that is reeking of BPA. The kids can go old-school with a wicker basket or even a pillowcase. They’d probably love the larger case!
4. Party smart. If you’re hosting a Halloween party, be sure to use recyclable materials – or even glass dishes. You can ask a few friends to help clean up and wash dishes with you. It’s more time-consuming, but the Earth will thank you.
5. Don’t just throw away your pumpkins. They can be composted, and/or fed to your nearby furry animal friends. You can also eat the seeds and skin of the pumpkin – they are very nutritious, after all.
Have a fun, safe Halloween from our Creative Conservation family to yours!