Though for many, Halloween is about plastic decorations, sugary candy, and one-time use costumes, it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking for a more eeek-o-friendly Halloween this year, follow these 5 rules.
1) Go to a Reuse Store for Your Costume
Whether it be Goodwill, Salvation Army, or your local thrift store, you are bound to find something interesting (and potentially frightening) here. The treasures that can be found at these stores rival all others. Not only that, but it’s sure to be way less expensive than anywhere else. Or, even better, talk to your friends and neighbors to see if they have any old clothes or costumes you could borrow.
2) Use only Non-Toxic Make-Up
If you’re trying to create fake blood or looking to transform yourself into someone completely new, use make-up that’s toxin-free. Look for make-up that’s labelled organic and natural and avoid mercury, pthalates, and parabens that are standard in most of the big-name brands. This way, it’ll be good for your skin and the Earth.
…or at least the grocery store for your pumpkin. The plastic pumpkins are cute, but chances are that after Halloween the pumpkin will end up lost in the attic or just straight in the trash. If you like having the plastic pumpkins for trick or treating, use an old pillowcase or reusable shopping bag instead. These usually fit more candy in them anyways :)
4) Buy Fair Trade candy
Look to the package of the candy you’re buying and see if you can get it fair trade. It’s still going to satisfy your sweet tooth, but you can feel good about it while snacking.
5) Decorate with Natural Decorations
Find all you need to decorate your house with at the Farmer’s Market this year. Pick up some hay bales, leaves and branches, gourds, pumpkins, dried flowers, and maybe even some soy candles. Then, after halloween is over, you can compost almost all of your decorations so they don’t take up any space in storage.
Hope these tips help you to have a very green Halloween!Photo Credit: Martin Cauchon, Steve Grundy