Halloween: Fun or Green?
I ask this question in all honesty. It comes from a well-intentioned place, an inner child who loves this holiday to this day. Bring on the pumpkins, witches, the vampires, the ghosties, and a sprinkle of faries and princess too; the sprinkly pink can’t be avoided. Bring on the treats and maybe the tricks. Most of all bring on the fun.
Halloween is supposed to be fun isn’t it?
But right about now you are going to see articles and blogs espousing the green virtue in all things. For many people this means no fun. I am here to tell you it does not have to be an either or, but something that goes hand in hand and really harkens to another era.
And please people, no naughty leopard costumes for toddlers. Seriously, that is the opposite of fun.
So how can you have a fun and green Halloween?
Your children do not need store-bought costumes every single year. Some of the most fun, most creative costumes I have seen were made with homemade ingenuity. I have always been a big fan of buying or using something practical that can be used all year combined with something upcycled or simply whimsical.
Hand me down costumes are not looked down upon and can always be spruced up to fit a younger child’s sense of style. If you, friends or neighbors, collect dress-up clothes throughout the year then use these for finishing touches or unexpected flourishes. Anything and everything should be viewed as potential costume ideas.
No, you don’t have to be known as the dude who hands out toothbrushes every Halloween, although I have heard that coins go over well with the younger crowd! There are plenty of tasty treats to serve up at Halloween parties and on the big night itself that are safer, healthier, and make you feel better about indulging too.
There are great ways to decorate healthier snacks for Halloween parties using foods like string cheese, tomatoes, orange peppers, apples, raisins, toasted pumpkin seeds, popcorn, fingers, – in other words, whole foods. Peel ‘em, cook ‘em, slice ‘em, and arrange them just so for the perfect party.
When it comes to trick-or-treat, we all know we need easy to grab and, likely, individually packaged. This is when you need to decide what comes first, environmental and social justice for all, or more money in your pocket at the end of the night. No judgment here, I know what I can afford and it isn’t always fair trade chocolate, even though I would want to.
The top eco-choices fall under a few different categories: fair trade, organic, homemade, or at the very least natural (and I mean real ingredients, no artificial flavors, colors, sugar substitutes, or anything unpronounceable). Green Halloween has an excellent list, but I am telling you, if you want to be fun, combine a treasure with a treat if you feel like going that route.
Decor is one of the best ways to make your home feel spooky, creepy, and ready for little ones to grace your door. Decorations can be recycled, upcycled, handmade, homemade, eco-friendly, and best of all, they can last from year to year.
When you choose handmade goods from a mamapreneur for some eco-friendly green Halloween decor, you know exactly what you’re getting – and you know it will last. If you choose to create fun projects with your kids and for your home, you’re getting the best of both worlds and the style will get to improve with age.
I will be updating my Pinterest board throughout this month, so be sure to follow and find your own inspiration!
- Wondering how to #takeback Halloween and make it healthier without losing any fun? www.greenhalloween.org/candy
- Your survival guide for Halloween 2013 has arrived: the #candycheatsheet: http://ow.ly/oVsV
- Do the additives and chemicals in your Halloween candy scare you more than ghosts? Fight those toxic ghouls http://ow.ly/oVsVC
- Don’t let the Halloween Horrors of artificial dyes, preservatives, GMOs and more get you down. There are healthier options and Almost All The Truth with Green Halloween can show you! http://www.almostallthetruth.com/green-living/halloween-fun-or-green
- Want a greener Halloween but no clue where to begin? http://greenhalloween.org/blog/?p=52144 has all the answers.
- The thought of an environmentally inefficient Halloween is enough to raise the dead! Check out Green Halloween Carnival http://greenhalloween.org/blog/?p=5214 to have a greener, healthier, and happier holiday.
Save the date for all things green and Halloween! Be prepared to come with your own tips and don’t forget to spread the word! Put this shindig on the calendar for October 1st 6pm EST / 3pm PST!
Green Halloween Carnival
This post was written for inclusion in the Green Halloween Carnival. This is a must visit page for all of your green Halloween needs! From special diet considerations for your kiddos to the great purge, there is something for everyone!