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Tips for a Green Halloween
Tips for a Green Halloween

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017
By: J.P. Mascaro & Sons
Categories: Main Category

Most of us can’t resist indulging in the celebration of Halloween.  It’s the night of the year where we excitedly combine fright with fun.  However, modern day Halloween has become a nightmare on our health, our teeth and our environment when you factor in the copious amounts of sugar, the array of packaging surrounding that candy and the toxic decorations and costumes that have become staples of the day.  Many of us strive to be healthy and green in today’s society but, of course, no one wants to be a victim of the trick side of trick-or-treat by becoming the Halloween bah humbug.  So how do we partake in the enjoyment while still being health and environmentally conscious?  Here are some hints to accomplish that task.

Think outside the candy bag!  Instead of filling your trick or treaters' baskets with candy, be creative with your hand-outs and try crayons, pencils, erasers, stickers or bubbles. For those who just can’t resist your sweet tooth, choose organic candy.  Organic means less environmental damage during production and transportation and the healthier ingredients are less compromising on your body.  If you just can’t stray from the traditional Kit-Kats and Laffy Taffies, choose options that come in individual boxes rather than plastic to ensure the opportunity for the packaging to find its way to the local recycle center instead of the landfill. 

Leave those toxic costumes behind.  Halloween is meant to be entertainingly scary not terrifyingly scary.  Most of the costumes filling out your local Halloween retailers’ shelves are composed of non-recyclable petro-chemical based plastic and synthetic fibers.  In simple terms this means stuff that not only creates havoc on the environment but have been shown to be absorbed by the human body causing negative alterations to our make-up.  So look for costumes made of natural fibers and materials.  Or better yet, look in your closet or your friend’s closet for a disguise you can reuse or create!

Bring out the artist in you.  Once you come up with your green costume, paint your face instead of investing in those overpriced plastic and rubber masks.  Be sure to look for non-toxic face paint before you begin your masterpiece. 

Don’t just use your creative talents for face painting.  Put your artistry to the test with your decorations.  You don’t need to be Picasso to stuff a bedsheet with leaves to make a ghost or to scatter black yarn to create the image of spiders.  And what better ways to cover your windows than with the artwork that comes home from school with your little ones?

Try to resist those little one’s negotiations for a new bag to tote around the neighborhood on the big day.  Fill up a pillowcase, reusable shopping bag or last year’s bucket instead.  After all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts!

Last but certainly no least, consider using LED lighting to illuminate your home and to keep your walkway safe for the vampires, witches, princesses and cartoon characters that are planning to find their way up to your door.  Not only do they save energy but they will save you money in the long term.

Now that you are on your way to a green Halloween, don’t forget to save it all for next year!  Be sure to package up all those costumes, lights, decorations and goodie bags you used to make your October spectacular and use them again when the ghosts and goblins resurface next season.   This will help your goal of having a spooky Halloween without actually having to be scared for your health and your environment. 

Tagged:Green, Recycle, Sustainability, Community, Landfills, Solid Waste, Organic, Earth, Carbon Footprint, Energy Consumption, Kids, Children, Reuse, Holidays, Lights, Decorations

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