Have you given much thought to how you can contribute to sustainable living during Halloween? A green Halloween is a chance to make a difference in one of the many small ways that we, the little people, can make a statement and educate people on how even such a wasteful yet celebratory occasion can remain as green as possible.
I wrote in my previous article, which together with this and several other articles, offer more than 100 ideas on how it is possible during the lead up, preparation, decorations, costumes and trick or treat ideas for Halloween, for you to make environmentally friendly choices for the event.
This article discusses how you can think green at Halloween for food and games choices by showing you what ways you can be Eco-conscious with your food preparations and party games. The suggestions here are only a small offering in terms of the potential for Halloween to be green, there is so much more you can do, but at least these tips can give you a head start.
You’ve Got The Preparations Underway, So What’s Next?
Green Style Sustainable Food Selections Are Attainable And Available
- Probably the most obvious choice you can make is to bake your own cookies, or make your own toffees, etc
- Forego individually wrapping items, unless you can find something biodegradable or edible
- Use seasonal fruits and vegetables and buy organic and from a local market
- Home make everything rather than use processed, store bought foods.
- Avoid foods that use palm oil in any part of their processing. The industries using palm oil are becoming a major pain in the behind in terms of the damage they wreak on the environment and habitats. Let’s not help them cause further suffering to animals such as Orangutans. They need a home and a life too, who gives us the right to decide their fate just because we want to use palm oil? We need to find alternatives, not the orangutans.
- Choose food items that meet sustainable qualities or from sustainable sources such as those with recycled packaging
- Try your hand at making your own style of packaging
- What about making your own clay plates and bowls? Or You can purchase biodegradable bamboo plates and cutlery.
- Serve up some tasty eyeballs, using hard boiled eggs. Peel and paint eyes and blood vessels on with natural food coloring.
- Try my simplest pumpkin soup ever if you are having guests or just a family get together.
Party Games Can Be Fun And Still Work Within Your Conscience
- The old traditional game of Bobbing for Apples has always been fairly good in terms of the environment. You can improve on it by using locally grown organic apples and reducing the impact transportation has on the planet. Then make sure that the container holding the water is not plastic. A metal tub that is recyclable will do the trick. Use the water on your plants rather than tip it down a drain somewhere.
- Play Witch’s Hat skittles with tin cans painted with images of witches and/or hats on them. For the ball, use a hackie sack filled with rice and made from burlap or other natural material.
- If you have some old door handles or the ends of curtain rods, or find some in a thrift shop, you can try doing this with them and creating a game of skittles or bowling from them.
- Play Tic tac toe using natural playing pieces like seed pods, shells, rocks and place sticks on the ground to make the grid.
- Use hessian sacks or potato sacks for sack races. Add a little fun by making it about escaping from Zombies. You might combine the old 3 legged race with a sack race by having two people with one leg each tied together, that has to chase a person in a sack who is trying to get away.
- Egg and spoon races can easily be turned into eyeballs on spoons by decorating the eggs.
- What about a game of Mummy bowling, with plastic bottles wrapped in toilet paper and using a ball or hackie sack to knock the pins down?
- Bobbing for donuts on string. Each child can try to eat their own donuts with hands tied behind back. Or perhaps string up pineapple slices instead and have them do the same thing.
- Feed the monster! This is a bit like bean bag toss, but use a box painted like a monster with a jagged hole for the mouth to toss the bag into.
- There is a plastic version of the old ‘Beetle’ game, but when I was younger, it was played on paper with dice and a pen or pencil to draw the body parts. You could make your own Frankenstein version instead and use cardboard to cut out the pieces in advance and have them ready to place on the body when someone rolls a body part. I wonder what this game would be like in giant form like those chess boards you can buy.
- Croquet using a skull that you have made and sticks.
- The game of Horseshoes or quoits, using the old rope style quoits, is still popular today.
- Mummy wrapping competitions. First person to wrap their partner from head to toe in toilet paper. Use the toilet paper made from recycled paper.
- Scarecrow building competition. Try gathering old clothes, pillow cases for heads, newspapers for stuffing and and any bits and pieces you can find that might for hair and hats. You don’t need to have wooden posts up for them, just lay them out on the ground.
- Create a haunted story by starting it off and each person add elements to it to make it as spooky or scary as possible.
- Could you turn a few pumpkins into a mini golf course by hollowing out and shaping some of the shells as holes or novelty things to get past?
- Best Frankenstein walk competition
- Pin the witch on the broom.
- Monster Mash dance freeze
- Some of the ideas in the Trick or Treat article would easily double up as party fun and games.
At The End Of The Preparation And Celebrations, The Main Thing Is To Have Fun. I Hope You Do.
So if a green Halloween is a chance to make a difference, then I hope that you have found some useful tips and ideas from this article and my other articles in this series to make it happen for you. You have choices. Choose to do something good for the world and reduce your own carbon footprint and impact on the planet. Mother Earth will thank you. In fact, I will thank you and so will the rest of the world once they also know there are other choices. Spread the word, keep safe and enjoy your one night of the year where mayhem and madness can take over for an evening and the happiness that it brings to you all.
I would really love for you to let me know if you used any of these tips this Halloween. Put your thoughts and some pictures in my comments section. Or email them to me so I can put them up.
Thank you for reading.