Have you thought about what you are doing for Halloween this year? How can you participate in it without compromising your values? A green Halloween is about saying Yes to small changes in all areas of the celebrations and still being able to feel good about what you are trying to achieve in the larger scheme of things. Choose to be green at your Halloween party.
You will find more than one hundred tips and suggestions on this website between several articles, to allow you to think sustainability and still have a great time.
The kids in the neighborhood, and their parents, may even get an education on how to live a greener lifestyle. After all, Halloween is possibly equally as wasteful as it is fun, perhaps more so, and with so many people celebrating it, that is still a very large amount of waste generated. Let’s change that together and do something new this year.
Holding A Halloween Party?
Here Are The First Steps To Making It Green- Think ‘Sustainable’ From The Get Go.
There are many ways in which you can choose sustainable options when throwing a Halloween party. Here are just a few.
- Get your party guests involved in making their own costumes from recycled items, give prizes for best use of recycling, best design, or best theme
- If holding a street party, do the same. Or let people know that you are holding your own competition and will judge each costume and award your trick or treat visitors with a prize for the best recycled costume. You may need to give some thought to how that will work.
- You could take it one step further and suggest a ‘Keep It Green’ street party where the entire street holds a Green Halloween
- Do not use paper invitations, instead email the invitations
- If holding a party for people you know, use social media, such as creating an event on Facebook or Tweet the info out via Twitter, etc
- Give the kids pillow cases to use as loot bags, or draw string bags, or ecofriendly shopping bags with handles rather than use plastic bags or containers, to carry around the neighborhood. Perhaps you could make your own and decorate it for Halloween.
- Be conscious of not leaving any waste behind you, take it home with you.
- Pick up trash along the way and teach your children to do the same.
- Remind each of your visitors about not littering.
- Walk the neighborhood or bike ride, car pool to other areas.
- Organise a Halloween bus tour and take people around to the best decorated streets
- When the night is over, compost or recycle the waste
- Reuse some of the practical decorations for Thanksgiving, consider this when choosing decorations and try to have them double up as both.
- Use only biodegradable plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, etc. Bamboo plates and utensils are made from a renewable and easily sustainable source and are available for purchase.
- If you are a coconut lover, try making your own bowls from the coconut shells.
- Make sure cups are labelled with a person’s name so that they are reused by the same person and not continually getting put into the trash.
- Use you own crockery, cutlery and cloth napkins and tablecloths
- Use environmentally friendly dish washing and laundry items such as soap nuts, and laundry detergents that are safe.
- Plant your own apple tree and then use your own apples to use for the game of ‘bobbing for apples’, plus you will have a supply of fresh fruit and it will add to your clean living experience as well as you won’t be contributing to the impact that transporting and industry have on the environment.
- Plant your own pumpkin patch to be able to use specially for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas too.
Green Ways To Remain Green And Use The Entire Pumpkin
Don’t forget in the excitement of it all, that pumpkins can be used for just about anything. Just look what you can do with them!
- If using a carved pumpkin for your Jack-O-Lanterns, choose to buy organic and locally grown to reduce the impact of transportation and make a statement about not buying them from places where you don’t know what’s been sprayed on them. Better yet, find non-GMO pumpkins.
- Don’t forget to make soup from the bountiful supply of pumpkins available and used by yourself so not to add to the waste. Below is my own very simple recipe that I have chosen to share here with you.
- Many a pumpkin pie will no doubt be made from the flesh. Pumpkin scones are nice too. There are plenty of recipes to be found online.
- Try collecting the seeds this year and plant some to grow your own pumpkins for the following year, if you have a few, sell them to neighbors or give them away. There is the possibility of quite a few of them because there are an enormous amount of seeds in one pumpkin.
- Another great use for the seeds you collect is to roast them for a yummy and healthy snack.
- Use the seeds once washed and dried for props to add to the table or other decorations
- Use the seeds for craft by gluing them to pictures, try staining or painting them to add color effects.
- The stringy parts that are attached to the seeds can be used to make stock and freeze it.
- Apparently pumpkin can be used to make your own skin care, once again, the recipes are available online.
- Remember it’s a must to compost the remains, or to begin with you can leave out the skin and the seeds for animals. I read that deer apparently love the skin, and of course the seeds will go down a treat with the birds. It’s great to give back to nature in this way.
- If you have been considering starting a composting bin, why not use this Halloween to make a start?
- Why not use the hollowed out shells for serving bowls as a one-time quirky dining experience before tossing them in the compost or feeding them to the deer?
- Jack-o-lanterns, once Halloween is over, can be used as planters. Once you plant something inside, dig a hole and plant the entire pumpkin with the new plant within. The shell naturally turns to compost in the ground around the plant inside and fertilises the soil around it as it breaks down into the soil.
- Turn miniature pumpkins into candles, or convert a hollowed out pumpkin shell as a lovely Autumn (Fall) decorative vase by placing a glass bowl within.
- A great way to promote the keeping it green theme and to use all of the pumpkin is to buy all manner of sized pumpkins and once you made all of your snacks, soups, candies, pies etc, use the shells to make all different bowl sizes and use them for serving your meals. You can also use them as candle holders, vases, snack bowls, etc. Use large pumpkins and cut them in half using a jagged cut, scoop out the middle and clean the inside of the shell, then use them for your trick or treat bowls.
- I’ve even heard of people making butter, candy, cocktails and milkshakes from pumpkin. So versatile, who knew?
- I think the cutest use I’ve read about so far is to use the pumpkin shell to sit a baby inside for a photography session. It acts as a prop to hold the baby in a sitting position, but also as a photographic prop such as in the photos below.
How To Respond To Questions Is Easy – Actions Speak Louder Than Words – Do The Right Thing
So you see, here are more than just a few easy ways to maintain your green outlook while still enjoying the fun. There is no need to cancel Halloween just because it is a wasteful holiday, just change it, be green at your Halloween party and you will be able to be at peace with joining in and teaching others too. When people question you about why you have chosen to act in a more sustainable manner this year and into the future, you are giving other people a message. One that says a green Halloween is about saying yes to small changes. Even Halloween, is able to be turned into an event sustainable to the planet for generations to come. Do your part and others will follow. More tips and ideas to follow.
I would love to hear from you if you have tried any of these ideas this Halloween? Let me know what you did, leave me a message in my comments section. Together we can change the world.
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Warm Wishes and Happy Halloween