My thoughts on Halloween; and how to make it greener
This week it’s all about Halloween.
Small Footprints has challenged her ‘Change the World Wednesday’ gang to celebrate a Hallow-Green!
We’ve been asked to consider the environmental impact of the treats we give out and offer solutions for better alternatives.
It doesn’t stop there, however, there are parties, costumes and a myriad of other things to take into account.
I’m not sure how much help I can offer because we don’t celebrate Halloween; in fact it’s one of my least favourite celebrations of the year – it gets me growling even more than Christmas!
Let me explain:
The real meaning of Halloween has been totally lost, corrupted and turned over to the consumer society. Isn’t that true of practically everything in our Western culture? Christmas, Easter – they’re all excuses used by manufacturers to encourage us to spend money on disposable crap that we never really wanted in the first place.
Bitter and cynical, me?!
I can’t stand the fact we are such an irreverent society. What were once simple, profound and meaningful celebrations that marked the turning of the seasons have been gobbled up and replaced with needless, thoughtless consumerism and greed.
While children starve across the world, we hand out brightly coloured toxic crap for our kids to chew on.
While people live below the poverty line, we waste money on polyester outfits and plastic masks; items which provide a quick fix and are soon discarded.
It’s ok – you’re green and caring; I know YOU don’t do this. I know YOU think about what you are doing and make careful purchase choices, but I think some of you might resonate with where I’m coming from.
So, here at Chez Green we don’t *do* Halloween. The thought of my daughter walking around the streets asking for money / candy with the ‘threat’ that if they don’t pay up something bad will happen turns my candy-free stomach. When you think about it – what life skills is that teaching our children?
It’s teaching them to resort to bribery, threats, bullying and manipulation.
For us, we celebrate ‘Samhain’; the traditional pagan festival.
We celebrate nature, the end of summer and give thanks for the people we have loved who are no longer with us. On a simple level this might mean visiting a grave or telling stories on a more metaphorical level, pulling up the dead remains in the garden and composting them is an earthy way to celebrate.
It’s a great excuse to light a bonfire in the garden, and dance around, finishing with a bowl of steaming soup and home made bread! If you make your own bread and make pumpkin soup served in the scooped out shells, it’s about as eco friendly as you can get.
What about you – do you celebrate halloween? How do you make it a green celebration?