Green up your halloween

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halloween1It’s the cheap plastic tat, sweets laden with sugar and chemicals  and once-use disposable items that are the most ghoulish things about Halloween.

At the end of the night, the landfill groans with plastic that will take hundreds of years to degrade, the streets are littered with sweet wrappers and children are stuffed to the eyeballs with chemicals and sugar. I’ve even seen plastic pumpkins in the shop – wtf??

Here are my tips for an eco friendly, green halloween.

Costumes

During my childhood, we made do with a white sheet over our heads with two holes cut out for our eyes! Why buy a nylon or polyester outfit for your kids? Why not make your own or buy second hand from a charity shop.

Make a witches hat from a cone of black paper which can be composted or recycled after use; it’s simple, quick and the kids can get involved.

Treats

Instead of buying cheap sweets to hand out, why not give less of better quality? Buy packs of organic sweets sweetened with fruit juice, hand out fruit leathers, small bags of dried fruit or squares of organic chocolate.

You could move away from edible treats altogether and make some apple faces to give away!

Food

There’s no need to splash out of garish iced cakes or processed food for halloween – nature provides all you could need. After carving out your pumpkins, add the flesh to soup and make scones. These are warming, delicious and good for you!

Ditch the disposables

Serve pumpkins in carved out mini pumpkins to save on washing up and no waste; just give the ‘dishes’ to the compost heap to eat! Use real cloth napkins, use a tablecloth and turn this into a feast for the eyes. Say no to balloons and use fabric bunting instead.

Personally we stay away from it altogether and use Halloween as a celebration of nature and an opportunity to remember and give thanks for the people we have loved who are no longer with us. 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!

What about you – do you celebrate halloween? How do you make it a green celebration?

3 Comments

  1. Mummy Zen on October 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Great tips here. Some people go crazy on buying elaborate Halloween costumes that their children wear for just one day, so I think your idea of making your own is a good one. I also like the pumpkin food suggestions – anything with pumpkin in it is delicious!



  2. Mrs Green on October 30, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    @Mummy Zen: Hi Mummy Zen; great to see you and welcome to the site! We don’t do much for Halloween at all, but I understand many people buy heaps of rubbish for that one day – it seems such a waste of resources and money to me! Especially as the true meaning of Samhain has been lost in amongst all the ghosts and ghouls….



  3. Stix on October 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Interesting read – we don’t go mad for Halloween, but this year will be taking the children trick or treating to a few (pre-arranged) friends houses for the first time.
    They have got costumes to wear, but I got them off of Freegle, and will put them back on there when mine have outgrown them for someone else to make use of.
    And the only special food I’ll make will be a few halloween decorated cupcakes. Otherwise it’ll be spicy roasted pumpkin soup for us…



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