A few tips for a green Halloween (it doesn’t have to be ALL commercial!)

A producer / reporter from NPR’s WABE emailed me last week asking if she could do a quick phone interview with me about a green Halloween. Unfortunately, we didn’t end up connecting, but my mind started contemplating ways to have an eco-friendly Halloween. A few days later, I heard the green Halloween story on NPR’s Morning Edition on the radio on the way to work and I could see why we might have missed each other – Rose Scott, the reporter, found a woman who founded an organization solely to promote green Halloweens (as well as making every holiday a more environmentally-conscious affair).

What would you do to promote a more eco-friendly holiday? Below are a few of my thoughts…

  1. Buy local pumpkins
  2. Use resuable bags, pillow cases, etc. for trick or treating instead of plastic pumpkins. Even better, help your kids sew / glue together orange fabric andlet them draw their own pumpkin on it.
  3. Parents, please don’t drive your kids from neighborhood to neighborhood, waiting at the entrance while your kids maximize their candy collecting from house to house! Let them do it by foot (would that be considered the old fashioned way?). They’ll run faster if they want more candy. I did as a kid.
  4. Most children have some sort of costume trunk or box. You know, that one that may be rooted through regularly for dress-up adventures or only once a year for Halloween. Kids can mix and match with friends or change up parts of an outfit (so can grown-ups). Seriously, with the number of witch, goblin, and pumpkin outfits sold every year, you can’t tell me you don’t know someone with one of those outfits! And it’ll save you money, too.
  5. With a little online research for photos and a little shopper’s perseverance, you can often put together an original costume from thrift stores. You know, reduce, reuse, recycle, etc. 🙂

Corey Colwell-Lipson from the Green Halloween initiative suggested in her WABE interview buying costumes with sustainable fabrics, too, such as silk and organic cotton, wool, or burlap. Check out the interview here and feel free to leave your ideas for a green Halloween below!

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