How to Green Your Halloween

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It’s that time of year again — time for ghoulish Jack-O-Lanterns, creepy decorations, and frightening costumes. It’s Halloween!

Halloween is filled with a lot of treats and hopefully not many tricks, but there’s always room for a little more green in your Halloween. Don’t worry — I’m not suggesting foregoing the candy and costumes, but we can all make a few small changes that will make this holiday a bit greener and friendlier for our planet.

Use a Reusable Bag for Treats

It’s time to move away from the plastic Jack-O-Lantern for collecting candy. There are so many great reusable bags out there with ghoulishly good holiday designs. Let your child pick their favorite and use it year after year. Another simple reusable option is using a pillow case for candy collection.

Hand Out Healthier Treats

The thrill of the hunt is what Halloween is all about. Thankfully most kids don’t end up eating all their candy. Why not stand out and hand out candy that is unique and perhaps a bit healthier? Read the labels and find a healthier option for those neighborhood kids. They’ll thank you in the long run.

Go Green and Swap this Halloween

Join in a local swap and find the perfect costume for your little one. There will be costume swaps taking place all over the country. It’s your chance to bring your slightly used Harry Potter costume and trade it in for that much needed banana outfit. Swapping half the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equal to the weight of 2,500 midsize cars! Costume swaps can be a lot of fun and are a great way to kick off the Green Halloween® season. If you’re crafty how about making your own green Halloween costumes?! DIY is the greenest option of them all.

Trick or Treat for a Cause

Keep the treats coming-but why not add a worthy cause to your candy collection? There are plenty of organizations that could use a little help. Halloween could become a perfect opportunity to teach about giving more than just candy to others.

Happy Halloween!

Lori is Manilla’s green-living expert. Read more about living a green and clean life on Lori’s blog, Groovy Green Livin, or on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+ or LinkedIn

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