Halloween is just around the corner and while being eco-friendly may already be part of your daily routine, Halloween is another great opportunity to come up with creative ideas to make the celebration a greener one.
Host a Costume Swap
Did you know that October 8th is National Costume Swap day? Give new life to costumes that would have otherwise been worn only once and then eventually thrown away. Here is a detailed how to about how to host your own costume swap.
Skip the candy?! Yes! Give out alternatives to sweets such as stickers, tattoos, crayons, pencils or erasers. If you still prefer sweets, how about giving out organic and/or fair trade treats. Some organic candy suggestions: Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops, Glee Gum or Surf Sweets Gummy Bear Packs (Note: Organic candy is not cheap, so if your house is a popular one on All Hallows' Eve, best to keep that in mind when deciding what to give out!)
Go Easy on the Decorations
Most store bought Halloween decorations are constructed out of cheap plastic materials that our landfills really don’t need. Again, get creative, all kids love making crafts. Here are some fun decoration projects that will keep the kids occupied and the results will help get your house ready for the festivities.
If you still want to buy your decorations, avoid plastic and look for decorations made from recycled and recyclable paper or those that you will keep to use over and over again and if you like to decorate with real pumpkins, buy from a local pumpkin patch. Don’t forget to compost or throw them in your green bin when they are ready to go.
Walk, Don’t Drive
As tempting as it may be to drive to a bigger neighbourhood or one with more participating homes, stay close to home and save on gas and emissions. Take a walk around your own neighbourhood, get some fresh air and a bit of exercise while you chaperone the kids.
Think of this as “pre-exercise” to make you feel semi-OK for all the candy you will be indulging in over the next few days!
After working for many years as a successful tech writer, Gwen decided to leave that world behind to become a stay-at-home mom to her two children. Soon after, she started paying more attention to what was in the products she brought into her home and realized that it was not all good. She stepped into action and educated herself on exactly what is safe, and what is not. Once she decided on the products she liked, she soon learned that it was no easy task to find these things in one convenient place so this was when she decided to open up an online eco-store. After all, she couldn’t be the only parent out there who had this problem, right?
After six very rewarding years of being a store owner and being immersed in the "green world," Gwen made the bittersweet decision to close down her popular online shop.
Gwen uses her educational background in Journalism and Computer Programming in the first business she started where she works as a writer and web-editor/content manager. She also writes on her own blog, Delightful Adventures, AND also happens to be YummymummyClub.ca's Sponsored Content Production Manager. She’s busy, right? But guess what? She loves every single thing she has her hands in and wouldn’t trade what she does for anything.