How are you celebrating Halloween this year? What about going green? And no, that doesn’t mean dressing up as Kermit. Aside from what Kermit thinks, being green is easier than you think. There are lots of things you can do that will help protect our beautiful planet and you can have fun doing them. Growing organic pumpkins to carve and roast seeds from, using bags you all ready own as trick or treat bags but dressing them up with fun decorations, or swapping costumes with friends to reduce spending and waste. Our friends at Green Halloween® have lots of secrets like these and enjoy sharing good, green things.
Created by a mom looking for healthy Halloween alternatives, Green Halloween’s mission is to create a holiday that is a happy and healthy for our kids and our planet. It has become the go-to source for amazing “eek-o-friendly” ideas that are fun, healthy, affordable, and not-too-time consuming. Green Halloween has been inspiring parents, children, teachers, schools and other organizations to think healthier in their celebrations. Let them inspire you this year! Bring a green celebration to your home, neighborhood or school and create a movement of your own. The more people who take part, the merrier we and our planet will be. Below is a small sampling of ideas. Hundreds of additional ideas can be found at www.GreenHalloween.org and www.CelebrateGreen.net.
10 easy steps to making your Halloween eek-o-friendly
Courtesy of Green Halloween
- Plan ahead to avoid last-minute shopping which often limits your choices.
- When it comes to costumes and décor – reuse, borrow, trade, purchase used or do-it-yourself.
- Treat bags can be anything! For extra fun, match the bag to the costumes using something you all ready own. Here are some ideas: purses, flower pots (cover the hole), cloth sacks, backpacks, lunchboxes.
- Choose healthier treats Take baby steps with organic candy and honey sticks, two child-favored choices. (Honey is not for children under two years of age)
- Choose fun treasure instead of conventional sweets. Think of the treasures your child collects in her pockets – pretty rocks, feathers, etc.
- If you’re giving a party, avoid disposables including napkins, plates, cups, tablecloths and décor.
- Walk from house to house instead of driving.
- Compost pumpkins and any other food, including leftover candy.
- Collect candy wrappers and help your kids turn them into items like purses, bracelets and pictures frames. Find directions on the internet.
- Check out www.GreenHalloween.org often for fun, new ideas.
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Host a Green Halloween Party of your own!
In need of some suggestions for your Halloween gathering? Download our FREE Green Halloween Party Planning Guide. Surf Sweets and Green Halloween have created a useful and fun guide to planning Green Halloween parties. The downloadable booklet is full of ghoulishly great ways to Go Green this Halloween including party planning tips, activities and three delicious recipes that your family and friends are sure to love.
Is there a Green Halloween event in your town?
Green Halloween events are popping up across the nation. Surf Sweets is proud to partner in two exciting events in Chicago. Join us. Navigate the Spooky Trick-or-Treat trail, and pick up gobs of goodies along the way! There will be fun activities for the whole family, including:
- Spooky Trick-or-Treat Trail
- Live Entertainment
- Eco-Friendly Arts and Crafts
- Lot’s of other fun activities and great prizes
Date: Oct 10th
Time: 12pm-2pm CST
Location: Whole Foods Market, North Ave – Chicago
1550 N. Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Date: Oct 16th
Time: 12pm-2pm CST
Location:Whole Foods Market – Schaumburg
750 N. Martingale Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Find a Green Halloween event in your town, at www.GreenHalloween.org.