Go Green this Halloween with our EEK-O-Friendly Tips!
In just a week, the trick-or-treaters will be out but celebrating Halloween doesn’t have to be a bellyache (unless you eat all that candy!). This year, why not swap one of your traditions for something a little more eco-friendly, say making your own decorations or mixing up some homemade face paint? Here are 10 ways to green your Halloween:
- Buy local pumpkins! Find a local farm here.
- A trip to your yard or the farmers market will provide everything you need to dress up your house for Halloween: leaves and branches, hay bales, gourds, pumpkins, mums, dried flowers.
- Don’t dump those pumpkin seeds after carving! Clean, salt and roast them for a real treat.
- Have an old pair of stockings with runs in them? They make great spider webs!
- Organize a costume swap with friends, parents in your neighbourhood or at school
- Light your pumpkins with beeswax candles or soy waxes which last longer and come from renewable crops, or try using glow in the dark paint.
- Make face paints free from heavy metals at home. Here’s a great tutorial.
- Turn out the lights and save some green. Light candles instead and enjoy your jack-o-lanterns.
- Compost the gourd – Compost those old jack-o-lanterns, food scraps and fallen leaves for great soil next spring. If you don’t have your own compost pile, look for local pumpkin recycling.
- Next year try growing your own pumpkins in the backyard for an especially Green Halloween!