Make Your Halloween GREEN!

Happy HallowGREEN?

Well, why not! 

Halloween ranks third among annual occasions that prompt parties in the United States, behind Christmas and New Year’s Eve. If you are one of the millions who plan to host or even attend a party, perhaps you might consider some simple ways to make the holiday more eco-friendly!

While Halloween traditionally incites pranksters, there are ways to ensure that an irreversible one isn’t being played on the environment. Making just a few adjustments to the festivities can make a difference without sacrificing fun or atmosphere.

If you’re hosting a party, consider sending invitations via the Internet, using Facebook or other sites that specialize in the creation and delivery of e-vites. It’s easy to do and the service is offered at no charge. Alternatively,  make your own traditional invitations using your computer or recycled greeting cards and magazines.

There are numbers (upon numbers) of Halloween decorations available but, fortunately, this holiday affords ample opportunity to forgo endless variations in plastic in favor of pumpkins, squash and gourds.  Scarecrows, ghosts, and other holiday appropriate decor can readily be created using materials already on hand. Use dried leaves, acorns and twigs as components of table centerpieces or scattered about to add to overall ambience.

You can also try plan a menu that incorporates as many locally grown items as you can. In addition, use paper plates and cups that are made from recycled paper instead of their plastic, and typically more expensive, counterparts.

If you aren’t hosting a party but plan to attend one, consider putting a costume together with clothing or materials you already have at home. If that’s not possible, try a local second-hand shop or Goodwill store. An increasing number of retailers  sell costumes that have been made using recycled materials, an alternative for those who don’t have the time or inclination to make a costume and would prefer one that’s ready-made. If you do buy a costume, keep it for use again in subsequent years, saving both money and resources.

Non-party-goers can do their part, too.  Buy trick-or-treat candy in bulk, reducing the amount of packaging that’s involved and the corresponding carbon footprint that it leaves behind. 

Whatever your plans for the day, have a safe and enjoyable holiday, resting comfortably in the knowledge that you’ve done your part to preserve resources and divert whatever little bit from a landfill!  Happy HallowGreen!

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