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With Back to School season fading into the distance, it’s that time of year to start talking about green Halloween ideas.
Yes, I said it, Halloween. A lot of folks may be wondering how we handle coming up with green Halloween ideas or eco-friendly options for this holiday. I have talked about eco-friendly candy in the past, but now as Tomato has reached an age where trick or treating starts to have meaning, I have more to share. I’ll be doing a bigger post on thrift store costumes later in the month, so be sure to pop back. But, for now, let’s talk about the basic green Halloween ideas.
1. Organic/Fair Trade/non-GMO candies and chocolates.
From a green standpoint, individually wrapped items are not part of the green Halloween ideas world, but safety must come first on Halloween. Therefore, these tasty treat options are great to give out to Trick or Treaters in the neighborhood.
Pictured above are Unreal Candy. They are a non-GMO candy and have no artificial ingredients. They are found in many different stores, including Target, Wegmans, Stop & Shop and Big Y. Next are the Endangered Species Chimp Mints. Endangered Species chocolates are organic and proceeds benefit wildlife preservation efforts. Finally, we have the YummyEarth Organic Gummy Bears that provide an allergy friendly option.
2. Reusable Trick or Treat Bags
Sesame Street Kids Reusable Shopping Bag Cookie Monster – $14.95
from: Abe’s Market
I am a big fan of the old school pillow case option, but if you want a sturdy reusable bag for year after year, Abe’s Market has some great options. For the little ones, these Sesame Street ones are cute and can easily transfer into imaginative play bags for setting up a supermarket at your home.
Closet diving and dress up clothing raiding are great ways to come up with easy costumes and reusing what you already have is very green. Thrift stores or hand me downs are great resources for gently used, low cost costume sets or great places to brainstorm pieces of costumes. I’ll be bringing you more on these in the near future as we venture to a local consignment shop to see what we can find for Tomato’s costume this year.
4. Flashlights with LEDs
For neighborhoods that allow trick-or-treating after dark, there are some green Halloween ideas for staying safe. Choosing a light colored costume is a good first step, but giving kids or the adults who are supervising them LED flashlights can help too.
5. Reusable Water Bottles
Stay hydrated while walking around and bring along a glass reusable bottle like these Lifefactory ones. The silicone covers are good protection if they are dropped. I love that they now have the sport tops that make it easy to grab and go.
I’m looking forward to the excitement of the holiday now that Tomato comprehends it more. I’ll be back soon with thrift shop costume tips and if you are in the Philly area, I’ll be giving a workshop on them at Impact Thrift in Hatboro on October 12th at 1 pm.
How are you trying to go green this Halloween?