Thinking about a green Halloween? Green isn’t necessarily the color that comes to mind this time of year, but the thought of all those Halloween party products and excess waste may have you wondering how your family can enjoy the festivities without harming the environment. Lucky for us, there is a website dedicated to greener days called Green Halloween. Check out some top tips from Green Halloween for earth-friendly fun:
- It’s really not about the candy. Kids have fun when their parents get involved and have fun themselves. Part of being green is focusing on people instead of things, so try to reduce the amount of ‘things’ you incorporate into your Halloween and focus on fun.
- Make a big deal of your child’s costume – getting dressed, taking pictures, etc.
- Have a neighborhood party and forgo trick-or-treating all together. Ask your child’s school to consider making their Halloween celebration green as well.
- Have a charity-themed party. Instead of giving out prizes for games, allow children to pick from a list of charities and make a donation in their name.
- Have a Halloween gratitude party. Deliver handmade cards to your local farmer and take a tour of his/her field. Arrange beforehand for each child to bring a mini pumpkin home.
If your child collects candy:
- Invite the Halloween Fairy to come to your home. Tell your child a story, or use our book to talk about how the Halloween fairy turns candy into magic fairy dust and needs as much candy as she can get her hands on. Explain that if a child leaves his bag of candy outside, the fairy will gladly come to take the candy, and she will be so grateful for the help with her fairy-dust-making, she’ll leave in the candy’s place a special gift. Some parents make the exchange while their child is brushing their teeth, others wait until their child is asleep.
- Have a candy trade: let your kids trade their candy towards other little gifts or give them a “pumpkin point” for each piece of candy they collect. Use pumpkin points to “buy” a toy or do a special activity with your child.
- Let them choose a limited amount of candy to eat (for example, one piece for each year your child is old). In many cities, the leftover candy can be recycled and turned into compost! Just be sure to remove candy from its wrapper first.
- Show your Green by displaying your own Green Halloween sign and ask your Green Halloween neighbors to do the same. Turn looking for the signs into a hunt for treasures.
- Give kids a full, healthy meal before they go out trick-or-treating so they are not hungry.
- Talk to your kids about what is in candy and why it is not healthy. Ask them to come up with creative, kid and Earth-friendly alternatives that your own family can hand out