Easy Tips to Green Your Halloween

Posted by fareed shakir on May 9th, 2019

Halloween must certanly be scary for the best reasons. Nevertheless the waste generated by this celebration is altogether a different cause for fright. The store-bought costumes, individually wrapped treats, toxic glow sticks and spider web sprays, and disposable decorations made of plastic and vinyl, to call a few Halloween staples, make this holiday a landfill's nightmare! Here certainly are a few easy tips to green your Halloween so you can reduce waste, protect your child's health with non-toxic products, and leave a less spooky ecological footprint.

1. Make a costume and win big for creativity and uniqueness

Many store-bought costumes are manufactured with heavily-processed materials and plastics, and are often only worn for starters night. Vinyl (a.k.a.the poison plastic) is often incorporated into store bought costumes. Instead, try brainstorming for ways to create a costume from homemade materials. This can also enable a far more creative character and costume such as a vampire jack-in-the-box, a'random'character, and a tooth fairy ghost. The imagination can run wild with scissors, fabric and a cardboard box!

2. Choose candies which are healthier and/or wrapped in recyclable or biodegradable packaging

There's little doubt that the Halloween garbage pile of wrappers, chip bags and plastics hasn't evolved much through the decades, despite our growing green conscience. To lessen your part in this year's Halloween waste pile, try finding treats, such as Smarties, which can be packaged in cardboard or other recyclable materials. Or, if you'd choose to skip the treats altogether, you will want to offer your trick-or-treaters a treasure? Stickers, international coins, gemstones, sea shells, hockey cards, tattoos, colored dice, and other small items may prove to be an originality, and solve the packaging problem.

If you're a traditionalist and still want to offer candies, there are many healthier choices on the market (not including the aptly named, Toxic Waste candies!). Search for candies that are organic or which are sweetened with fruit juice and don't have any preservatives, such as fruit strips and rolls, organic crispy rice bars, other healthy snack bars, honey sticks or sesame snaps.

3. Use non-toxic products for make-up and hairsprays

To avoid the heavy metals and other harmful things that is found in Halloween make-up, try making your personal face paints and hair dyes. Kool Aid crystals can do a wonderful job of temporarily streaking hair bright colors, no toxic spray needed!

In terms of face paints and fake blood, check caelusgreenroom.com because of their easy recipe suggestions. A little bit of cornstarch, food coloring, corn syrup and liquid dish soap is whatever you will have to transform your little ones right into a princess or pirate. Precision Dice

4. Use natural decorations

Dollar store decorations literally litter the neighborhoods of North America on Halloween night. For a more natural exterior décor, consider decorating with nature. Haystacks, dried corn arrangements, cornstalks, scarecrows, and needless to say jack-o-lanterns make an enticing Halloween outdoor décor. For a weird interior, try a black light, black gauze or cheesecloth webbing, and some downloaded Halloween tracks. A cackle or two wouldn't hurt either.

5. Stay safe minus the glow sticks

The must be seen on the streets after dusk has given rise to wasteful disposable glow sticks. This year, decide for reflector tape that may be re-used again and again, and hand-cranked or solar-powered flashlights.

Several conscious choices to utilize non-toxic and less wasteful products this Halloween really can help celebrate what go bump in the night time without adding more to this already high impact holiday.

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