Orange and black are always going to be the official colours of Halloween, but there are ways to inject a bit of green into the day. Here are some ways for you and the trick-or-treaters in your life to reduce your eco footprints on Halloween.
Costumes and make up:
- Avoid costumes made with plastic. Most of them cannot be recycled.
- Embrace thrift store shopping and look at places like Value Village for all of the items you’ll need for your costume.
- When it comes to makeup and hair colour, use organic and natural products.
Goodies and candies:
- For chocolate purists, shop locally at your favourite chocolatier or opt for fair trade chocolates that you can find in town or online.
- As a healthy alternative, opt for organic, natural treats.
- Instead of giving your kids a plastic bag for their treats, use a reusable sack or even a pillow case. Have fun decorating them with non-toxic paints to add some flare to them, as well as reflective items for extra safety.
- Head to a local farm to pick out your pumpkin, and when you’re cleaning it out for carving, don’t let the seeds go to waste.
- Try thrift stores like Value Village for used decorations, or be sure to buy Halloween decorations that you are sure to re-use year after year.
- Candles are a tradition on Halloween, but opt for an option like soy candles vs inexpensive varieties that release a lot of chemicals.
And last but not least, Happy Halloween!