A Happy Green Halloween
From costumes to treats to parties, slip some eco-consciousness into the revelry this Halloween -- we bet you’ll find that going green can save you money.
- Use reusable canvas bags for trick-or-treating this Halloween. Decorate a bags using fabric markers or paints. Or re-use a paper grocery bag with handles – your child can customize it with with ghosts and ghouls galore.
- For lots of kids -- and many adults -- dressing up is at least half the fun. Arrange a costume swap with friends and neighbors, buy second-hand costumes, or get costume raw materials at a thrift store and get creative.
- Center for Environmental Health recommends avoiding vinyl masks and plastic/vinyl teeth. No need for poisonous plastics -- Halloween in scary enough as is.
The links below provide a variety of great ideas for trick-or-treating, parties and crafts that will keep the focus on fun:
- About.com's simple tips for greening your Halloween
- Green Halloween: healthier and more earth-friendly holidays
- Ecofabulous: Guide to a Chic and Green Halloween and
- National Costume Swap Day
Halloween Costume Swap at Oxford Elementary School, Berkeley, CA