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Guest Post: Turn Halloween from Black and Orange to Green

October 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Family, Featured Posts, Green Living, Guest Posts

index pumpWhile the traditional colors of Halloween are black and orange, it doesn’t hurt to sprinkle in some green this month nationwide.

There are a variety of ways that Americans can celebrate Halloween with or without their families and still do some good for the environment.

According to The American Retailers Association, Americans could spend around $67 each on Halloween items this year, much of which goes toward disposable costumes, individually-wrapped candy and decorations. At the end of the day, much of that amount isn’t put towards eco-friendly purchases.

If your Halloween plans include several different activities, stop for a few minutes and think about how you can make it a little greener along the way.

Among the different approaches to making Halloween a green occasion are:

  • Creating a costume from natural products – Along with helping the environment, individuals using natural products for their costumes can also save some money. The natural products can be put in play for things like facial designs and hairstyles, plus you’re avoiding for you and/or your children coming in contact with a number of costumes which were made via different chemicals. With makeup selections, look for those that are organic and natural, allowing you to avoid the well-known brands. If you’re using hair dye, find something that is eco-friendly given it will eventually go down the drain. Lastly, many such mass-made costumes are not eligible for recycling;
  • Turn the treats more eco-friendly – Assuming you will be handing out trick-or-treat candy and/or decorating your home, there are a number of ways to make it an eco-friendly experience. When handing out candy, give the kids some organic, natural goodies, therefore avoiding the high sugary items and their chemicals and preservatives. You can also visit with local farmers who offer farm-fresh, seasonal produce for you and your family to enjoy;
  • Check those pumpkins - Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without some pumpkins around your residence. That being said, that glowing pumpkin can certainly be eco-friendly. It is important when carving your jack-o-lantern to save the seeds, which can then be used for tasty treats for you and your family or as treats for the birds with winter around the corner;
  • Bag polluting the environment – For those not aware, using disposable and environmentally-unfriendly plastic or paper bags harms the environment. If your child is going to go out for trick-or-treat with bag/s in hand, make sure they are recyclable. Another option is to use a book bag that gets used over and over again or even a pillow case;
  • Get some exercise – Along with being good for your own health, take your kids around for trick-or-treat on foot, thereby leaving the gas guzzler and polluter (your vehicle) at home. If your kids are only going around the neighborhood for their goodies, by all means don’t drive them.


Halloween is one of those times of the year where not only kids can be kids, but adults can be too.

Make sure, however, that as the adult in the group, you are looking out for not only your kids but the environment too.

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Dave Thomas writes extensively for B2b lead generation online resource Resource Nation that provides expert advice on purchasing and outsourcing decisions for small business owners and entrepreneurs. He is an expert writer on items like lead generation and is based in San Diego, California.


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