Well, everything's going "green," is it not? So why not that great children's tradition of Halloween? Personally, I'd settle for less candy and more tricks, but then I've always been in the minority.
From greenoptions about Halloween [image from greenoptions.org]
Getting your little ghosts and goblins ready for Halloween while attempting to minimize your impact might seem scarier than global warming, but it’s so simple: you’re probably already doing at least one of these things.
- Use reusable candy-collecting bags. .
- Handing out treats for trick-or-treaters?
- Don’t drive your kids around.
- DIY your costumes.
- Use trick-or-treating as an opportunity for stewardship.
For some environmentally friendly Halloween fun, get your kids involved in the World Wildlife Fund's online pumpkin carving contest.
Carving this year's pumpkin(s) using wildlife-themed stencils will allow you to teach your child about endangered species and foreign habitats. If you post pictures of your kids' creations by October 29, you'll even have a chance to win the online competition!
And how about this one from energywatch:
- If your little ‘horrors’ are dressing up for a Halloween party or to go trick-or-treating, try to avoid throw-away costumes or ones which they will grow out of before next year. Instead, make your own from old clothes, try charity shops, look on Ebay for second hand items or hire a costume.
- For trick-or-treating, use a re-usable container for the treats such as a cloth bag, decorated lunch box or upside down hat.
- If you are expecting some little visitors to your door, stock up on goodies which don’t come in lots of packaging (and preferably aren’t too unhealthy).