There’s no holiday quite like Halloween, but amidst all the fun and games, this spooky day tends to encourage wastefulness and over-consumption. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to have your fun – without that fun being at the expense of the environment. Keep reading for five simple tips for having a greener Halloween.

 

Host a Costume Swap 

Costume swapping is a fantastic way to save money while simultaneously expanding your costume options.  It’s also a great excuse to get together with friends and family.  

 

Choose Your Candy Wisely 

It’s no secret that the individually wrapped candies and chocolates that dominate the holiday are unhealthy for your kids and are responsible for an awful lot of waste. If you can, opt to make your own candy this year – if that’s not an option, look for candy that’s organic, non-GMO, and made with natural ingredients rather than artificial dyes and synthetic preservatives. 

 

Upcycle Your Treat Bag 

Rather than purchasing a brand new thematic treat bag or basket for your kids, why not challenge them to upcycle one using items around the house. Think: a sand pail, an old purse, or even a paper shopping bag decorating with stickers and markers. 

 

DIY Your Decorations 

Though it may be tempting to bulk-buy ready-made decorations from the dollar store, an eco-friendly alternative is to simply DIY your own using recyclable items from around your home. Need some inspiration? Check out our article, Six Spooky Ways to DIY a Ghost.

 

Walk Rather Than Drive 

One element of Halloween that we absolutely love is that it’s a holiday known for foot traffic rather than road traffic. In keeping with the spirit of eco-friendless, opt to trick-or-treat close to home this year and forgo any unnecessary driving.   

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter: @zakkassam

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