It is easy being “green” on Halloween. Just make choices that are people-healthy, animal-friendly and Earth-conscious. All you need is time to plan ahead and some creative thinking:
- When it comes to costumes and décor—reuse, borrow, trade, purchase used or do-it-yourself. Resale shops can be a great resource for costume materials.
- If you’re giving a party, use reusable napkins, plates, cups, tablecloths and other décor.
- Treat bags can be anything! For extra fun, match the bag to the costume using something you already own. Here are some ideas: pillowcases, purses, flower pots (cover the hole), cloth sacks, backpacks, lunchboxes.
- Walk from house to house instead of driving.
- Compost pumpkins and any other food.
- Collect candy wrappers and help your kids turn them into gift items like purses, bracelets and picture frames.
- Avoid purchasing any treats made with palm oil.
- Charities (and dentists) will sometimes collect unwanted candy for donation. The City will be collecting Halloween candy for Treats for Troops at the War Memorial Circle behind City Hall (1000 Commonwealth Ave. , Newton) on Saturday, November 2 from 11am-2pm.
Check out www.GreenHalloween.org often for hundreds of fun, fresh ideas.