It’s that time of year again. Halloween brings joy to us all as an excuse to get together with friends and family and have a little fun. The holiday is not known for being especially “green” however. This year, let’s make it different.
Here are a few tips on how we can each make Halloween a little less scary for the environment:
1. Walk when trick-or-treating
- There seems to be an increasing amount of families commuting to different neighborhoods to go trick-or-treating these days. I’ve even seen parents drive from house to house to avoid having to get out of the car while keeping an eye on the kids. The idling of vehicles emits a large amount of CO2 through exhaust fumes. Avoid this by staying local and leaving the car at home.
2. Give out environmentally friendly treats
- We all know halloween candy isn’t all that environmentally sound. This year try giving out treats that won’t create as big of an impact. YummyEarth does a range of organic lollipops that are bound to keep the kids happy. Choosing chocolate wrapped in foil is also a great idea as it reduces the amount of plastic use and manufacturing required.
3. Compost your scraps
- Pumpkin is full of nutrients so instead of letting your Jack-o-lantern rot on your front door step, add it to a composting pile. Mixing the pumpkin in with autumn leaves and other food scraps will create a concoction your garden will love.
4. Keep the neighborhood clean
- While trick-or-treating, encourage your children to keep all opened candy wrappers in a reusable bag. This will reduce the amount of trash on the streets that could fly away and end up in environmentally sensitive areas.
5. Gather treats in reusable bags
- Probably the most obvious of idea on the list. Give your children reusable buckets or bags to stow their candy in. Pillow cases work great for this as well!
There are many ways we can all make a difference this Halloween. Be part of the movement!