Halloween should be scary, but not for the environment—this year, start treating the earth to a “green” Halloween. 

Once your little ghouls and goblins have hung up their treat bags for another year, try using variations on the tips below for other, not-so-scary holidays.

Costumes

Costumes

Reuse: Wear a costume from last year, or swap old costumes with a friend or neighbor.

Repurpose: Create a new, unique costume from things you have at home or from your local thrift store.

Candy Bag

Candy Bag

Reuse: Buy a reusable bag to carry your candy this year and next.

Repurpose: Decorate an old pillowcase into a proper Halloween bag for your child to carry for years.

Treats

Treats

Shop locally: Find a local candy store that specializes in handmade treats.

Raise awareness: Hand out fair-trade chocolate from Global Exchange to satisfy sweet tooths while supporting ethical farming practices.

Halloween Party

Halloween Party

Shop locally: Buy locally grown food for your Halloween party.

Raise awareness: Avoid individually wrapped treats, and set a table with healthy, homemade goodies.

Decorations

Decorations

Repurpose: Find things from nature to decorate your home, or start an arts and crafts project with your kids to use things around the house to create scary Halloween decorations.

Reuse: Buy decorations that you can use year after year, and buy recyclable or recycled items when possible.

Lighting

Lighting

Reduce energyLow-voltage lighting provides an energy-efficient way to enjoy exterior lighting, save money, and reduce energy waste. For example, use LED lighting to transform the outside of your home into a spooky scene.

Reuse: Before recycling old milk jugs, draw ghostly faces on them to make decorations for your porch. Use energy-efficient lights to illuminate the ghost face you create.

For more ideas on how to go green, read our blog Go Green! Steps to Making Your House Green.

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