Be Environmentally Conscious this Halloween

Looking to green your Halloween?
While I am not a big fan of the term “greening,” there are many ways that you and/or your family can be environmentally conscious and still have a spectacular (or perhaps, spooktacular?) Halloween.
Children are incredibly creative. If you have ever let your child pick out his/her own outfit for school, I am sure you can attest to this. So why not foster this creativity at Halloween and let your child make at least part of his/her costume? This will prevent Halloween becoming unnecessarily wasteful, save money you would otherwise spend on a ready-made costume, allow you to produce something eco-friendly and even add another exciting element to the festivities for your child and yourself!
This can be daunting especially for those of us who are not wizards when it comes to sewing or anything really crafty for that matter but it does not have to be.
Consider the following tips:
          – Chances are, whether you are making a costume or part of a costume for yourself or your child,   part of it can already be found in the closet! Use existing clothing as the base for Halloween costumes. For example, black leggings and a black top are a solid place to start for many costumes.
          – Make or invest in props that can be used by you and/or your children over the years. Take a red cape, for instance. Already you have a piece that can be used for vampire costume, a super hero costume and even a little red riding hood costume.
          – Reuse old costumes. For instance, if you or your child dance or are in plays then you likely have a stash of props and costumes somewhere in your house. Start altering these pieces and use them for Halloween. At the very least, there may be some props that you can use.
          – If you are going to purchase a mask, ensure it is made of natural latex and not PVC. Among other things, PVC is a non-recyclable plastic.
          – Hit up a thrift store. You never know what you will find.
          – Use materials you already have that can simply be recycled after the festivities (i.e. cardboard, cardboard boxes and paper).
          – Use face paint. When purchasing it, be cautious that it is water-based, non-toxic and hypoallergenic.
          – Are you too busy to go the homemade costume route? Try a costume swap!
          – Homemade decorations. Instead of purchasing plastic decorations from the typical retail stores, get crafty and make your own out of recyclable materials including paper, cardboard, aluminum foil and juice cartons. Decorating with nature is always an excellent option as well!

          – Do you really need a store bought candy bucket? If Halloween is anything like it was when I was younger, those things fill up way too fast anyways and you’re quickly looking for a place to empty it out so that you can continue running around the neighbourhood. My suggestion? Do what I always did and use an old pillow case!

          – Eat you’re pumpkin seeds! This, of course, assuming that you are carving a pumpkin.
Do you have your own tips or a brilliant Halloween costume idea you have to share?

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