How to “Green” Your Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner. While most of us know that ghosts and ghouls aren’t real, other things, like pollution, litter, and waste, are downright scary! To keep our planet from looking like a haunted house during this holiday, why not “green” your Halloween? If you’re wondering how to have a more earth-friendly spookfest, never fear—Carolina Fibre is here with some scary good suggestions.
Host a pre-Halloween costume swap.
If you’ve got little ones in the house, chances are they’ve already outgrown last year’s costume. Instead of tossing last season’s outfits and heading to the store for new ones, why not host a costume swap with friends and neighbors? This is a great way to give old costumes a new life. Plus one child’s trash is another child’s treasure!
Compost your pumpkins.
After you’ve carved your pumpkin, toasted the seeds for a healthy snack, and admired its spooky glow on your front porch, you can reward it for all the fun and joy it brought you by returning it to nature. Toss it onto your compost pile, fill it with seeds and turn into a “pumpkin feeder,” plant the seeds for next year’s harvest, or simply leave it in pieces in the corner of the yard and let the local wildlife take care of it. These options are all much better than tossing it into a plastic trash bag!
When it comes to candy, go for the good stuff.
Don’t worry, we’re not going to suggest you hand out apples and bananas to your poor, unsuspecting trick-or-treaters—this is a holiday, after all! However, we have to face the facts. During Halloween, the average American will spend $77.52 on candy, costumes, and decorations. Make sure at least some of those dollars are going toward organic, fair-trade chocolates and treats. While it might cost a bit more, knowing your money is helping sustainable and responsible farmers is worth it.
Decorate with all natural products.
Halloween occurs during the harvest season, so it’s not too difficult to think outside the box and decorate your house and yard with all natural décor. Think bales of hay, scarecrows stuffed with straw, organic pumpkins, gourds, and swaying ghosts made from old bed sheets. With a little imagination, you’ll be able to have a frightfully good time while keeping your festivities environmentally friendly.
We hope these tips help you have the greenest Halloween ever! For more tips on how to keep the planet healthy and happy, follow Carolina Fibre Corporation on Facebook and let us know—what’s your best idea for a green Halloween?