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10 Ways to Green Your Halloween

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10 Ways to Green Your Halloween

Want to get on board with making Halloween healthier for kids and the planet but don’t know where to start? Green Halloween™ has 10 easy ideas that will help you celebrate an EEK-O fab holiday while keeping all the F-U-N.

Get a jump start. Unless you’re a Halloween junkie, like most moms, you likely hit the stores the week (or even hour) before the festivities begin. But greening your Halloween is a lot easier if you take just a little time to plan.  Not too much, just a bit – we promise.

Planning allows you to save money (last minute purchases = impulse buys) and to assemble eco-friendlier items from treats or treasures to décor without the stress that comes from last-minute decision making.

So grab a notebook and make a list of what you need. Do you want to hand out organic candy? Have your kids make their own costumes from what you’ve got on hand, or even second hand? Whip up your own face paints to avoid chemicals in commercial brands? Honestly, none of this takes much time when you plan ahead.

Get the kids on board. The second secret to pulling off a green Halloween is to get kids to buy in – by your positive attitude. Children who are told out of the blue, “We’re not going to buy you a new costume this year,” or “No candy for you!” certainly won’t be interested in supporting green efforts.

You know your children best, but a great way to approach them is by selecting one or two ideas from the list below and asking, “What would you think if….” You may be surprised that when you approach from a positive framework, i.e.” This is going to be a lot of fun and we’re going to make it happen together”—most children will get excited.

Once you’re got your shopping list and your kids enlisted, it’s time to carve out your eco-friendly options.

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1:26PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

thanks!

5:10PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Good reason to raid the closet and the rest of the house! i do so all the time to conjure up decors and costumes and what ever else pops into my head. i rather be involved with creating the costumes with my children instead of buying a cheaply made costume. The time and effort is a lasting memory. By putting my own time and effort into the kids shows them that I acknowledge them and they are important as well. makes them feel good.

12:38PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

I wish there were more organic candies out there!

1:05PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Good ideas! A pre-Halloween "swap" party would be cool - decorations, costumes, etc... Your old could becomes someones "new". ;)

5:51AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Thanks for sharing. I like the idea of having a costume swap!

10:37AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

All great ideas!

6:39PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Thanks.

11:21AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Viva Halloween :o)

9:30AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

10:55AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Thanks!

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