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Five Super-Simple Steps to Green Trick-or-Treating

Five Super-Simple Steps to Green Trick-or-Treating

Getting your little ghosts and goblins ready for Halloween while attempting to minimize your impact might seem scarier than global warming, but it’s so simple: you’re probably already doing at least one of these things.

  1. Use reusable candy-collecting bags. This is simple, easy, and ensures that your large stash of candy won’t end up all over the street from a less-than-durable plastic bag. Avoid those plastic pumpkins, too. They’re made of petroleum, and you can only use them once a year.
  2. Handing out treats for trick-or-treaters? They’ll get enough conventional candy from your other neighbors. Try healthier alternatives (for both kids and the planet) like honey sticks, fruit leather, granola bars, organic chocolate, or boxes of raisins. Avoid food altogether and give pencils, erasers, mini toothpastes, soy crayons, or stickers. (If you’re stuck on candy, find out some healthy variations here or chose socially responsible fair-trade chocolate.)
  3. Don’t drive your kids around. I’m amazed at how many kids’ parents (even in Missouri’s mild October weather) drive them around the neighborhood. Part of the fun of trick or treating when I was young was the thrill of walking around the neighborhood at night. Save the gas and get your fill of the night air.
  4. DIY your costumes. Avoid the plastic and vinyl monstrosities at the discount store and create your own costume from things at your house or secondhand stores. Your costumes will cost less, look better, and your kid won’t be one of seventeen Dora the Explorers or Thomas the Tank Engines you run into.
  5. Use trick-or-treating as an opportunity for stewardship. After trick or treating, bring a separate bag for your kids to pick up the inevitable candy wrappers left by less-savvy munchkins.

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By Kelli Best-Oliver, Green Options

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3:14AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

One year, I tried giving out small toys for Halloween. You could actually watch the smile on the kids' faces change to frowns. I didn't do that again!!

3:05PM PDT on Oct 10, 2010

IMHO when kids are old enough to judge freely given treats, they're old enough to stop being trick 0r treaters. There are other things to do - like make costumes for younger kids, set up decorations, collect for UNICEF.

8:33PM PDT on Aug 31, 2010

Caralien, agreed! No kid likes the guy who gives out pencils or apples. Fruit leather and granola bars... maybe, or get the organic fair trade candy if you're really worried about it but no freaking erasers. One night of candy freakout isn't going to ruin anybody.

12:40PM PST on Mar 5, 2010

good ideas there.

4:47PM PST on Feb 17, 2010

great post

9:44AM PDT on Oct 29, 2009

Caralien- That is a great point!
I have been thinking of that a lot the last week and I am glad you settled my conscience.
At home we don't even drink juice, it's gross to see little kids with massive bags of sugar and chemicals.
But you're right.. oooh well

7:25AM PDT on Oct 29, 2009

To anyone thinking of giving anything BUT candy to kids, remember when you were a child trick or treating--did you appreciate pens, pencils, raisins, or fruit (or did you toss it immediately after begrudgingly saying "thanks")? That's up there with stealing the candy from the kids and tossing it because you don't want them eating sugar (in essence, what's the point?)

If you don't want candy for the kids, either don't participate or host a party with healthier alternatives. But please don't damage the booty for the children. They're only kids once and have a lifetime of healthy eating that won't be undone once a year.

7:07AM PDT on Oct 29, 2009

I just did a similar post at my blog on allergies and trick or treating. There are so many ways of having fun on Halloween with a little creativity for sure! Our son has food allergies, which he is so much better now from taking his Bellyboost probiotic, but we still have to be very careful of a few serious food allergies. It is always nice to read articles on how to celebrate holidays in a healthy manner for us and our planet.

9:26PM PDT on Oct 28, 2009

You have got a great concept. Its shows your creativity and unique skill. People today don't think of the impact that they will have in future as a outcome what they are doing today. Thanks for this beautiful write.


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I'll be traveling soon enough so thanks for this one!

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