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Your Guide to a Green Halloween


Halloween is quickly approaching, and before you know it, you'll be knee-deep in decor, costumes, candy wrappers and pumpkins. Here is a quick and simple guide to reducing your waste during this spooky season, so you don't have to fret over what not to do!

 Costumes

Whether you're a Halloween costume fanatic that must beat all rivaling neighbors or you're just looking to make something work for this year, finding the perfect get-up can be a pain. Here are some tips on costumes that will make it all less of a to-do

  • Homemade Costumes: You won't have to worry about "who wore it best" if you're in a one-of-a-kind costume. Take time out of your hectic schedule to gather friends and family and create a new look. Not only is it resourceful, but you will also promote it within your community.

Check out some ideas for easy costume designs here: https://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/easy-halloween-costumes-for-adults.html

  • Costume Swap: Don't have the time or creativity to make your costumes? Mark your calendars because the 2nd Saturday in October is National Swap Costumes Day. Host a get-together with friends, family, and coworkers and do a costumes swap. This gives you a chance to get some new to you Halloween items without spending a dime. 

Decorations

One of the most anticipated things to do in October is decorating, but before you prepare to drop a pretty dime on those pricey items, check out these tips.

  • Pumpkins: Nothing says Halloween more than jack-o-lanterns, but there's more you can do with that pumpkin to reduce your waste. When decorating your pumpkin choose carving over painting! Carving avoids toxins giving you the option to compost your pumpkin later! You can also save the insides and get crafty with some delicious snacks and drinks! 
  • LED lights: Saving energy is particularly difficult when you plan to keep your lights on all night. Opt for the more resourceful option by using LED Halloween lights. They are longer life span and use less energy, making them a go-to for an eco-friendly Halloween. Put your lights on a timer, and you're all set.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Decorations don't differ much between the years. Rather than throwing last year's items in the trash, reuse them. Practice sustainability and use around the house items to add extra flair. Check out this board for some cool ideas DIY decoration ideas.

Trick-or-Treating!

  • Reusable Bags: Plastic is one of the top contributors to pollution and waste, so instead of using plastic containers to collect your sweets, choose a more sustainable option like reusable bag! Make it fun by creating a project for the kids where they decorate their bags matching their cute little costumes!
  • Post Treat Trash Pick-up: Many times kids (and adults) can't wait to get home to eat their candy. The next morning the neighborhood might be riddle with candy wrappers. Do your part and keep your neighborhood beautiful by organizing or participating in a neighborhood trash pick-up!

​Not matter how you plan on spending your Halloween, taking a small step to reduce your waste can make a big difference. Visit our website for more helpful resources to keep you community clean and beautiful. Stay green and have a safe Halloween!

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