The WHAT and WHY:
We are officially beginning the Holiday season by celebrating All Saints Day; that revered Celtic Samhain bonfire lighting, with costumes marking the last harvesting and the beginning of the winter.
According to the US Census Bureau, there will be an estimated 41.2 million trick-or-treaters in the US where there are potentially 115 million houses to choose from. Why not integrate sustainability concepts while the family has a great time!
So dress up, have a joyous evening and know that preserving a culture (Halloween started with the Celtics) defines who we are while preserving a tradition – that’s sustainability!
This week let’s practice a sustainable Halloween.
- Repurpose old sheets, shirts, pants and other items for costumes. Hold a costume swap or make a DIY costume, perhaps a trash costume or come as Mother Nature; find out how here. Or purchasing a used Halloween costume from a thrift, second-hand or consignment shop.
- Consider handing out treats from The Natural Candy Store, YoDrops (crunchable yogurt, always a hit!), or Yummy Earth. Or find other healthy alternatives here. Serve ethical sustainable treats or Fair Trade chocolate.
- Try cosmetics for the kids that are non-toxic and use tinted beeswax balm for color or non-toxic fingernail polish.
- Host a Halloween Party for the kids!
- Construct great Halloween decorations out of recycled materials you have collected throughout the year; or better yet, get the whole neighborhood together, share resources and create a themed block of scariness!
- Try the ghoulish Kaspa lamps or Jack-O-Lantern lights for decoration.
- Perform a terrablu charitable deed while you are out trick and treating: Treats for the Troops – collect treats for our troops overseas.
- Serve your party feast on verterra dinnerware.
- Play games like: Haunted Hybrid or try one of these 13 great party games!
- Consider donating your costumes on Nov. 1st, or hold a Halloween swap party. If you have a garden, why not up cycle the costumes into scarecrows!
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