What's black and orange and green all over? Eco-friendly Halloween
Jessica Muroff has always thought of herself as environmentally conscious, the type of person to reuse and recycle whenever possible. Then kids came along, and the 33-year-old Tampa mom of two became ashamed at the huge amount of waste brought on by holidays like Halloween.
“Before I had kids, you don't even think about the trash this creates and how much you spend on decorations, on costumes. It’s just the way we exploit holidays and it’s just gotten worse and worse,” Muroff said. “But we moms are resourceful by nature, and we find ways to support each other and reuse things.”
Halloween is scary enough without the lead paints and mountains of trash, so add Halloween to the targets of the green scene. A nationwide grassroots movement called Green Halloween is reaching beyond the crunchy crowd to invite the world to think eco-friendly when planning for Halloween.
Each child attending the party will get a recycled treat bag and get to trick or treat in the store’s multiple treat stations. The parents get giveaways too at the multiple vendor booths that will be set up.
Here are some tips on how to green up your Halloween:
• Instead of buying plastic buckets or disposable bags, use reusable treat buckets, cloth bags or that Charlie Brown favorite, the pillow case.
• Make your own costume with clothes found in your own closet, thrift store or garage sale. Set up a costume swap among friends to find something new to you.
• There is a growing variety of eco-friendly candy such as organic chocolate, candy, lollipops and crispy rice bars.
• If it’s packaging you want to avoid, but don’t want your house egged, think about giving out toys instead of candy. You can find playing cards, small packages of Lego sets, minipuzzles, toy cars, a Slinky or modeling clay.
• Park the car, and go trick or treating on foot.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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