Boo! It’s almost Halloween!
Halloween might just be the kid-friendliest of all holidays. I recall loving Halloween as a child —what could be better than free candy? What’s more, I loved wearing costumes on Halloween, and the creative role-playing they spark. There’s something about Halloween that’s just pure fun. As an adult, I feel that Halloween brings out the kid in me again.
After Halloween was “called off” last year, everyone is eager to celebrate this year. Below are a few small tips to reduce waste and have a spook-tacular Halloween:
Organize a kids costume swap! It’s not too late! The best way to keep stuff out of landfills is to find a way to reuse them. Get together with a bunch of friends and swap last year’s costumes Every kid gets to enjoy a new costume and there’s no waste.
Need a last-minute costume? Head to a thrift shop and scare up a costume there. Lots of inspiration awaits.
Don’t buy new non-recyclable, plastic-pumpkin, candy totes. Instead, go green with an old pillowcase or double up some paper grocery bags. Both can be decorated — now you have a pre-trick-or-treat activity and a candy tote. You’ve just helped the environment, and you don’t have to store that plastic pumpkin in your garage all summer long.
Tap into your inner make-up artist — forget the non-recyclable costume masks and instead use kid-friendly make-up. It’s also easier for little kids to see when their vision is not obstructed by a costume mask. That means make-up is safer for kids and the environment.
Make the most of your pumpkin— when making Jack-O-Lanterns as a kid, I loved squishing the gooey slimy insides between my fingers. It might just be the original, natural slime! But that’s not all, the pumpkin seeds can be toasted for a snack! Check out how easy it is!
Most of all have a happy, safe Halloween!
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