Want to go green for Halloween but don’t know where to start? Then, you’ve reached the right place.
I’ve felt the same way for years, and opted to stop giving out candy laden with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and artificial dyes for non-candy items like pencils and mini notepads. I’ve even donated old costumes to friends or reused costumes between my three boys. But beyond that, I didn’t know there were other ways to go green for Halloween.
So I was excited to find Green Halloween - a non-profit organization founded by Corey Colwell-Lipson who wanted to find eco-friendly alternatives to sugary candy for trick-or-treaters. The first Green Halloween launched in 2007 in Washington, and by 2008 it grew to a few other major cities. Now Green Halloween can be started in any city or neighborhood by parents who want to host a Green Halloween party.
Now Green Halloween offers a lot of tips for parents, kids and schools – as well information on events in cities across the US. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Costumes – make an eco-friendly costume or attend a costume swap to save money and the environment.
- Treats – green alternatives to sugary candy, including eco snacks and non-food treats
- Energy conservation – opt for these energy-saving tips for Halloween instead of running lights or props all night long
- Candy swap – tips for swapping out your kids’ trick-or-treating booty for healthier alternatives
What’s your favorite way to go green for Halloween?