Celebrate a Green Halloween

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I don’t know about you, but at our house, Halloween has been a frequent topic of conversation for at least a few weeks already.  This is the first year my three-year-old has really been old enough to be an active participant, but boy, has she jumped on it.  So far, she has told us that she wants to be a scuba diver, a pirate, a pumpkin, Little Bo Peep, a Native American Indian, a ballerina, and a lion.  Hmmmm…I’m not sure how we’re going to narrow it down!

But I do know that we’ll do our best to “green” our Halloween celebration. There are many options out there for celebrating a green Halloween.  Here are a couple of resources to get started.

Costume Swap Day: October 9

Clothing swaps are becoming more and more popular; Nicole taught us how to organize a clothing exchange back in August.   So why not swap Halloween costumes?  GreenHalloween.org and Kiwi Magazine have partnered together to organize National Costume Swap Day, this Saturday, October 9.

When I was growing up, I never had a store-bought Halloween costume; it was always pulled together from repurposed and recycled materials.  Now, it’s common for parents to purchase costumes.   According to the National Costume Swap Day website, if just half of the costumes that children wear were swapped each year, it would save 6,250 tons of waste from going to landfills.

If you aren’t planning to make your costumes from repurposed materials, plan on participating in a costume swap on October 9.  You can find one in your local city here.  You can find an online swap here.  And if neither of those work for you, you can learn how to organize your own swap here.

GreenHalloween.org

In addition to National Costume Swap Day, GreenHalloween.org has many other resources available for those wanting to plan a healthy, eco-friendly Halloween.

There is a section for parents, a section for kids, and even a section for schoolsThere are tips on planning a green Halloween party, and ideas on how to spread the word to your friends and neighbors. You can find events that are planned for your city, and even get information on dental health and hygiene for those overly-sugared teeth.

Planning a green Halloween doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming.  I hope some of these links will help you out as you prepare to celebrate!

How are you planning to celebrate a green Halloween?

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About Katie

Katie loves to learn about natural living, and believes that caring for the earth and caring for yourself don't have to be mutually exclusive. She loves to help other people understand how they can both contribute to and benefit from a switch to a more natural and organic lifestyle. She is a stay-at-home mom and a native Texas girl, happily married to her best friend.

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  1. How funny! My Freecycle group just sent out an email this morning reminding us that a costume/Halloween swap was coming up. When we were kids, my sister and I usually shared costumes so that each costume got a few wears out of them. We were big into making our own costumes too. :)

  2. my son is wearing pajamas as a costume that he sleeps in regularly.

    and he wears them till he outgrows them and I either give them to a friend or donate all his used clothes to charity. I tried consignment shops but they were too picky and snooty so I’d rather just give it away.
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  3. Costume swap it is. Especially for the littlist kids. My friend has the toddler CUTEST fish costume that will be getting it’s 4th use this year – both her kids and both of mine. We’ve also had good luck picking up costumes from the kids consignment store.

  4. I’m piecing together some simple western costumes, starting with a vintage skirt/vest combo that was given to my daughter. :) Now I just need to find a pair of boots & a hat for her second-hand!
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  5. Franklin Goose will be hosting a Green Halloween Costume Swap on Saturday! All week come by the store (3401 W. Cary St, Richmond, VA) and bring the costumes you would like to swap. You will receive a “ticket” (actually an old business card we are using instead of throwing them away we will be using them for this and other purposes) for each costume donated to the swap. Then on Saturday, October 9th, at 10:00 you can come in, bringing your tickets and trade your ticket for a costume. For every ticket you have you can “purchase” a new to you costume from the stash. At 3:00 we will open up the costume area for anyone to come in and those without tickets can buy the costumes for a 5.00 donation to charity. All costumes left at the end of the day will also be donated to charity.
    This could be a great way to get a costume for your child, make some new friends, and socialize with like minded greenies!It is also a great opportunity to teach your children about reusing, and about celebrating the holidays without being wasteful.
    We will also have some great costume ideas you can make by using clothes that can be worn all year round so even if you don’t have a costume, come by, check out the decorations and show your support for the National Costume Swap!

    http://www.zvents.com/richmond-va/events/show/147333645-green-halloween-costume-swap

  6. Franklin Goose will be hosting a Green Halloween Costume Swap on Saturday! All week come by the store (3401 W. Cary St, Richmond, VA) and bring the costumes you would like to swap. You will receive a “ticket” (actually an old business card we are using instead of throwing them away we will be using them for this and other purposes) for each costume donated to the swap. Then on Saturday, October 9th, at 10:00 you can come in, bringing your tickets and trade your ticket for a costume. For every ticket you have you can “purchase” a new to you costume from the stash. At 3:00 we will open up the costume area for anyone to come in and those without tickets can buy the costumes for a 5.00 donation to charity. All costumes left at the end of the day will also be donated to charity.
    This could be a great way to get a costume for your child, make some new friends, and socialize with like minded greenies!It is also a great opportunity to teach your children about reusing, and about celebrating the holidays without being wasteful.
    We will also have some great costume ideas you can make by using clothes that can be worn all year round so even if you don’t have a costume, come by, check out the decorations and show your support for the National Costume Swap!!

    http://www.zvents.com/richmond-va/events/show/147333645-green-halloween-costume-swap

  7. Costume swap is a great idea…. checking out the site listed. Thanks!
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  8. I am so glad to read this. I mentioned this Green Halloween concept on my podcast recently, too. I hope people can be mindful of their purchases and consumption and enjoy a fun holiday in a responsible manner! :-)
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  9. Thanks for introducing GreenHalloween.org! I’m going to aim for a completely recycled/reused costume this year… it’s nice to know other people are, too!
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  11. Green Halloween was a tough one for us, but I think we’ve now figured out how to celebrate without sucking the fun out of it. The key for us was to focus on our real goal, creating joy for our little ones and our neighbours, and not trying to please everyone. Like you, we used the GreenHalloween.org website as well as CelebrateGreen.net. Excellent ideas all around. (If you’re interested in more details on our celebration, you’ll find us at http://talesofgoodness.com/2011/10/25/is-green-halloween-still-good-halloween/.)

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