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.
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 schools. There 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?