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Halloween Is The New Green

Halloween Is The New Green

You've got the tricks, you've got the treats, but have you considered making Halloween a little greener this year?  Lynn Colwell and Colwell-Lipson, co-authors of the book Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, recently sat down with Jennifer Ludden and Jolene Ivy from NPR (National Public Radio) to discuss ways in which we can all make Halloween a little more environmentally friendly this year.

One tip that will save you time, money and help the environment is to recycle decorations each year.  When Halloween is over take down the scarecrows, decorative cobwebs, spiders, goblins, etc and box them up for next year.  You can even make a tradition of decorating each year with friends and family when you take down the box from the previous year. 

When considering which lights to purchase to give your home that orange and purple glow Colwell-Lipson recommends you stay away from the incandescent varieties.  These types of lights use up a lot of energy and tend to get very hot.  A better alternative would be the LED lights which use up 90 percent less energy than the incandescent and they last longer too.  Natural beeswax candles are of course the most energy efficient option and will give your house a truly spooky ambiance.

Reusing old costumes is another great way to be eco-friendly this year.  Jolene Ivy explains that her kids sometimes give her a hard time about wearing the same ninja costume they wore the previous year, but she explains, "In the end they just want to go out and trick or treat.  They're not real picky."  Another idea is to host a costume exchange party so your kids will have new-to-them costumes each year.  And if  your kids really have their heart set on a specific costume maybe you could make something from items you have at home rather than go out and purchase one of those costumes in a bag. 

You can find more green Halloween tips from Colwell and Colwell-Lipson's website GreenHalloween.org.

What do you think of incorporating eco-friendly ideas into your Halloween this year?

Do you have any of your own special tips for going green this Halloween?

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  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    10.28.09  

    I've already been doing most of this for quite a few years. I encourage anyone who has a costume that doesn't fit your child any longer to donate it!

  • drgdlg By drgdlg
    10.28.09  

    I made my costume for my daughter this year. I made the dress part of the costume as a dress that we can keep wearing after Halloween, not a one time use costume.

  • SiLvEr-StArS By SiLvEr-StArS
    10.28.09  

    All I Can Say is that I Can't Wait till Halloween !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • momagarry By momagarry
    10.29.09  

    I always recycle costumes.

  • Alyssarae92293 By Alyssarae92293
    10.29.09  

    I completely agree with momagarry

  • agaphmou By agaphmou
    10.30.09  

    happy halloween everyone!

  • gabriel_maddie By gabriel_maddie
    10.30.09  

    You can find some great costumes at places like Salvation Army or Goodwill. Salvation Army has half off Wednesdays, so it is easy on your budget!

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip
    10.31.09  

    We use pillow cases for collecting candy in.

  • HappyGirl7 By HappyGirl7
    10.31.09  

    I am surprised that most people dont already do most of these things. You can also search for costumes at yard sales. Dont most people already reuse decorations? It is scary to think of people just throwing everything away.

  • retroduck By retroduck
    10.31.09  

    Great tips, thanks!

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