Written By Spencer Kent
Halloween is finally here! The joyous fall holiday that allows us to escape reality for just a night by dressing up in fun outfits and feeding the child in all of us with mountains of candy (especially the parents!) On carefree nights like this, it's easy to overlook some of the really simple steps we can take to make this orange and black hued holiday just a little greener.
As you stroll down your neighborhood with your family going door-to-door, you'll pass countless Jack-o-lanterns: artfully carved pumpkins with a candle inside to make the patterns glow. However, did you know that if you use LED lights instead of candles, they will last nearly 133 times longer and cost 80% less to use? And because they don't get hot, they are 100% safer! If you just can't give up the timeless incandescent, opt for beeswax or soy candles, for they burn cleaner than petroleum based paraffin candles! Don't you want to keep Jack grinning as long as possible?
As you put together your costume, make sure to pass up the cheaply made (and not to mention un-eco friendly) costumes at Halloween stores that come in plastic bags. Instead, do it DIY-style by rummaging through your local thrift shop. Chances are, they will have more than what you need to create an outlandish and spectacular costume, and you'll be reusing and giving a new home to old, unwanted clothes! For an added bonus, you won't run into someone sporting the same $80 costume as you, because that is REALLY awkward.
Lastly, instead of just tossing those witch and pumpkin banners, make sure to save all your decorations for next year. As the Halloweens pile up, so will your collection of regalia. Not only will this save you tons of money as time goes on, but you will be using less and less materials every year to turn your home into a spooky wonderland. One of my fondest memories as a kid was when my dad would let me and my brother take down the Halloween box from the attic and rummage through all the seasonal items we had saved over the years.
Of course, there's so many other ways to make greener choices during Halloween time, but this is a pretty good start. The more you get in the habit of making simple changes to help your planet, the easier it will get! Remember to stay safe, and most importantly have fun! Happy Halloween everyone!
Special thanks to Your Daily Thread and Green Halloween for the tips!
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