Have A Green Halloween!

Posted by Colleen Kennedy on October 27th, 2010

Halloween is my favorite holiday. Why? Well, mostly because I love candy. But, it’s also a great opportunity to get creative and go green. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

1. Make Your Own Costume There’s no need to spend a ton of money buying a costume when all you need is a little imagination to create a one of a kind piece for your little one (or for yourself) that will be remembered for years to come. I’ll never forget my mom dressing my up as Princess Leia from Star Wars, using a white sheet and gold tassel tie-backs from her bedroom curtains. It was perfect and I won all the prizes at the Halloween party!  So, think outside the box. Heck, use a box! Use whatever you can find around the house. Just get creative and have fun!

2. Ditch The Plastic Pumpkin If you already have a plastic pumpkin, then, yea, use it. However, there’s no need to go out and buy a new one. Why not use a plain canvas bag that can be decorated to make it more fun and personal. You can use it year after year and who knows, maybe your kids will pass it down to their kids!  You can also use an old pillowcase. I can tell you from personal experience, these work really well and hold way more candy than a plastic pumpkin!

3. Hold A Costume Swap Get together with your neighbors and hold a costume swap. Kids outgrow their costumes fast so, pass them on to the next generation. If the costumes aren’t “current”, mix them up to create a whole new look! You’ll be surprised with what what you, or you kids, come up with!

4. Decorate With Nature Forget buying plastic goblins and witches. Make your own! Here’s one idea: take some old clothes like an old pair of jeans, an old flannel shirt and a pair of dad’s old boots & gloves and fill them with leaves or straw. Use a jack-o-lantern for it’s head or, paint a face on a paper bag filled with with straw. Then, sit your creation on the front steps. For a spookier effect,hang it from a tree in your front yard!

Remember, Halloween is a time for fun and making memories. With these tips,  you might even begin a whole new family tradition!

Happy Haunting!!!

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One Response to “Have A Green Halloween!”

  1. Nancy says:

    Great ideas! I’ve used many of them and will continue to do so. My daughter Sierra prides herself on creating her own costume every year…. even this year at age 17! 2 of her past favorites were characters from the musical cats. And I remember your Princess Leia costume, you looked adorable! I especially liked the 2 braids coiled on the sides of your head. Halloween is my favorite holiday too!

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