Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Can't go wrong with pumpkins, candy, costumes, and ghost stories...especially if you go the eco-friendly way.
Costumes: Get creative! Instead of going to the party store and spending $35 on a costume that will probably rip by the end of the day isn't worth your while. Scour a thrift shop. Some of the best costumes I've ever seen were the result of a little trip to a local Goodwill. You can find all sorts of interesting stuff from there that can be made into a cool costume. If you're crafty with a needle and thread, make something from scratch. Hand-me-down costumes are another green way to go. For kids, finding a costume that would also be good year-round as some dress up clothes is a fun idea.
Decorations: What's the greenest way to decorate your house for Halloween? Why, jack-o-lanterns of course! Scoop out the pumpkin pulp, cook the seeds, make some pie, carve a spooky face, then once the pumpkin begins to decay, toss it in your compost bin. Can't get much more eco-friendly than that. As far as store bought decorations go, go for stuff that costs a few more dollars but that is durable so you can store it and take it out year after year.
... read more