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Halloween: Go Green for Halloween

greenyearbookI  love browsing through bookstores. On my last visit, I picked up a book, The Green Year Jodi Helmer. I chose this book because for everyday of the year, there is a simple, inexpensive activity that will help us make important changes towards reducing our energy consumption, lower our carbon footprint, and bring us closer to sustainable living. As I complete each activity, I’ll check it off and be able to look back on what I’ve accomplished.

Green Halloween Ideas

During the month of October, Jodi Helmer offers simple, easy green ways we can help the environment in preparation for Halloween. Here is a brief listing of those green Halloween ideas…

  • Costumes – Rent, swap, buy from thrift stores, or create costumes from clothing and items you already own.
  • Plan your route – Choose a safe neighborhood where you and your trick-or-treaters can walk from door-to-door instead of adding to your carbon footprint.
  • Treats – Buy Halloween treats with recycable packaging such as little cardboard boxes rather than wrappers that must tossed into the trash.
  • Lighting – Turn out the inside lights. Leave the porch light on, but use candlelight inside the house to present a scary mood when you open the door to trick-or-treaters.
  • Pumpkin – Use your pumpkin to feed wildlife. Smash your pumpkin into chunks and spread out in the backyard or woods. The birds and squirrels will feast on the seeds and flesh. Any leftover pieces can be added to your compost pile.

Do you have Go Green for Halloween activities that you will use during your Halloween celebration with your family this year? If you do, please share your green ideas with us on NanasCorner.com!

May you and your family have a happy, safe. and green Halloween!

About the Author:

Jersey Shore Grandmother of 5 great kids, retired special ed high school teacher, married since 1972 to Poppy...loves spoiling the grands, crocheting for whomever I can and charities, reading, crafts, outdoors, blogging...and retirement.


  1. Dorothy Rimson 2009/10/30 at 2:49 am

    really great and innovative ideas

  2. Susan Adcox 2009/10/28 at 9:27 am

    These are great ideas! I’m irritated every year at the trick-or-treaters who arrive in my neighborhood tailed by a parent in a SUV, spewing exhaust as they sit in front of my house watching for their little ones to make the rounds. I don’t mind that kids who don’t live in my neighborhood come trick-or-treating here. I love seeing kids in their costumes. But Mom or Dad, park the vehicle and walk with your kids!

  3. Rachel 2009/10/27 at 12:52 pm

    Preschool-aged children love to dress up in costumes any time of the year. We spent a little more money to buy good quality costumes (Batman, of course) for our boys and they wear them for hours every day. It gives them hours of enjoyment and they can wear them for Halloween too. The costumes were $25 at Toys R Us.

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