EEK-O-Friendly Halloween Tips

This post comes to you, courtesy of ECOlunchBox 

Halloween is right around the corner and with costumes, candy, parties and haunted houses involved, what’s not to love?! No matter what spooky antics you’re planning for Halloween, keep in mind you can be greener and cleaner too!

 

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Consider using upcycled and recycled items for decorating, and definitely avoid that nasty “spiderweb” plastic people spread all over their bushes! Create paper cut-outs to decorate windows (which can be stored flat and saved for next year). Cover formed chicken wire with cheesecloth to create floating ghosts in the yard. Drape cheesecloth over pedestals and other yard items to make the appearance of dusty cobwebs. Use tin cans for walkway luminaries. You can drill holes in the sides to create a design and add to the flickering light effect. Re-use all of those cardboard boxes before recycling them. They can be turned into gravestones and placed throughout the yard to create a haunted cemetery. 

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Party Like a Zero Waste Rockstar 

Throwing a Halloween gathering? Use non-breakable, kid-and-planet friendly items (like stainless-steel camping trays) instead of paper or plastic plates, cups and utensils. For a full guide loaded with ideas and tips on throwing a zero waste party click here.  

Sustainable Candy & Alternatives to Candy Treats

Every kid deserves to have a happy Halloween, but for those with food allergies, sensitivities, or who want a healthier, happy treat, the candy offered by neighbors might not be an option. Look for organic and/or sugar-free candy options at your local store. There’s always the option of giving out non-candy treats, too! About half of kids say that they would like to get alternatives to candy treats as well. Arts and crafts or school supplies are a great idea and give the kids something to do when all of the festivities are over (other than getting a sugar high from all of the candy!) 

Lighting Options

We all that spooky and scary atmosphere that candles create on Halloween, but paraffin is the main ingredient in most conventional candles. Paraffin is a waste product from the petroleum industry and releases carcinogenic toxins when burned. Benzene and toluene are found in the sooty residue from burning candles. The EPA has classified benzene as carcinogenic and toluene is toxic to the nervous system. Choose 100% beeswax candles to still achieve that spooky atmosphere while being environmentally conscious. Or, if you’re feeling especially crafty, make your own soy candles. Soy is a renewable resource and soy candles burn cleaner than toxic paraffin candles. 

Halloween Costumes 

Don’t buy new costumes – the likely hood of re-using a brand-new costume is very slim so the purchase is a waste of money and a strain on the environment. Instead, create a brilliant costume from up-cycled thrift store purchases. Mix and match pieces to make a one-of-a-kind costume. Another way to recycle costumes is by hosting a costume swap. Donate your old costume in exchange for a new-to-you costume.

Make Your Own Make-Up

Many commercially available Halloween face paints contain all kinds of scary toxins including heavy metals and a variety of parabens. Parabens are estrogenic (they mimic the estrogen hormone) and disrupt the hormone system. By making your own face paint, you control all of the ingredients and get to do a creative activity with the kiddos while instilling some health-conscious ideas. Or use mom’s non-toxic make-up that you already have on hand!

Bring Your Own Bag

One plain and simple way to green your Halloween is to bring a reusable bag. Give your costume some extra flair by making your own reusable treat bag to enhance your costume.

Bonus Tip: Take a Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

By going to the pumpkin patch, not only are you having a great day out, kids learn where pumpkins (and food) come from. They get to interact in a farming environment and choose their own pumpkins. You’re also supporting the farm directly. Don’t let those pumpkins go to waste! Save the seeds to roast and add to salads or just eat on their own as a tasty and nutritious snack. Also, you can keep the carved out bits of your pumpkin to use in a variety of recipes. 

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Whatever you do, have fun with it! and remember to try not to use single use plastics and non-compostable treats this halloween!


 

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Safe Little Monsters :: Halloween Safety ::

Halloween!!! time for scary masks, little superheroes, vampires, green witches and well candy! Please, parents, grandparents and carers  let’s be extra careful this Halloween season with our little ones (and no so little) safety is important!

That is why I have decided to share some safety tips kindly provided by the Houston Police Department in my community. Thank you HPD!

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Halloween Safety Tips

 Preplanning 
• Parents should accompany their children while the children are Trick or Treating. At least be close enough to see your child at all times.
• Take a cell phone if possible.
• Children should travel in a group. Although older children may travel in pairs, they should still be in contact with their parents or a guardian.
• If the neighborhood is participating in a Trick or Treat Trail program, stick to the trail.
• Pre-plan the route children will be taking and consider the approximate time they will be gone.
• Work out a plan in case your child gets separated from the group. Supply each child with a telephone contact number and an alternate place to meet; If necessary attach the telephone number to the child’s costume.
Costume Design 
• Each child should be equipped with a flashlight. This flashlight, whether carried on a string or in a pocket, should be considered a part of the costume making it important to the child
• Incorporate reflective tape into the costume for maximum visibility in the dark. • Avoid costumes made with large amounts of plastic. Be extremely cautious of materials which could come in contact with flame (candles, etc.)

Trick or Treat 
• Children should not go to homes which are off the established path or the path agreed upon with parents. 
Don’t go to homes which are either poorly lit or not lit at all. 
• Be wary of older individuals who are not known to the group, but begins walking with and associating with them.
• Accept no rides from strangers.
• Children should not ride by themselves, in a car, with anyone except a parent, brother or sister.
• If you observe something unusual happen; children should notify their parents. A parent may need to notify the police.

 Treats 
• Parents, do not allow your children to eat their treats until they return home and you are able to inspect it.
Inspect all wrappers for tears, holes and/or unusual characteristics.
• Pay particular attention to soft candies and soft chocolate bars.
• If a wrapper is torn or exhibits a hole in it, open it and inspect the candy further. If you feel uncomfortable about the candy or suspect it in any way, throw the candy away. Give the child candy from your own stock. Inspect fruits also for cuts, punctures, or marks which may look unsanitary or the results of tampering.
Safety first! I am sure that all of my readers already know these tips but just in case, let’s be extra careful especially with the little ones. Halloween can be a confusing concept for kids as we constantly tell them not to accept candy from strangers, yet during Halloween…. yeah, we contradict ourselves, lol parenting.
Enjoy!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
BOOO!
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Halloween Deco!

Oh Halloween! I love Halloween! the glitter, the spark, the make-up, the “gore”, the chance to be odd without anyone judging (well… less judging I shall say)  I love it all! Autumn (or Fall for my dear people in USA) is one of my favourite seasons. The colours, the scents, the food and the celebrations.

Moving to the USA has enhanced my love for autumn, even if I don’t get the magnificnet nature colours I used to get in the UK (It just doesn’t happen that way down in Texas) I have now added Thanksgiving to my list of things I love about Fall.

But before thanksgiving, HALLOWEEN!!! yes I go all out for Halloween. And here to show you some of the decorations we put up at home, hopefully to inspire you into adding some halloween magic to your house. Trick or Treat!

I started by re-using my IKEA Greenhouse (for more info see link) you can make it child friendly as I did, using paper cuttings, plastic skulls and couldrons or make it grownup spooky all gore and fresh by using fake blood splattated over the greenhouse and plastic thumbs (just and idea) but since I have kids I made a kid friendly halloween greenhouse.

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The rest of the house we covered with fake Spiderwebs which you can find almost at any shop (Michael’s , Target, Walmart) paying special attention to the fireplace area. We added a few accent pumpkins and spider candle holders.
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and there you have it! Happy Halloween! Let the candy fest begin!
Xoxo
OnixJ