Eek-o Halloween!


We adore holidays, especially Halloween. But we’ve noticed that this hoilday is also a little bit, well, wasteful. Lots of junky, non-recycle-able decor.  Flimsy costumes and masks that fall apart. Piles of candy wrappers. Lots of things that could use an eco-provement.

In the vein of making the aftermath of Halloween less frightening, we humbly offer some greener Fright Night ideas…

After finishing off this bottle of autumnal beer, Kick, flavored with pumpkin and cranberry, we decided to reuse the  bottle. We grabbed some dead flowers from the yard, painted them black and volia — a chilling centerpiece. Super easy recycling.

Sip your hot cider or cocoa from one of these adorable jack o’lantern or black bird mugs from Bambeco. They are natural clay earthernware, hand-painted with lead free dyes. Also dishwasher safe – and only $5.00 each! The Green Style napkins are made from 100% recycled paper, 65% post-consumer content and printed with water-based inks.

How about some illumiation for your spooky activities? Try this CFL “black light.” We also found them in yellow and red for an eerie glow. And the skeletons are LED string lights, powered by rechargable batteries. Both are widely available at chain stories like Target and Party City. Greener and mood-making.

Wear something ghastly… ghost earrings made from recycled A&W root beer cans. These are hand-crafted by artist Dee in California.

Wash up after your All Hallow’s Eve festivities with one of these small batch vegan soaps. From the front: Haunted Hayride soap, from Little Egg Harbor Soaps in New Jersey. It’s purple, orange and black with a sweet fragrance. Candy Corn soap by Cassia in Texas is in the middle. A soap that brings you back to childhood and perky color and a fresh, light smell. In the back, cocoa-brown Chocolate Pumpkin soap from you stink soap in Michigan is like a delectable dessert with a lush aroma.

Want more eco-friendly Halloween ideas? Check out Green Halloween. The site is packed with eco-ideas for adults, kids, schools, parties and more.

And just like that, you have a Halloween celebration to turn every little goblin green.

Happy Haunting!

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