WFMW: Green Your Halloween

Is it possible to go green on Halloween? Trick-or-treating adds up to a lot of plastic masks, candy wrappers and fake tombstones that aren't great for the enivronment. Jodi Helmer, author of The Green Year, has given us some great tips for making the black and orange holiday a little more green:

Green the goodies: Think of all the candy wrappers that one little goblin throws in the trash – then multiply that number by the millions of trick-or-treaters who are happily gobbling up their stash. Offer organic apples from the farmers market or buy treats in bulk to minimize packaging waste.

Come up with a new costume: Skip the racks of colorful costumes at the mall (most of them are made of non-renewable materials like plastic) and check out the second-hand stores, or come up with a creative idea for a homemade costume. Add a bandana to a pair of jeans and a denim shirt for an instant cowboy costume or put on your wedding dress and go as the Bride of Frankenstein. Or, host a costume swap with the neighbors. The costumes their kids have outgrown might be the perfect fit for your little one.

Choose natural decorations: Bails of straw, colorful mums and a handful of gourds are great seasonal decorations that can be composted on November 1st. If scary witches hanging from the oak tree and plastic pumpkins on the front step are a must-have, scour secondhand stores.


  1. Oh.. I have to totally disagree with greening the goodies. If my kids come home with an apple or food that was bulk packaged and has been repackaged.. it goes in the garbage. Call me a child of the 70s/80s who is still waiting for someone to stick a pin in something or poison my kids. If it doesn't come pre-packaged, I just don't trust it. :-(

  2. Hi. I think that the idea of green Halloween is good. There are many recommendations on the internet, some are good and some are not so good. But I think that e.g. buying a new costume every year is wastage. I always prefer home made costumes which are environmentally friendly.

    Best regards,


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