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A less wasteful Halloween for the kids.

The holidays are fraught with purchases and over spending. Halloween is no different.

Yes, Value Village is always an option but they are focused mainly on new costumes now. This year we are trying to do things in a sustainable way. I have never bought a costume for my children. The first Halloween my oldest went as a ghost. Luckily it was past down by family because he only wore it for a few minutes. Last year our youngest wore it for Halloween. It has been donated so that another baby can wear it for a half an hour this year! The next two years my oldest was a tiger then a frog. Both costumes were hand me downs from family. We have been very lucky to have been able to save the cost of costumes every year. This year my youngest will be the tiger. The last two years my oldest has been Buzz Lightyear. A family member found it in Value Village for a couple bucks and bought it for him. He asked to be it again this year but it barely fit last year. He will be going as Spock unless we end up borrowing another costume. I’m pretty sure he has no idea who Spock is but that’s what YouTube is for. My brother gave him the costume for Christmas so it only makes sense to use it. All we need is to use a little gel, my eyeliner, figure out about the ears and then we will be all set.

On a trip to the states last week I was pressured to buy a candy holding bag. I was able to say no. We already have perfectly good bags at home that he can use. What’s wrong with just using a pillow case like we did as kids? Everything has become so commercial.

We don’t really decorate much for Halloween. We have a few reusable pumpkins for the porch and a Party-Lite Skeleton. It looks like we are going to carve some real pumpkins this year. The plan will be to roast the seeds and put the left over pumpkin in our green cone after Halloween. We might go all out and buy a carving kit. If we do it will be saved and re-used year after year. I would like to put gravestones on the lawn but they seem to only be made of plastic and styrofoam so that’s a no.

Maybe next year I could get involved in a costume swap to pass on our used costumes. This URL is a newspaper article about costume waste and swapping to reduce waste http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/09/3970258/swapping-haloween-costume-a-more.html. On of the things they say is that Halloween may be the most wasteful holiday of the year. That’s something to think about.

My husband and I are still trying to figure out our costumes.

Any eco-friendly Halloween suggestions?


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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