It won’t be long until the children will take a walk around the block in spooky disguises, shout “trick or treat” and collect bonbons on mass again. Many adults are annoyed because of this American tradition, which has meanwhile established itself also in our country. If you nonetheless do not want to spoil your children’s enjoyment of it, there are numerous possibilities to celebrate Halloween in a sustainable way. We will reveal a few tips in the following:
Halloween costumes from stores often are produced by children in low wage countries and consist of non-recyclable plastic and toxic softeners. If you renounce that this year, you do not only give the environment, but also the kids a treat. With a bit of creativity, you will often find some clothes in your own wardrobe which can be turned into original and sustainable Halloween outfits. Or you root around in the attic of the grandparents together with your children for the numerous exciting things. In case you just do not make a find, the classical ghost costume of bed sheets is not the worst choice. Also in second hand shops or on the flea market, some treasures might be hiding. In need, you can also visit a costume rental before you purchase a new outfit. If you would like to do some face painting for children, you should take care that the colours only contain natural ingredients like oils, pigments or beeswax. This also provokes less allergic reactions and the makeup can be removed easily with some creme.
If you want to hand out treats yourself, they should be produced locally, draw chocolate and sugar from sustainable sources and be available in a recyclable packing, in the best case. Maybe you will find something suitable in the next wholefood shop. If you have difficulties with that, you can also prepare some little dainties yourself, of course, then you will at least know with certainty what they contain. In case your children want to run from house to house, you could give them a cloth bag which you could paint together with a spooky motive before. And if the offspring brings tons of sweets at home once again that you can impossibly eat up before they expire, how about donating a part of them?
Masses of sustainable decorations can be found outdoors, especially in autumn like for example colourful leaves, chestnuts or corncobs. Moreover, you can let your creativity run free again and tinker something of remnants. If you want to buy decoration at all cost, it should not contain any plastic and be reused for the next years. For the indispensable pumpkin carving, you can use organic pumpkins and utilise the content for a delicious soup instead of littering the flesh of fruit.
We hope that we could help you with our tips and wish you a happy Hellogreen!