Make Halloween Organically Spooky!
We know Halloween is mostly for kids, but we can’t help but get a little excited about it each year. The candy! The costumes! The excuse to dress our dog up like a little pumpkin! This year, we’ve decided to celebrate Halloween in a way that’s a little more natural and a little less plastic. The idea is to still have fun while starting sustainable traditions for our families and for the earth. We’re calling it “Organically Spooky!” To join us, check out these tips.
Skip the store-bought costume and swap last year’s costumes with a friend. Or become a DIY creator with objects found around your home and/or a local thrift store. You’ll save money, boost creativity and keep waste out of landfills. While there are tons of super-crafty ideas on Pinterest, we’re all about simple:
- Ghost: The classic easy homemade costume. Cut eye and mouth holes out of an old bedsheet and voila!
- Cowboy/Cowgirl: Pair a plaid shirt with denim bottoms, tie a red handkerchief around their neck, and add a hat from your dress-up trunk.
- Athlete: Have kids don their sports uniforms to become an instant baseball player or soccer star.
- Rocker: Think ripped jeans, faded T-shirt, big hair and toy guitar.
From patch to porch, it just isn’t Halloween without jack-o’-lanterns. Some pumpkin pointers:
- Curate: Rather than buy pumpkins at a supermarket or commercial pumpkin patch, head to a local farm and pick your own.
- Carve: When it comes time to carve, remember that you can use those lovely pumpkin guts for breads, soups and muffins, and even roast the pumpkin seeds for a delicious seasonal snack.
- Create: For a no-carve design with a natural feel, drape your pumpkin in cotton kitchen twine to mimic a tangled spider web.
Whether you head to a local Trunk or Treat or go door to door, Trick or Treating is the ultimate Halloween rite of passage for kids. Some favorite treat ideas:
- Candy Alternatives: Think outside the candy wrapper with kid-friendly snack alternatives. Try snack-size pretzel bags, individual hot cocoa packets, and Go Organically organic fruit snacks. These dairy-free kids snacks come in single-serve pouches for easy distribution!
- Non-food Treats: Have a gluten-free goblin or nut-free ninja at your house? Or know a food sensitive kiddo who might stop by? Hand out non-food treats like stickers, bubbles, pencils or temporary tattoos.
- Other Spooky Swaps
- Treat Bags: Instead of a carrying a plastic pumpkin or bag for that Trick or Treat haul, use a pillowcase or reusable canvas tote that your kids can decorate themselves.
- Decorations: Store-bought spiders and witches are fun, but try decorating with items found in nature or other objects from your home. Put out a centerpiece of colorful gourds, or cut ghosts and bats out of recyclable construction paper.
- Dessert: Making a cake for a Halloween party? Swap out sprinkles or candy toppings for Go Organically gluten free fruit snacks. They’re excellent for spelling out the word “Boo!”
We hope your Halloween is Organically Spooky! Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more kid-friendly ideas.