Celebrate Halloween & Make it Green!
Are you gearing up for ghouls, goblins, and October celebrations? To get you in the spirit, we’re sharing some of our favorite activities and ideas for making the haunted holiday fun for you and good for the planet. Yes, you can be spooky AND sustainable! Join our member groups and take part in some extra green Halloween-themed fun in your backyard, schools, neighborhoods and beyond.
- Enjoy the freshest foods and pumpkins the season has to offer by supporting farms in your area - and try out a hayride and corn maze while you’re at it! Then show off your support with a farmland-themed jack-o-lantern. Check out these great farm animal templates from our friends at American Farmland Trust.
- Halloween is a perfect occasion to get a little crafty – gather some old shopping bags, scissors, and glue, and try your hand at one of these Halloween treat tote ideas from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Then be sure to check out their Halloween Wildlife and Outdoor Activity Roundup, full of great spooky stories and hands-on projects.
- Before your kids chow down on their chocolaty treats, take a moment to talk about where cocoa comes from and how this important crop impacts our planet. Check out the Rainforest Alliance’s online game Track it Back to learn where cocoa is grown and visit their virtual rainforest, “Living in the Chocó Forests of Ecuador: The Chachi Cocoa Farmers.”
- This time of year gets us thinking about animals that go bump in the night, and bats are always part of the Halloween scene! Learn more about the benefits of bats from Bat Conservation International – and find out what you can do to help protect these important flying mammals.
- Looking for last minute costumes? Consider participating in or hosting a pre-Halloween costume swap in your community. If you’re buying new, steer clear of children’s costumes containing PVC and other toxic chemicals. Our friends at Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) have rounded up some great tips for going toxic-free this Halloween.
- Halloween is also a great time to get acquainted some of our creepier, crawlier creature friends too. Learn more about worms, beetles, stick bugs, and thousands of other invertebrates from EarthShare member, The Xerces Society.
- Send your children trick-or-treating with reusable buckets, canvas bags or pillow cases. Lower emissions by trick-or-treating in your neighborhood and get to know your neighbors better by inviting them over for an old fashioned bobbing-for-apples competition at your house.
Did we miss your favorite environmentally-minded Halloween event or activity? Know about a cool event or opportunity in your area? Tell us about it in our comment section below!