We have less than a month to go before the most spooktacular holiday of all….Halloween. As a big science fiction fan it is no wonder that Halloween has always been the most appealing holiday for me personally…with witches, vampires, and ghosts. Add to that the pumpkin pies, apple cidar, and candy corn and you have got one spectacular time on your hands. Kids love Halloween because they get to play dress-up and collect candy. But as a parent you may be concerned about all of the unhealthy candy and needless waste that Halloween can represent. So in usual fashion I have compiled a list of eco friendly Halloween finds. Have an orange, black, and GREEN Halloween! And check out out my giveaway at the bottom of this post!
Eco Friendly Halloween Candy
These treats are great for Halloween parties, for passing out to trick-or-treaters, and for doing a switcheroo while going through your kid’s goodie bags at evening’s end.
College Farm Organic NaturePops – The NaturePops company was “sweet” to send me a big bag of their organic lollipops for me to try. I got a bag with Citrus Blast and Chocloate flavored pops but I hear they also have some other flavors too. I am not real big on candy so my kids got to do the testing…and they were only to happy to do so. They assure me that they these lollipops were “SUPER DELICIOUS!”
The pops are certified organic, have no gluten, no soy, no eggs, no dairy, no GMO ingredients, and they are kosher and vegetarian. Wow!
Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops – Another great lollipop can be found through the company Yummy Earth, founded by two dads that wanted healthy, dye free lollipops for their kids. My kids can attest that these lollipops are also delicious and they come in a large variety of flavors including lemon, mixed fruit, peppermint, mango, watermelon, and pomengranate.
Fruitabu Organic Smooshed Fruit Rolls – My kids LOVE these and I get them in bulk from Costco. They would be a great treat for Halloween visitors.
The Ginger People Ginger Chews - My husband flips over these. In fact I have to order them for him online all the time so he can have some to take on his business trips. If you like ginger then you will love their spicy apple ginger chews. Made with natural ginger, these chews are also widely used for menstrual cramps, indigestion, heartburn, and morning sickness.
Candy Tree Organic Cherry Laces – These are like red vines but organic, gluten free, and wheat free. There are also a variety of other flavors.
Fair Trade Trick or Treat Action Kit – Give them more than just candy…give them knowledge about fair trade. This kit comes with a bag of fair trade cholcolate candy, Halloween postcards, Mixican party streamers, and a trick or treat bag.
Fair Trade Gold Coins – Fair trade chocolate that says Ghana Freedom and Justice on one side and Fair Deal for Cocoa Growers on the other.
Endangered Species Chocolate Bars – Chocolate bars that help save animal species.
Eco Friendly Halloween Gifts
Don’t want to do candy at all? These Halloween gifts are the perfect replacement.
Halloween Fairies and Good Witch Doll – In this adorable set you get pumpkin fairy, an apple fairy, and a good witch.
Organic apples and apple cidar – This is the perfect time of year to find a local, organic farm and get some organics apples and cidar. You can also get organic pumpkins and make pumpkin soups, muffins, cakes, pies, and roasted pumpkin seeds.
Eco Friendly Trick or Treat Bags
Reusable Halloween Bag – These are pretty nifty!
Felt Goodie Bags – These Magic Cabin felt bags are reusable and fun.
Tote bags -Check out some of the regular tote bags that would be perfect for Halloween. Leave them as they are or decorate them.
Send party invitations digitally. Create your own or use a service like Sendomatic. For guests that don’t have email why not send them a small paper bag decorated for Halloween and have them bring it to the party to serve as a doggie-bag for leftovers treats. It can be recycled or composted afterwards.
Eco Friendly Halloween Decorations
Pumpkin Decorating Kit – Using natural wooden eyes, ears, lips, and other facial features kids can decorate pumpkins. The pieces attach with wooden dowels and allow kids to make a unique pumokin creation without having to carve. Make sure to use oragnic pumpkins!
Non Toxic Halloween Paints – Use these paints to decorate windows or pumpkins. The paints are completely non-toxic and safe. They go on glossy and dry with a matte finish. If you need some painting instruction here is a fun e-book on pumpkin painting.
Candles – Instead of using conventional candles in orange and black use natural beeswax candles instead.
DIY! Take some old sheets and stuff the center with newspaper or cloth and then close with a rubber band. Hang it a tree to make a homemade ghost.
Also when purchasing any Halloween decor…try to make sure they are durable and will last for years.
Eco Friendly Halloween Costumes
The best way to keep your costume eco-friendly is to buy a used on or make one yourself from household items.
Mother and Daughter Earth Costumes – make a mother earth costume for yourself or for your daughter using playsilks or other earthy colored fabrics. Weave flowers, plants, and twigs through your hair and clothing.
Playsilks can also be used to make gypsy, pirate, mermaid, or superhero costumes…the possibilities are endless. They are durable and they can be used for imaginative play long after Halloween.
OR get creative and make your own!
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007