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Tricks & Treats For A Sustainable Halloween

There are three things I’ve learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.

We witch you a happy Halloween! This time of year is magical in treats, activities, and costumes! However, Halloween is just around the corner, and if you're anything like us we do things last minuet. Today we've gathered some tips from all types of sustainability pros and a few from ourselves to make this Halloween a little less wasteful. Let's get in to these tricks and treats!


Decorations

  • Get crafty! Reuse instead of buying materials for decorations, gather supplies, arts and crafts throughout the year.

  • Make other creative decorations from netting from bags of oranges, cotton balls, leaves and branches from the yard, etc.

  • Cardboard boxes can be fabulous tombstone.

  • Reuse your decorations from the previous year.

Costumes

  • DIY your 'fits! Making your own costume can be way more fun than just buying one at the store.

  • Keep old clothes that can be used as good pieces or parts of costumes.

  • If necessary, shop at thrift shops, consignment stores and yard sales, instead of buying retail.

Pumpkins & Other Goodies

  • Buy pumpkins, gourds, and apples from local farms or farmers markets.

  • Grow your own pumpkins in time for Fall.

  • Save the pumpkin seeds for treats, seedlings, or compost!

  • Make sure to wash your pumpkin in vinegar and water, not bleach!

Treats

  • Buy locally produced foods, candies, and treats.

  • Look for goodies with minimal packaging and/or those made packaged in recycled materials.

  • Use household items to collect candy in like a bucket or pillowcase.

  • When out trick or treating make sure to bring something to pick up leftover treat wrappers along the way!

Overall, we hope you have a boo-tiful Halloween weekend and other fun fall activities with less waste. Stay spooky, Peachers!



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