Think Green This Halloween
Jack-o'-lanterns: When giving your Halloween pumpkin that signature scowl, be sure to compost the pumpkin pieces you carve out in the process. On Halloween night, light up your jack-o'-lantern with LED candles instead of paraffin wax candles, which come from oil, a non-renewable resource. Once Halloween has passed, either compost your carved pumpkin or donate it to your local zoo - pumpkins are a special seasonal treat for zoo animals like elephants!
Costume: Unless you're a bit of an eccentric, you'll probably only wear your Halloween costume once, maybe twice if you're really stumped on ideas for next year. So, why spend the money to buy a brand new one? Instead, put your creative side to the test and make your costume using old clothes and a few embellishments or buy something fun from a vintage store. If you're hoping to achieve that extra "wow" factor, you can always rent a fancier costume for the night.
Treats: Replace the unhealthy candies full of artificial sweeteners with healthy, organic or fair-trade treats to hand out to your trick-or-treaters. This time of year, Halloween-themed organic "candy" bars are available in favorite seasonal flavors. For a more traditional treat, you can also hand out chocolate Halloween treats that are 100 percent ethically traded and made from all-natural milk. Plus, check the wrapping: some manufacturers donate a portion of profits to eco-friendly causes.