How do you teach your children about their ecological footprint? According to FootPrintNetwork, your ecological footprint depends on how much you recycle, drive, and buy new products. Around the holidays, buying expensive, decorative items can easily overshadow more meaningful ideas. Halloween is an opportunity to educate my kids about making environmentally wise choices. Make Halloween a green holiday in your household with some eco-friendly Halloween ideas.
Eco-friendly Halloween Ideas for Costumes
Reusing items can add a creative touch to your kids’ costumes. Old costume jewelry can make little girls feel that their costume looks special, as they will remember that mom let them wear her jewelry. In my jewelry box, I have old pearl necklaces, which aren’t expensive, and I know the necklaces would make a neat addition to a Coco Chanel or Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis costume. If I dig deep in my closet, I can find items of clothing from when I was a child. Vintage style feels cool and authentic for many kids.
Another idea is to hold a costume swap with some mom friends. Local Facebook trade groups are a good place to start networking with other moms who want to raise their kids on a budget too. In a Facebook trade group, post photos of your old Halloween costumes and see if you can find costumes that would fit your kids.
Eco-friendly Halloween Ideas for Treats
Give treats that are healthy. Organic treats can help children’s health, while also encouraging better treatment of the workers who make the food. Buy miniature organic juice boxes, fruit strips and granola bars to make your neighborhood kids smile.
Another idea is to give away non-edible items. Hand out stickers and art supplies. Make your own play-doh at home to give away in small baggies. Give items from nature. Collect beautiful rocks and seashells to hand out to kids. Decorate pine cones as Halloween monsters.
Celebrating a green Halloween teaches children about their critical role in taking care of the environment. How do you plan to have a green Halloween? Leave a comment with your tips on my Facebook page.