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Weekly Tips | October 07, 2013

Green Halloween


Strapped for a clever costume idea- no need to boo-hoo- last year's princess, pirate, or zombie can be seen anew! A little fairy dust can go a long way, especially when sprinkled at National Costume Swap Day! So when opportunities (and trick-or-treaters!) knock this Halloween, why not treat Mother Nature by considering being green? 

Prepping for the Frightful Night

Every year the weeks approaching All Hollow’s Eve are filled of anticipation, whether it’s choosing frightful décor or your costume. 

Give an afterlife to forgotten household objects by creating DIY Halloween decorations. There are many spooky crafts that you and your friends or family can create using egg cartons, mason jars, paper bags, or old sheets. Many crafts can be made using things you already have around the house. Check out the blog Inspiring Pretty for more inspiring DIY Halloween décor. Don’t forget to save those decorations and use them again next year!

Still figuring out costumes? Participating in National Costume Swap Day by bringing last year’s ghoulish outfits to a participating drop-off site (including CleanScapes’ Issaquah Store) by October 11th and claiming your ticket to the Swap on October 12th. Not only will you be able to recycle your old costumes, but your kids will get new attire for the spook-tacular night. For more details regarding this event can be found our website. Can’t make it to the event? No worries, get friends together and organize your own personal costume swap. 

On Halloween

Your little fairies and vampires will likely collect a large amount of candy while trick-or-treating. Make sure they’re collecting their sweet treats in durable, reusable bags. Take Halloween to the next level and decorate the bags with your loved ones. You can use pillowcases, shopping bags, baskets, or other bags found in your home. 

After the Ghosts Vanish

After the festivities’ start to wind down, its time to get rid of that carved pumpkin sitting outside. Pumpkins are compostable, so put them into your green food and yard waste bin or your own backyard compost system. 

Decided not to carve a pumpkin this year? There are many different options to upcycle your pumpkin. From recipes to planting the seeds you can extend the Halloween fun after the holiday. For more ideas on how to use your whole pumpkin, click here.

You might think the trash can is the only place for that pile of candy wrappers, but there’s plenty that can be done to keep them from a landfill burial! Try making something new and useful with unique DIY projects or learn how to recycle them here.

Sources: Inspiring Pretty | Earth 911: Halloween | Examiner: Pumpkin fun | Examiner: Candy wrappers | Pinterest
 

The Big Picture

According to the US Census, an estimated 41 million trick-or-treaters descended upon neighborhoods and doorsteps across America in 2011. 

In preparation for all of the spook-tacular activities, the National Retail Federation is estimating total Halloween spending in 2012 to reach $6.9 billion. 

Save money and reduce waste this Halloween by reusing what you already have, swapping costumes with friends or participating in the National Costume Swap Day and composting your pumpkins from the fun-filled holiday. Your environment, and your wallet will thank you!

Sources: US Census “Facts for Features: Halloween 2011” | National Retail Federation “Halloween Celebrations” 2011
 

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