Sustainable Spooks & Spectres

It’s that time of year again – the wind is a little crisper, leaves are falling, and pumpkins are adorning doorsteps and windowsills. Halloween is around the corner, and before you know it, ghosts and goblins will be knocking on your door! Are you ready to scare away energy waste and celebrate a spookily sustainable Halloween?

Here are some tips for an eco-friendly Halloween holiday:

Haunt Your House:

  • Everyone appreciates a spookified house on Halloween. Why not turn up the chills by turning out the lights in your home? Put everything on a power strip you can turn off to avoid phantom loads, and light some festive candles or colorful CFLs for a delightfully scary glow.
  • Rather than flipping on the light switch, set the Halloween ambience with candles and jack-o-lanterns.
  • Instead of purchasing wasteful paper and plastic decorations, dress up your porch with pumpkins and gourds that can either be composted or used for fall recipes after the holidays pass.

Tactful Trick-or-Treating:

  • Don’t rot your neighbors’ teeth with candies packed with preservatives and fattening sugars – offer them all-natural and organic candies from your local grocer that would bring a smile to any vampire’s face!
  • Consider using pillow cases or reusable bags instead of plastic ones for trick-or-treating.

Pumpkin Carving:

  • Save the pumpkin seeds and bake them for a tasty treat! Try this simple recipe.

Dress Creatively:

  • Why spend money on a brand new costume when you can get creative with what’s already in your closet? Un-mummify costume materials from years past or stop by your local thrift store for inspiration.

Have a safe, sustainable, and spoooooky Halloween! For more helpful tips, visit GreenHalloween.org.