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Green Halloween Tips

Halloween is spooky by nature, but it doesn't have to be a scary time for the environment. You can have a jack-o-lantern full of Halloween fun while helping to protect and preserve the environment. Following these green Halloween tips can help you and your family have an eco-friendly Halloween celebration.

Dress down. Rather than buy a new costume your ( or your child) will only wear once and throw away, make one out of clothes and fabrics you already have. You can also get terrific "costumes" at thrift shops and yard sales. Swap costumes with neighbors and friends. Donate your kid's used costumes to day care centers or shelters.

Bag it. Send your kids out to collect their candy with resuable buckets, canvas bags or pillowcases.

Redecorate. Keep Halloween decorations from year to year so you don't need to buy new ones each season.

Recycle. Once Halloween is over, recycle your pumkins, the straw you need to build scraecrows and any other material by compsoting it. The compost can be used as fertilizer for your garden.

Teach your children. Urge your children to dispose of their candy wrappers in their bags or in trash cans rather than on the street.

Keep it simple. When you're buying treats to give out, choose items that come in a minimum amount of packaging. Some folks skip the candy altogether in favor of useable treats like pencils, pens, funky erasers and even nickels!

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