This week's Green Up Saturday idea is about Halloween.
Are you "greening up" Halloween at your house this year?
Those of you who know me in real life know I have a rule
about Halloween...Princess can be whatever she wants,
as long as it can be made with stuff we already have in the house.
Don't feel too bad for her...she has an armoire filled with costumes
(many of which I have picked up from freecycle) to choose from.
Some other ways we green up Halloween around here is to grow our
own pumpkins (and we cook or compost them when we're done).
We also use hay bales to decorate (this year all the decorations did double duty,
because her birthday party was "fall festival" themed) which then go over planting beds in the back
for winter protection. The corn stalks (we grow them...got some from our friend Ed too) get composted as well.
We are also keeping Halloween even closer to home this year. No driving to go trick or treating
with friends and relatives all over creation. I know they love to see the costumes, but come on,
how much trick or treating should there be? This year we will spend at home with our friend and her daughter.
We will make cupcakes to be decorated, a picture to color, a craft, a game, we will watch
The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
and trick or treat a couple of blocks behind us (we are on a main road without sidewalks)
and come home for homemade pizza. It's tradition. I am taking it back!
I will also not be buying any pre-packaged mini candy. This is all a scam to make people pay more for less.
There was one case of a razor in an apple years ago, the child's step mother did it.
OK, I cannot find a link to support that, but honestly..instead of allowing candy manufacturers to make a fortune off your fear...use common sense.
Worried about someone putting something in that cookie or apple?
Don't knock on their door. Don't know them well enough to eat food from their kitchen? Don't knock on their door. Let's take back the traditions of knowing our neighbors, little children do not need to go farther than their own neighborhoods to trick or treat. Children who have more stamina than that are probably too old to trick or treat anyway. I know it's radical. Really want to make a difference? How about Trick or Treat for Unicef?
So what are you doing to "green up" your Halloween?
I'd love to hear your ideas!