Autumn sneaks up fast and those of us wishing to have a Green Halloween are struggling to keep up with what feels like a highly wasteful, or even meaningless, holiday. But it only takes a few halloween ideas to create a sustainable and fun holiday for everyone.
Part of what leaves die-hard environmentalists in a tizzy is just how meaningless the holiday can become. Although it's origins are in the celebration of harvest, life and death, its current message is more closely related to consumption. Creating a more meaningful tradition can create a holiday that is not only fun but deeply affecting as well.
November 1st, designated as El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead or All Souls Day) is used to commemorate friends or loved ones who have passed on. Using Halloween as an fun opening to celebrate our ancestors brings both joy and love to the season.Focusing on the seasons - the ending of summer and the fall harvest - can also bring more tradition and rhythm into your life. Creating seasonal foods, carving interesting pumpkins (or appointing a pumpkin carving judge), or autumn-inspired crafts can bring the focus toward the family and the home. And remember: have fun! That's what all these Halloween ideas are about!
Here are some more ideas to create a Green Halloween we can all enjoy:
There are an estimated 41 million trick-or-treaters in the U.S. every year.
Integrating these green Halloween ideas is an awesome way to live up to your ideals while inspiring others. You'll likely spark conversations and maybe even a bit of debate.
Be sure to know your stuff:
Whatever step you take, remember to have fun!
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