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Add a Touch of ‘Green’ to Your Halloween

 

by Amy Lignor

Her name is Joy and I was lucky enough to be her roommate for six years. Our girls were best friends who grew up together, and we were friends who joined forces to pay the bills and keep all of our heads above water. We talked about dreams, marrying the perfect guys, and getting the careers we really wanted to achieve. Hers, was fashion and jewelry design.

 

For a person who can’t even sew a straight hem (really, I can’t; it always looks like some Stephen King character possessed me because it comes out really horrible looking), it was always really interesting to see Joy take out yards of fabric, cut and paste, and sew whatLive looked like a swath of something you use to throw over a table into one of the most amazingly beautiful gowns I’d ever seen. What else was she really good at? Halloween costumes. In fact, the girls loved those costumes and waited for Halloween to come along so that they could wear an ‘Original by Joy.’

 

I bring this up because of the fact that Joy and her skills always reminded me of how much she saved the environment. She wasn’t about to buy plastic costumes and throw them in the trash when the day was over; her skill was perfect for recycling. And, boy, did those kids recycle. They kept those costumes until they literally grew out of them. I still remember my daughter – the shark expert – walking around in her awesome-looking mermaid costume long after Halloween had left the calendar.

 

Utilizing skills like sewing can truly save the environment. What seems like such a small thing to do is actually quite huge when you consider the billions of children who get dressed up in these fancy, mostly-plastic costumes that are sold in every shopping mall in the country. You see them everywhere – not only costume stores, but your local video and book stores supply them as well. And with each of these costumers comes a major garbage problem; more stacks to be put out on junk piles that can not be reused.

 

So when it comes to the night of tricking and treating, whether it be costumes or the local party for the kids, searching for ways to make the holiday ‘green’ along with its typical orange flair, is an amazing thing to do for yourself and the next generation. After all, anything we can do to reduce that old carbon footprint is something we should take advantage of as soon as possible.

 

So what’s the second most important thing about Halloween after the costumes are sewn? Yup. It’s the candy. Again, stores sell billions of dollars worth of the individually wrapped candy bars and treats. And each one of these wrappings just enlarges a carbon footprint that doesn’t need to be enlarged. There are many – including my own mother – who took the time to create treats that were not only safe for the kids, but tasted amazingly good and didn’t have the environmental worry that came along with wrapped candy. Baked goods wrapped in recycled paper are far more fun for the kids and way better tasting. Not to mention, you can add a little ‘healthy’ into Halloween and kids will still gobble it up!

 

The third thing about Halloween comes down to the decorations. There are a number of parties held on Halloween; parties that offer the spooky, eerie-minded, and lovers of all things nightmarish and fun, a chance to have a good time. Fun houses are set up in neighborhoods. Fright houses are set up in peoples’ homes – everything that’s all about having fun by having a heart attack is built.

 

But to decorate just right there are – again – a ton of decorations out there that are not recyclable and will end up clogging up dumps that are already clogged beyond belief. Some of the pre-made decorations can be boxed up and used for the next year, however; but mixing it up a bit – using homemade ‘scary’ decorations – can make the fun/fright house unforgettable for the whole neighborhood.

 

Think about all these together, by the way. Costumes, baking treats, making decorations and setting up the house – every single one of these Halloween needs allows you and your children to have a great time together. This is quality time that, let’s face it, in this frantic world is hard to find. So a great weekend being together and having fun as you set up for Halloween, will be a one-of-a-kind moment you’ll never forget. Hopefully, you’ll even make it an annual tradition.

 

I will never forget that mermaid costume and the fun we all had every year celebrating Halloween together. So I say, start your own great memories this year and remember, saving the world around you will be a very cool bonus!

 

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Amy

 

 

 

 

Source: Baret News Wire

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