Parents tend to be a little more concerned nowadays with things being more eco-friendly. And we think that’s a very good thing. Learning to be green can only help to shape and restore a better environment for everyone, especially when you work into both everyday life and special events. Thus, if you are hosting a Halloween party this year, you can create some wonderful memories with your family and friends while being environmentally responsible at the same time.
And since it’s easier and cheaper to pull this off than you may think, we wanted to share 10 different ways to bring the green to your next Halloween party.
Decorations and Party Supplies
1) Make sure you buy items that can be recycled. Plates, cups, bowls, and utensils should meet this mark. Use decorations that are recyclable or go a step further and take the “Use What You Have” approach with the decorations. Many of us put decorations out each year, put them away, and take them out the again next year. There really is no need to hit the store and load up on items that may be non-recyclable and then thrown away.
2) Our local farm and nursery hosts a gourd hunt for the kids every October. The event is free, and it’s a great way to spend time with the family since the kids have a blast searching for hidden gourds all around the farm. We also get to bring our collected gourds home to use for Halloween decorations. Check out your local farm or nursery to see if your area offers any family friendly activities like this.
3) The food itself can easily be green in nature. Use organic vegetables from local farms for the famous “veggie tray”. Go a step further and make an organic dip to go with the veggies. This organic dip recipe is simple to make and a great way to get the kids involved.
4) This time of year is famous for apple picking in many parts of the country. Spend the afternoon at a local farm with the family and pick up some apples for your party. Use this as another opportunity to support local growers. The locally grown apples can be used in a variety of yummy recipes that will infuse your party with the nuance of the season.
5) The number of healthy snack options available at grocery stores has been increasing. Take the time to seek out such items as they are easier to purchase in most stores.
6) Look for cheeses and other foods coming from sources that do not use hormones or antibiotics with their animals. This contributes dramatically to preserving soil and natural environments.
7) Through much trial and error, I have learned that what really matters when planning a party is focusing on the fun instead of all the extra stuff. Keeping it simple is best when it comes to hosting any type of party. Kids are not going to care or remember if you spent a lot of money, but they will remember the little details of how much fun they had and how the party made them feel. That is what really counts.
8) The kids always love bobbing for apples, and this activity also makes for a healthy treat – compared to all that candy typically associated with Halloween.
9) The Musical Monsters game is so much fun and is always requested at our Halloween parties.
10) These milk jug ghosts were a huge hit at a Halloween party that we attended last year. The kids had a great time making this craft and the best part is that we can reuse them year after year for Halloween decorations.
What are some ideas you have for making your Halloween party a green success?
Green Halloween Wallpaper image courtesy of jelene.