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 ~ Vintage Halloween ~
{& old-school ways to save green, while celebrating green}
 
 

 

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* EEK-O-FABULOUS *
Vintage Halloween
 
Conjure spooky Halloween fun with a throwback to times long past.
 
Money (and resources) can also be saved by celebrating old-school. Everything old is green again!
 
Try:
  • Antique Halloween e-cards (set the mood)
  • Create a creepy mantle. Ideas here or here.
  • Search E-Bay, Craigslist or Freecycle for vintage Halloween costumes
  • Serve old-school snacks (caramel apples)
  • Play old school games (bobbing for apples)
  • Hunt through your closets, cupboards and attic for things that will work for decor. Hit up garage sales and thrift shops. Think: black, white, old silver, candleabras, candle sticks, chandeliers, sheets, mirrors, leaf-less tree limbs, old typewriters (have a spooky message protruding), old cameras, old photos, books, clocks, windows frames, etc.
  • Use cheese cloth for spider webs on couches, tables, mantles and over walkways
  • Fill silver vases with handmade black paper flowers
  • Create "paranormal portraits" with old photos/paintings with eyes from magazines or drill holes for LED lights
  • Incorporate vintage bell or apothecary jars
  • Make a Halloween terrarium
  • Make the most of natural decor (pumpkins, gourds, hay, corn stalks)
  • Use black paint (there are now even better-for-you-and-planet spray paints) on everything from picture frames to pumpkins.
  • Use black paper and fabric to create shadowy ravens. Template here.
  • More ideas here.
     

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Old school games. Photo from CountryLiving.com

 

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Bring back some retro traditions like trick-or-treating for UNICEF. Read about its 60-year history and see cool black and white photos here.

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Download & print vintage-style labels. Affix to old glass jars.


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4 No Cost Ways to Celebrate
a Green Halloween

1. Go au natural - Go on a hunt outside and collect items from nature (legally, please). Branches, leaves, pine cones, rocks, moss, even shells can be festive elements in a seasonal display. Of course, if you have your own garden, in the summer, when you're planning what to plant, consider your decor as well as  your tummy and come fall you'll have an abundance of options to choose from.
 
2. Swap - Instead of buying costumes and decor - swap 'em! Organize a public or private swap and walk away with new-to-your family items that don't cost a dime.
 
3. Ditch the disposables - Don't buy stuff you're just going to through away. Reuse instead. Consider loot bags, party tableware, streamers and other decor.
 
4. Make f-r-e-e fun. Incorporate seasonal activities that make use of reclaimed, upcycled, repurposed items. A haunted house, a Halloween "tree" and costumes can be made entirely of materials you already own, can find in the recycle bin, or can borrow from others.
 
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And here are 4 great ways to SAVE:
 
1. Give out LESS. Whatever you are giving out, even if it's conventional candy, give out one (instead of the handfuls that have become the norm). One means less money, less waste and fewer calories to consume.
 
2. Use LED decorative lights. LED lights use 80-90% less energy than incandescent lights, saving you money over time. HolidayLEDs.com has fabulously festive LEDs in a variety of colors.
 
3. Give away treats that you won't be scared to give your kids after Halloween. No tossing required. Goodies like Larabars, Jammy Sammys and StretchIslad Fruit are healthy snacks for lunch boxes or on-the-go.
 
4. Combine. Activities as decor, activities with take home gifts, food as decor. However you slice it, combining elements saves money because it means you won't need to invest in both.
 

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Cook up healthy Halloween fun

 

Eating is fun, but eating a masterpiece you've created is even better.

So for your upcoming event, how about hosting a Halloween Pizza Bar?

Using whole wheat (or gluten-free) dough or bagel halves as a base for personal sized pies, offer your little ghoulish guests an assortment of healthy foods sporting Halloween colors: black, orange and of course, green. Yellows and browns add more fall flair.

Make a jack-o-lantern face or simply enjoy the display of color. Either way, we're sure this activity will be enjoyed (and consumed) with enthusiasm by all.

For more festive food ideas, visit GreenHalloween.org or see this post.


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Healthy costumes 101

 

  • Look for costumes made from 100% natural materials such as cotton or silk. Hemp and burlap are child and Earth-healthy and make great costumes.
  • Wool is naturally flame retardant (as opposed to many costumes which are sprayed with chemicals to keep them "safe") and is naturally water repellent (which comes in handy if you live in the Northwest!).
  • Dress infants in themed cotton onesies with matching hats instead of in polyester costume buntings.
  • If you do buy a costume off the rack or from thrift or consignment stores, be sure to wash well before allowing your child to wear it for the night. A few days in the freezer or exposure to high heat (e.g. in the dryer) will kill lice and bed-bugs.
  • Costume jewelry and accessories such as pumpkin treat carriers often contain chemicals such as lead (a neurotoxin). If you are unsure as to whether an item is safe, have it checked by an expert (do an Internet search for "lead testing" in your area), use an at-home lead testing kit, check to see if the item is included on this registry of unsafe items, or text the word KIDS and the item name or brand to 30644 to  find out whether or not the product is known to have heavy metals. If you are unsure or suspect that the item may be unsafe, find an alternative.
  • Avoid masks that cover the face and accessories that go in the mouth, such as fake teeth. They may contain heavy metals and chemicals (called phthalates) that make the plastic pliable.
  • Avoid most store bought face paints, even when labeled "non-toxic". An easy, make-your own recipe can be found here, with complete instructions here. Enjoy!

 

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In the next issue:

  • Why Green Halloween?
  • Free Toolkits for teachers & parents
  • Treats & treasures kids (and mom) will love
  • The Halloween Fairy - a "magical" solution

... and MORE!

 

 
 

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