If you’re a teen, are you afraid of the breakouts your skin will have after Halloween?
If you’re a parent, are you afraid of your child turning into a living nightmare?
If you’re opening your home to trick or treaters, do you feel good about the treats you’re giving out?
Last year, I took my 5 year-old trick or treating...and like all children, he was excited to see what he had gotten from neighbors. That’s when I got spooked at the scary-looking candy that rolled onto the table. It didn’t look good, it didn’t smell good and I needed a plan...fast!
So....I got a big bowl, filled it with a little water and convinced my son that we were going to make a witch’s brew with the candy. Wasteful? You may think so, but I felt strongly that I was saving my son from eating things I didn’t trust to be good or safe for him.
And, I found out that with some creativity, you can change how you celebrate Halloween...so it’s healthier, less wasteful, more fun and even makes the world a better place!
1. Get Off the Candy Train: Hand out mini organic raisins or those mini oranges called cuties.
2. Surprise your trick or treaters with something different like seed packets, organic herbal tea bags, soy or beeswax crayons, or recycled pencils.
4, If you love crafts, create Halloween bookmarks or decorate pinecones or interesting rocks you’ve collected on a nature walk.
5. If you really want to give out candy, there are some choices with better ingredients such as Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops.
6. Add your name to Green America’s message to Hershey to change their labor practices. Here’s why: Hershey is the only US manufacturer of chocolate that has refused to adopt any type of labor certification....meaning, they use child labor. You can help make a difference by joining Green America’s Raise the Bar Hershey campaign and signing their petition about Fair Trade that will go to five of Hershey’s top executives.
7. Participate in Eek-o-Halloween a grassroots campaign that is part of Green Wish - a Los Angeles based non-profit dedicated to helping local, green organizations fund projects for their communities. Ed Begley, Jr. and Rachelle are both Board Members. This program is ready-made to be part of a school’s curriculum....here’s how:
Just one other Halloween tip...
To make your Halloween a safe one, don’t forget to take a flashlight. Our eco-favorite is the solar-powered BoGoLight...its lightweight, Halloween orange, throws a flood of light, lasts 6 hours, and outperforms conventional flashlights in every way.
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Wishing you a healthy and safe Halloween.