This Halloween, Think Green

"Snake on a Galactic Plane"
Happy Halloween 
from NASA (!

Consumers are expected to spend more than $ 3,000,000,000 on Halloween candy, costumes and goodies this year. That's a lot of crumpled candy wrappers, party goods, and costume parts in the next day's trash. So this Halloween, why not think green? Putting together a green Halloween is as easy as an orange and black one. Here are ten tips for an earth-friendly holiday.

1. E-mail party invites rather than snail-mail them.

2. Serve healthy foods made from seasonal items such as apples and pumpkins. Serve cider hot or cold.

3. Buy seasonal items from a farmer's market. They taste better and it saves energy. Most U.S. foods travel an average of 1,300 miles before reaching us, burning large amounts of fossil fuels. Buying directly from the farmer cuts out the "middleman" and increases the farmers' profits.

4. Make use of all pumpkin parts.  After carving a pumpkin, save the seeds to bake and serve to guests or feed directly to the birds. Compost the pumpkin carcass.

5. Use re-usable plates, cups, utensils, napkins and tablecloths. Paper party goods can be expensive and creates landfill waste.

6. Make your own costume or buy one at a second-hand shop.

7. Give out healthy treats.

8. Use a a recyclable bag or basket to collect treats. 

9. Don't litter.

10. Experience nature.


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