Week 25 - A Spooky and Green Halloween
I am the first to admit I love Halloween but not the overtly commercial Halloween that has appeared in the UK over the last few years. For me (and the boys) it's all about the ghoulish food, the dressing up and the not having to dust away the cobwebs in the weeks preceding Halloween! It is NOT about heading to the shops to buy stuff from the shelves that bear ever increasing amounts of plastic Halloween merchandise that we actually do not need. Here then are the 7 ways I have a Spooky and GREEN Halloween.
7 great ways to have a Green Halloween
Instead of buying a pumpkin for Halloween why not grow your own. If you can't grow one then aim to buy a locally produced one from a small producer such as a farm shop or farmer's market. Don't forget you can make soup from the flesh and roast the seeds and when it's all over you can compost your pumpkin remains. If you are growing a pumpkin why not also grow some purple carrots which, when added to a pumpkin stew, give it the macabre look of containing fingers.
2. Make your own Halloween Costumes
Kids (and a lot of adults too) love to dress up at Halloween but before you head to the shops to buy a new costume that is most probably made from synthetic materials and imported from afar think what else you can do. Why not swap costumes with friends or make something exiting from your old clothes. Your local charity shop is a great place to buy cheaper clothes if you need to cut some up for a zombie costume ... with ketchup for blood of course!
3. Trick or Treat
You don't need to buy a mass-produced plastic bucket or suchlike for your children's hoard of sweets. Instead look round the house for something suitable which, if needs be, you can decorate beforehand. If you are providing goodies for trick or treaters, rather than buying plastic wrapped sweets, make you own treats such as sweets or small cakes and wrap them in tissue or greaseproof paper.
4. Have an Electricity Free Halloween
Make the evening even more spooky by using no lights in the house. Light it with beeswax candles rather than paraffin-based ones.
5. Make your own Halloween Decorations
Get crafty with the papier machée, use horticultural fleece as a table cloth, create cardboard bats to hang from the ceiling ... just be as creative as you can. But if you are really no good at crafting or struggling to find the time then look out for local producers making sustainable Halloween decorations from natural materials on such places as Etsy.
6. Halloween Food
I think this is my favourite part of Halloween, eating spooky food. The supermarkets shelves will be groaning under the weight of over-packaged, high sugar foods so for a green Halloween give these a miss and make your own devilish dinner. How about preparing a Witch's stew served in a pumpkin shell, followed by these creepy tombstone buns?
7. Attend a Local Halloween Event
Has your local cinema got a scary show you can watch or does your nearest country park run spooky night-time walks or events? Attending these local events helps support your local community which is great for everyone.
How do you plan to celebrate Halloween? Have you any ghostly, ghoulish or suitably scary food, costumes or decorations planned?