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An eco-friendly and green Halloween, you say? Oh yes, it can be made a reality!

 

Of course, we don’t want to come across as a curmudgeon of the town, but that also doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Halloween without damaging the environment. So, let’s not make Halloween a nightmare for the environment and focus on how we can organise an eco-friendly Halloween bash instead.

 

Here are a few ideas and tips to help you make your Halloween an eco-friendly one.

 

Halloween Costumes

Most Halloween costumes available in stores these days are made from petrochemical–based plastics and synthetics, which are non-recyclable too. One of the worst types of plastics is polyvinyl chloride (PVC) – (a carcinogen to say the least), which releases harmful toxins in its creation and breakdown process.

So, why not stay clear of this toxin and stick to Halloween costumes made from natural materials and fabrics instead. You’ll be doing yourself, your children and the environment a whole lot of good.

 

Halloween Makeup

Look for non-toxic face paints and organic makeup this Halloween. With organic beauty products, you can rest assured that you’re not smothering your face with toxic ingredients. Some of the common toxins that are found in face paints and kids make up are predominantly lead, followed by chromium, cobalt and nickel, which can wreak havoc to your nervous system.

 

We do understand that organic beauty products don’t come cheap, so why not try making your own Halloween face paints instead?

All you need is:

1 1/2 tbsp. cocoa butter or thick organic lotion

3 tbsp. corn starch

Organic food colouring or bright flowers and berries

Instructions:

Mix the lotion and corn starch to create a thick paste. Use your preferred thick lotion that is organic and hypoallergenic to avoid rashes.

Add food colouring a drop at a time to the paste and mix it in until you achieve the desired colour.

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If using a natural dye alternative like berries or flowers you may have to follow a different process to release the colour.

You can squeeze pomegranate seeds, but a quick way to a deeper shade is to use a blender to make a juice and use a few drops to colour your paste.

 

You can also squeeze or juice berries of most types.

 

Boil flower petals in water in a small container in a microwave to release the colour. If working with children, using pre-packaged food colouring is the easier option.

 

Apply the paint to your face.

 

Halloween Decorations

Halloween is the next big celebration after Christmas and decorating for Halloween is definitely not something that’s taken lightly. Let’s leave the non-recyclable plastics out of our homes and try making some eco-friendly DIY Halloween decorations instead.

 

DIY decorations aren’t always a task from hell (as it can be for some of us).

Some of these ideas below are pretty simple to craft out.

 

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Spookify your garden by stuffing your old bed sheets with newspaper, leaves or any other scrap paper you have lying about, then tie it with a string to form a head and hang these ghosts from the trees.

Make yourself a Bloody Pillar Candle with this easy DIY project, by Vicky O’Dell, using candle wax to create the appearance of spooky, dripping blood.

What you’ll need:

  • White Pillar Candle
  • Red Taper Candle
  • Black Candle Holder
  • Matches or Lighter

(We recommend using all-natural soy or beeswax taper and pillar candles to create this Halloween candle, instead of the regular petroleum-derived paraffin wax.)

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Instructions for Candle:

This is a super easy idea that looks like it takes a lot more work than it actually does. All I did was put a white pillar candle on a black candle holder, light a red candle and let it drip down onto the top and sides of the white candle. Easy!

Note: Please don’t let children do this craft and make sure to not leave burning candles unattended.

Table Decorating Inspiration

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Halloween Pumpkins

Shop at your local farmers market and buy organic pumpkins. Organic means lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers, more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment. This means that you will not only be supporting your local farmers, but will also be protecting the environment, and you’ll be eating healthy too. It’s a ‘WIN-WIN’ all the way!

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Halloween Treats

Once you’ve got your hands on those gorgeous organic pumpkins and are done carving them, don’t throw the pulp away. You can use the pulp to treat your family and friends to some delicious pumpkin spiced goodies.

We have for you, a simple and easy-to-prepare pumpkin spiced treat, which is guilt-free too! And no, it’s not too good to be true. This pumpkin ice cream is just too tempting to resist. Did we mention that it’s dairy free too? Ooh yes, they are! The perfect treat for all those with dairy and/or lactose intolerances, and also for those of you who want to satisfy your sweet cravings and not have to worry about adding on the extra pounds.

Clean Eating Pumpkin Ice Cream

Author: Tiffany | Recipe type: Dessert | Serves: 6 pumpkin-ice-cream-v-1-the-gracious-pantry-bee-green-lifestyle-magazine-blog

Ingredients

  • 4 medium bananas, sliced and frozen overnight
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice, no sugar added if purchased

Directions

  • Using a food processor, blend the bananas, pumpkin, maple syrup, and pumpkin spice thoroughly.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 24 hours.

For more clean eating recipe inspiration, please visit The Gracious Pantry

 

Let us know if you’ve attempted any of our suggestions. Also, if you have other DIY tips, ideas and/or pumpkin spiced recipes for Halloween, feel free to share them either on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. We do enjoy getting creative and are always on the look out to be inspired!

 

 

Happy Halloween!

 

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