When you think of Halloween what do you think of? Is it the costumes, candy, decorations, or parties? Regardless of how you celebrate Halloween, you can do it in an environmentally friendly way. Here are a few simple steps to help green-up your Halloween festivities.

Reusable Bags

Instead of opting for the cheaply made PVC containing orange pumpkin candy container at your local grocery store grab a reusable grocery bag. Choose a high quality bag that you will use over and over again, or better yet use a bag you already own.

Make Your Own Costume

Instead of heading straight for the “plastic” costumes sold at most stores, consider making your own costume.  You can use items that you already have in your possession to really green it up. If you don’t have the items on hand, check out your local goodwill or thrift store for used costumes. Most of these costumes have only been worn once. You will get a deep discount, plus Mother Nature will thank you.

Earth Friendly Make-Up

It is hard to look the part of your favorite ghoul or witch without make-up, so consider using an eco-friendly make-up product. Personal Care products are filled with all kinds of unsettling chemicals and preservatives.  Check out Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database for rating on your favorite products.

The Goodies

Check out Green Halloween for lots of great tips on greening-up your goodies. Mass-produced and packages candies are not the only options. Consider passing out organic fruit snack packs, mini organic chocolates, or even small non-food items such as coins or seed packets.

Set the Mood

If you are like me, Halloween is a great time for candles. When purchasing a candle (even for everyday use) consider using a soy-based candle. There are so many soy candle options available today that don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Even Wal-Mart carries many brands of soy candles.

The Décor

Instead of purchasing the plastic skulls and bones consider using items from Mother Nature instead. Heading to your local farmers market can be a gold mine. Ears of corn and pumpkins are perfect Halloween décor. You may even want to break out a few hay bales for added effect. It doesn’t have to be “spooky” to be in season. Plus these decorations can remain up for the whole autumn season.

Greening up your holiday activities doesn’t have to ruin the day. With a little preparation you can be green and have a blast. What ways do you plan on greening up your autumn festivities?