This adorable trick-or-treater was photographed by Holli Dunn Photography for an organization called Green Halloween. We are so glad we found out about this non-profit, grassroots community movement in the Seattle area, which is now going nationwide (congrats!).
Green Halloween encourages parents, schools, and communities to "think outside the candy box" and create green holiday traditions for healthier families and a healthier earth. They have an extensive list of green costume, treat, and decorating ideas, including links to organic treats and recycled or green toy ideas to hand out to trick-or-treaters.
Here are some of our favorite ideas this year from Green Halloween:
*Trick-or-Treat bags: Green treat and treasure bags may be made out of old pillow cases, used shopping bags, purses, or sewn out of fabric. Kids love to decorate their bags and make them their own.
(Check out this adorable bag we found on Craftblog.com with a lovely tutorial!)
*Green Halloween treats and treasures need not be purchased. Handmade items, especially those made out of recycled and natural materials can be easy, fun and inexpensive – not to mention, thoughtful. Books such as The Children’s Year and Earthways have tons of great ideas for unique, easy-to-make, seasonal gifts.
*Shakable flashlights are battery free and fun for kids to use.
*Candy Alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters:
- Adhesive "bandages" with pirate, black cat and other fun themes (one per child. Great for older kids!)
- Barrettes or other hair thing
- Charms or beads
- Stickers or temporary tattoos
- Pencils: from recycled plastic, recycled denim or recycled money
- Tattoos: custom or recycle-themed
- Coloring books: Earth-friendly themes
- Organic fruit leather
- Shoe laces: custom printed and recycled
- Soy crayons
- Spinning tops
- Bookmarks with recycling themes
- Door hangers
- Hand fans
- Soy candles
- Organic granola/breakfast bars
- Trial-size toothpaste
- Applesauce snack packs
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