a very spooky time. Ghosts, goblins, witches and monsters fill
the streets and eerie jack-o-lanterns cast an eerie glow. But
do you know what is the scariest thing about Halloween? Its the
amount of garbage we create at this time of year. Thats very
Why not try
a greener Halloween this year? Fill up your loot bag instead of
the landfill by trying some of these ideas
a costume. Make one! Use your imagination. Check your attic, basement
and your parents closet to find a treasure trove of wonderful
materials to make your costume. Some of Mom and Dads clothes
from the 1970s might be scary enough to make the entire neighborhood
years costume with a friend to get the most wear out of your
creation. Youll be a true original and a better environmental
If you dont
have time to make your own costume, consider renting rather than
buying a costume. A rented costume is used many times over. That
means less waste going to the landfill.
instead of a mask. Its safer and means less waste. But dont
buy over-packaged makeup kits. Choose materials that can be used
again next year
and the year after!
Go green by turning something
orange into something black!
Dont throw your jack-o-lantern away. Roast your pumpkin seeds.
Theyre delicious! After Halloween is over, use him to make a delicious pie
or tasty muffins or send him to your compost pile. As your jack-o-lantern
decomposes, he will create a rich fertilizer for next years garden.
batteries in your flashlight. Theyre safer for the environment.
If you do use regular batteries, ensure that you save used batteries
for the household hazardous waste day in your community.
Make your own
loot bag by decorating an old pillowcase or bucket.
Remember not to litter!
Make your dentist
proud! Instead of passing out candy, give durable items instead.
Colorful pencils, erasers and markers will last much longer than a
piece of candy and wont harm your teeth.
Make your own
Halloween decorations. Stuff old clothes with newspapers and straw
and add a pumpkin head to make a scarecrow. Make pâpier maché
bats, spiders and masks. Click here to find out how you can make a
skeleton man from your old milk jugs. After you are
finished with your skeleton man, you can save him for another year
or take him apart and put him in your recycling bin!
Guys characters are provided courtesy of
the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control