Autumn is my favorite time of year. The weather
brings in fresh, cool breezes and suddenly it is time to put away
the swimming pool floats and get out your candles, scarves and
apple recipes. Autumn also brings us Halloween!
Here are easy ways to make the holiday greener and
healthier for your kids.
You can spend a small fortune at the store for a
costume that isn't even well-made and that your kids will only wear
once. Or you can go the environmentally-friendly route and create
costumes with your kids! Listening to my kids imagine what they
want to be and how they can create it is one of my favorite parts
of Halloween. After all, costumes are all about fun - even if they
are a little scary. We have enough "dress-up" and craft supplies in
the house that we can always create something pretty cool. Check
out these ideas for quick, fun and super easy
DIY costumes. You can also consider a
costume swap with other friends or neighbors.
Halloween treats should taste great and be
chemical-free. My family likes Unreal candies.
They are absolutely delicious and you would never know they are
non-GMO. The coloring is from real and natural sources - nothing
synthetic here. Pencils, creative shaped erasers, stickers and
organic lollipops are also great options! No tricks. Just
Face paint is so much fun and can be used to
inspire the most creative characters - however it should be
non-toxic. We absolutely love Natural
Face Paints from Glob. We use this paint
year-round for dress-up play.
Green treat bags
Create or upcycle your treat bag. Sew a cool
tee-shirt into a fabulous tote or another item that goes with your
costume. How about a
beach pail for a surfer costume or a basket
for an Organic Farmer costume?
Going trick-or-treating is fun but we can't control
the types of treats our kids get. After an evening of trick-or-
treating, exchange your child's treat bag with a goodie bag you
have created for them. Organic treats, small toys, an autumn book
or an autumn family movie (Goonies, Pooh's Heffalump Halloween,
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Trick-or-Treat, The Adventures of Ichabod
and Mr. Toad) are great options! A new toothbrush doesn't hurt
Nicki, founder of Little Island Studios, is extremely passionate about family fun, creating new recipes, and designing play spaces for kids! She is the mother of a teen, tween and toddler.
See more of Nicki's stories here.
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