Halloween often becomes an expensive and unsustainable holiday, but yours doesn’t have to be that way. After purchasing the costume, decorations and candy that bill can add up. So how can you have a sustainable holiday while also saving some money? Here are a few money-saving tricks that will make your Halloween all the sweeter:
Make a homemade costume! By using materials you already creating a costume doesn’t have to be expensive. Some suggestions include the traditional mummy (wear white, wrap head in toilet paper and rub dark makeup beneath eyes) , sports stars (wear one of your old sports jerseys), and a stalk of grapes (blow up green or red balloons and tape them to your clothes).
Halloween candy can be expensive. It can also contain high fructose corn syrup, processed chemicals, and preservatives. A good idea for a healthier candy that also supports a good cause is Endangered Species Chocolate. This chocolate is even produced in a LEED Platinum building! For sweet deals on prices visit chocolatebar.com.
From carving to baking pumpkins play an essential role in Halloween culture. Often people will opt to purchase pumpkins at the grocery stores where they are shipped in from far away and have jacked up prices. Purchasing pumpkins from local growers is more ecofriendly and also allows you to negotiate for a fair price. Don’t know where to find a local grower? Many states have online sites where you can search for local growers, such as Minnesota’s site http://www3.mda.state.mn.us/mngrown.
Follow these tips you’re set to enjoy an inexpensive ecofriendly Halloween!