Sunday, October 31, 2010

4 No Cost Ways to Celebrate a Green Halloween

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1. Go au natural - Go on a hunt outside and collect items from nature (legally, please). Branches, leaves, pine cones, rocks, moss, even shells can be festive elements in a seasonal display. Of course, if you have your own garden, in the summer, when you're planning what to plant, consider your decor as well as  your tummy and come fall you'll have an abundance of options to choose from.
 
2. Swap - Instead of buying costumes and decor - swap 'em!Organize a public or private swap and walk away with new-to-your family items that don't cost a dime.
 
3. Ditch the disposables - Don't buy stuff you're just going to through away. Reuse instead. Consider loot bags, party tableware, streamers and other decor.
 
4. Make f-r-e-e fun. Incorporate seasonal activities that make use of reclaimed, upcycled, repurposed items. A haunted house, aHalloween "tree" and costumes can be made entirely of materials you already own, can find in the recycle bin, or can borrow from others.
 
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And here are 4 great ways to SAVE:
 
1. Give out LESS. Whatever you are giving out, even if it's conventional candy, give out one (instead of the handfuls that have become the norm). One means less money, less waste and fewer calories to consume.
 
2. Use LED decorative lights. LED lights use 80-90% less energy than incandescent lights, saving you money over time.HolidayLEDs.com has fabulously festive LEDs in a variety of colors.
 
3. Give away treats that you won't be scared to give your kids after Halloween. No tossing required. Goodies likeLarabarsJammy Sammys and StretchIslad Fruit are healthy snacks for lunch boxes or on-the-go.
 
4. Combine. Activities as decor, activities with take home gifts, food as decor. However you slice it, combining elements saves money because it means you won't need to invest in both.


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