When it comes to purchasing decorations, whether for indoors or out, try and think long term. We store all of our decorations in one giant bin. Every year we use the same skeletons, ghosts and scarecrows. Not only is this cutting down on the number of disposable Halloween items we are also creating traditions for our family. I remember as a little girl we always brought out a haunted house candle every year…never burned it…but it was our little tradition.
Halloween is a great holiday for the DIYer. If you are not particularly “crafty” then this is the holiday for you. The worse a decoration looks – the better – it just look creepier! (find out how to make this ghost chain next week)
Every year my daughters create many, many pictures for Halloween. I keep those items in a large ziploc bag, inside my Halloween bin, and pull them out and hang them up. I love looking at how their skills have progressed over the years. The ghost at the bottom of the picture was made by my eldest daughter in 2006..she was barely 3 years old!
Yes, it is fun filling up endless bags with candies on Halloween night. But, seriously there is no prize for the kid with the most candy. Try and stop collecting candy at a reasonable point. I know if your kids are out on their own this is a tough one to control. Setting reasonable limits is okay. All that candy means more garbage and more calories for you. Enjoy the walk on Halloween night, getting out and chatting with friends and neighbours is part of the magic.
In our neighbourhood we can put our pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns in the compost. Check and see if your town picks up pumpkins…or compost in your own home compost pile. Just cut it up first, to help it decompose faster. Don’t forget to bake your pumpkin seeds! When you are cleaning out your pumpkin, keep the seeds. Separate them from the stringy flesh. Pop them on a baking sheet and place them in a 350F oven for 10-15 minutes…until golden brown. Remove them from the oven and sprinkle with salt or other seasonings. Enjoy.
I would love to suggest skipping the store bought candy and handing out homemade cookies or treats, but I know that’s not realistic. The days of handing out cookies is long gone. However, if we try and think about how much we are consuming then maybe we can spend a little less time throwing out candy wrappers and more time laughing with our kids.