How to Have a Green Halloween

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Leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are pouring and kids excitedly plan what they will be for Halloween. With all the excitement of fall and Halloween just around the corner, this year try something a little different when it comes to decorating your home. But individually wrapped chocolate bars, mini bags of chips and plastic decorations create a lot of waste every Halloween.

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1. Ghost Votives

These cute ghost votives are easy to make and give off a “Casper the Friendly Ghost” vibe and let’s be real - who doesn’t love Casper? Here’s what you’ll need and how to make them:

Materials:

  • Mason jars (for as many as you would like to make)

  • Cheesecloth

  • White glue

  • Scissors

  • Sharpie black marker

  • Tealight

  • Cardstock

Step One: Glue the cheesecloth on the outside of the mason jar. Keep the cheesecloth loose and longer than the length of the mason jar to give it that wispy ghost look.

Step Two: While you wait for the glue to dry on the mason jars, get out the scissors, cardstock and black marker. Cut out the eyes and mouth for your ghost and draw on any expression you want.

Step Three: Glue the ghost face on to the mason jar and now for the finishing touch - place the tealight inside and ta-da, you have your own little Casper!

2. Bat Branches

If you are running low on time and energy and just want a quick decoration to get in the Halloween spirit, then decorate your home with these bat branches. No prep necessary, simply take some black ribbon and cut strands to be about 20cm and tie the ribbons around the plants in your house. They will look like bats and will make the house look spooky in no time!

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3. Painted Pumpkins

These painted pumpkins are fantastic if you really want to keep your waste to a minimum this year. They don’t require any plastic and are biodegradable. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • pumpkins (mini gourds and white pumpkins work well)

  • biodegradable paint and brushes

  • newspaper

  • stencil *optional*

Step One: Lay down some newspaper around where you will be to avoid any unwanted mess.

Step Two: Choose what colours you would like to use and start painting your pumpkins. #C21 tip: Use the stencil on a white pumpkin, the colours really pop with the white background.

Step Three: Leave them to dry overnight and enjoy! Later, simply compost to prevent landfill waste.