The celebration of the much-loved holiday Halloween finds its roots in the ancient Celtic festival “Samhain,” a celebration of the end of the harvest season. The Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and that the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. During ritual celebrations, masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits and appease them.
Today, we also celebrate the holiday wearing a variety of costumes as we trick-or-treat and party. To celebrate in style and in an eco-friendly fashion, here are some fun GREEN crafts to enjoy and share in preparation for this year’s celebration!
Edible Halloween Treats and Arrangements
While Halloween is a time when candy flows abundantly, think on the healthy side. Create these fun fruit and candy arrangements by peeling bananas, rolling them in coconut flakes and creating eyes out of chocolate morsels or raisins. Place them on a Popsicle stick or chopstick in a painted Styrofoam holder for a ghoulish treat!
Thrifty and Reusable Halloween Costumes
Ever have a tough time deciding on a costume for Halloween? With a little ingenuity and imagination, you probably have several fantastic costume ideas hanging in your closet! Here are some great ideas for thrifty and reusable costumes from a SustainableVentura.TV article from October 2012
Halloween Centerpieces and Decorations
Create these fun centerpieces and candy containers by painting terracotta pots with your favorite Halloween designs. Fill them with a variety of items — candy, soaps, potpourri, cookies, flowers, plants and more!
Sew a Halloween Reusable Candy Bag
Break out that sewing machine and whip up a reusable cloth Halloween bag to use on Halloween night as well as for school or work! Add your name or loved one’s name to a bag for an extra special personal touch!
Create Halloween Candles to Decorate Your Home and Hearth
Using elements from nature, fill a candleholder with acorns, pretty colored stones, shells or other non-flammable objects. Then, surround the candle with harvest-colored autumn vegetables and pinecones for that warm harvest ambiance.
Make Jack-o’-Lanterns and Luminarias Out of Tin Soup and Coffee Cans
Better Homes & Gardens shares a great idea of how to make Jack-o’-Lanterns and Luminarias out of tin soup and coffee cans. Do your own DYI project today! Visit: Better Homes & Gardens
Things That Go BUMP and BOO! In the Night: Turn Old Milk Jugs into Glowing Halloween Ghosts
Here’s a great decorating idea using old plastic milk containers and juice cartons.
Light up your Halloween with this creative idea. For directions, visit: CutoutandKeep.net
Old Sheets Create the Perfect Halloween Décor
At one time or another, most everyone has cut two eyeholes into an old white sheet and worn it as a Halloween ghost costume. Here’s another creative decorating idea for your old white sheets — shred the sheets and hang them from the ceilings and furniture to create dangling webs! Get more information from: HomeEdit.com.
Got Packing Styrofoam?
If you’ve ever purchased electronics or large appliances, you’ve had the opportunity to be the recipient of large pieces of Styrofoam. Before you throw it away (Styrofoam is NOT recyclable), here’s a fun Halloween decorating idea to create unique graveyard tombstones to decorate your home and landscape from: About.com.
HAVE A HAPPY, GREEN HALLOWEEN!
-Maryann Ridini Spencer for SustainableVentura.TV