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10 Ways to Green Your Halloween

By Greennii
October 17, 2012; 2:42 PM ET

Want to get on board with making Halloween healthier for kids and the planet but don't know where to start? Green Halloween™ has 10 easy ideas that will help you celebrate an EEK-O fab holiday while keeping all the F-U-N.

Get a jump start. Unless you're a Halloween junkie, like most moms, you likely hit the stores the week (or even hour) before the festivities begin. But greening your Halloween is a lot easier if you take just a little time to plan. Not too much, just a bit - we promise.

Planning allows you to save money (last minute purchases = impulse buys) and to assemble eco-friendlier items from treats or treasures to décor without the stress that comes from last-minute decision making.

So grab a notebook and make a list of what you need. Do you want to hand out organic candy? Have your kids make their own costumes from what you've got on hand, or even second hand? Whip up your own face paints to avoid chemicals in commercial brands? Honestly, none of this takes much time when you plan ahead.

Get the kids on board. The second secret to pulling off a green Halloween is to get kids to buy in - by your positive attitude. Children who are told out of the blue, "We're not going to buy you a new costume this year," or "No candy for you!" certainly won't be interested in supporting green efforts.

You know your children best, but a great way to approach them is by selecting one or two ideas from the list below and asking, "What would you think if...." You may be surprised that when you approach from a positive framework, i.e." This is going to be a lot of fun and we're going to make it happen together"-most children will get excited.

Once you're got your shopping list and your kids enlisted, it's time to carve out your eco-friendly options.

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