Halloween can be filled with waste if it is not done right. Decorating your house for Halloween is no different. I love decorating my house for Halloween and fall and I do not have to ruin the planet in the process. Here are some of my favorite tricks and treats on how to decorate.
Seems to go without saying the pumpkins are a must for decorating. There are literally thousands of ways you can use pumpkins to decorate. The first thing you need to consider is where your pumpkins come from. If you have an organic pumpkin patch nearby then you are very lucky. If you need get conventional pumpkins I would not worry too much about it, they are not a crop that requires an excessive amount of pesticides (though any is too much for our environment honestly).
I recommend that you do not carve your pumpkins till a week before Halloween. Often small animals like to snack on the pumpkins and they ruin your decorations for the actual holiday. When you do carve your pumpkins take out as much of the pulp as you can and use it to make pumpkin pie. Also save the seed and use this recipe to make yummy pumpkin seeds (even if you do not like them make it and take to work, more people like pumpkin seeds than you know).
Fall and mums go hand in hand for me. I love the yellow and white mums but they come in other colors. I often want to buy TONS of them at the garden center and put one on every single step on my front porch and bunch around my door. If you get a good batch of mums they will come back next year. I have one mum in my backyard that my husband and I transplanted and it keeps coming back. I will admit this year it was not as full as it has been in past years but it still looks nice. So do not get rid of your mums, transplant them to a place in your yard that you do not normally have flowers.
I always get a bale of hay to put on my front porch to prop my pumpkins up on so you can see the pumpkins and mums from far away. It really adds to the fall feel of the decorations. In early November I take the bale of hay and break it apart and put it in my garden bed to keep the nutrients in the soil during the winter and keep the last bits of weeds at bay.
This is where you can really fall off the green wagon! Plastic, single use or other unnesssecary items seems to creep up at Halloween. For the sake of the planet avoid plastic decorations because they tend to break and end up in the landfill. The additional decorations I have in my house usually involve gourds and non-plastic decorations. One of my favorite decorations is a trick or treat sign I made that I can use year and after year and potentially give my kids to decorate their house when they have their own home (I have Christmas decorations from my parent and I cherish them).
Here is link to my Eco-Halloween Pinterest board to get some other eco-friendly ideas.
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