Have a Green Halloween !

Suggestions from the Sustainability Committee



Instead of buying pre-made plastic or vinyl costumes, browse thrift shops, flea markets, yard sales or your own closets for inspiration. That loud Hawaiian shirt, that poodle skirt, that tie-dyed tee, old bowling shirt or cowboy hat — they could all be the start of great costumes. There are many websites with ideas for homemade costumes — try Robin’s FYI


Instead of a plastic or rubber face mask, try non-toxic face decorating products. Old eye shadows can create bruises, wrinkles and scars.

Leftover Pumpkin

Add any leftover pumpkin to your garden compost bin or bring it to GrowNYC’s composting collection site at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket on Saturdays from 8am – 3:30pm.

Environmentally-Friendly Halloween Candy Containers

Instead of those plastic pumpkins, consider beach bags, small wicker baskets or cloth totes; little girls can carry Mommy’s old purses. If you want something new, Chico makes inexpensive, reusable Halloween bags – ChicoBag.

Halloween Candy

Choose organic candy — candy made with natural ingredients, free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Order candy from these companies online or look for them at your supermarket:

Yum Earth

Endangered Species

Equal Exchange – partners with farmer cooperatives in South America to make their chocolate bars.

Have a Happy and Green Halloween!