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How to make your Halloween more treat than trick

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Because having fun at Halloween doesn’t have to cost the Earth…


By Rose Munday

It’s Halloween tomorrow (woo). And there’s something about the last day of October that makes us revert back to children. We’re not sure if it’s the notion of free candy or our secret desire to wear fancy dress every day of the year, but whatever it is, we love the Halloween.

We know everyone’s trying to be a bit thrifty just before Christmas so check out these money (and planet) saving tips to help you have a cheap and green Halloween…

Make your own
Your home-made spooky costumes can be as creative as you want them to be. If you’re up for a challenge there are all kinds of ghostly things you can do with sheets, bin bags and scary face paints. If that seems like too much effort, draw some bones on old black clothes with Tipp-Ex and – voilà, you’re a skeleton!

Getting arty not for you? As massive charity shop enthusiasts, we think this is the perfect excuse (not that we need one!) to check out our gran’s fave hangout and see if anyone has donated any old costumes. Plus don’t forget to see what your friends have lying around and swap among yourselves. No-one wants to be the person who rocks up in the same pumpkin costume every year, do they?!

Go organic
Trick or treat with a twist and give eager neighbourhood kids eco-friendly sweets (we bet they’ll like them just as much!). Some of our fave munchies are Cherry Cherries from Planet Organic and Chocolate Beans from Traid Craft. You can’t really go wrong with a product that uses natural flavours, treats the planet well AND puts a smile on a little neighbour’s face!

Turn out the lights
The spookiest way to have a Halloween party is definitely with the lights off! Deck your house out with eco-friendly candles such as this Creamy Vanilla Candle from Sentelle and save electricity for the night. Everyone’s costumes will look ten times creepier by candle light too!

Make Up
If the idea of slathering your face in chemical and additive-filled green face paint doesn’t appeal to you, we’d suggest using an eco alternative like this kit from Natural Earth Paint or better yet, making your own. The good thing about doing this is that you can make as much or as little as you need, rather than using a few dollops from a ready bought pot and it ending up in the back of your cupboard before getting chucked away. And you don’t need a whole host of expensive ingredients – the video below tells you how to make ghostly green face paint just out of cold cream, corn starch, water and a little food colouring…

frankensteinHere comes the science bit…

GC articles show you one of four ways (the one in bold) to live greener…

/ Be a winner (not a binner) /
/ Turn up the style (not the heat) /
/ Love the trend (not the spend) /
Do it in public (not the car/plane) /

Pic: PA images

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