As the nights draw in and crunchy leaves carpet the pavement, thoughts start to turn to cosy nights in, hot chocolate, pyjamas and….. Halloween.
For most people, Halloween conjures memories of sickly sweets in fluorescent colours, scratchy polyester costumes and the inevitable queasy stomach.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
We’re here to prove that you and your family can have a healthy, sustainable and organic Halloween without compromising on fun.
Sweet Treats Without the Trick
At this time of year, the shops are full of chocolate and sweets with enough sugar and artificial flavourings to make you weak at the knees. However, it is possible to find healthier alternatives. The benefits of going organic are endless, no matter the time of year!
Plamil Foods have created a dairy, wheat and gluten free Halloween themed chocolate box suitable for vegans. Their organic chocolate buttons are tasty enough to fool little mouths and make an easy swap for traditional milk chocolate.
For gummy treats, Goody Good Stuff make playful, animal shaped sweets without gelatine or food additives. Their fruity flavour is created by just that; fruit.
Or, instead of going shop bought, why not try making your own healthy Halloween treats with these vegan recipes:
You would never guess these colourful little creatures were made from a simple mixture of hemp, almonds, maple syrup and superfoods. Fashion your own spooky figures out of moldable marzipan to delight trick or treaters.
These vegan,gluten-free cupcakes are a fun take on the Halloween theme. Vegan vanilla cream creates a cute ghost balancing atop a moist chocolate cupcake.
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Tart
This tart is vegan, gluten, and refined sugar free. Using coconut oil to replace butter and pumpkin for sweetness, this is a more refined option to impress your grown-up guests. Find the full recipe here.
Spooky Spirulina Smoothie
For a much needed vitamin boost as the days grow colder, this green smoothie is an invigorating alternative for the Halloween period. Spirulina gives this drink a ghoulish natural colour and it would work well served with a spooky cocktail umbrella at a party.
Trick or Treat the Green Way
Another trick to make this Halloween your most sustainable yet is to swap plastic pumpkin buckets with pillow cases that have seen better days.
Send little ones out to collect their treats with their own decorated pillowcase that can be stored away for next year.
Kill two birds with one stone and have a linen cupboard clear-out while you’re at it.
While it’s tempting to grab a witch’s hat or a skeleton costume from the supermarket, the synthetic fabrics and toxic dyes used wreak havoc on the environment.
Here are some more sustainable alternatives:
Organise a costume swap with friends to recycle previous years outfits. It’s a good excuse for a get together and saves hassle, money and the environment by cutting down on shopping. After all, one person’s rubbish is another’s treasure!
Create your own creepy costumes. It’s surprising what can be done with odds and ends lying around the house. A dinosaur made of old sponges? A spider made of coat hangers? The kitchen cupboard is your oyster! Our favourites are still the classics. Transforming an old, worn bed sheet into a ghost costume is always a winner.
Be afraid of toxins
If you’re going for face paint, make sure whatever you’re putting on your face is good enough to eat. Take particular care to avoid makeup products containing lead and other toxins, especially for little faces.
Check for an organic certification label too. To be absolutely certain your Halloween makeup is free from the nasty stuff, why not make your own fake blood?
This vegan fake blood recipe uses organic products like maple syrup, cranberry juice concentrate and a drop of red food colouring to create a realistic, oozing liquid to splatter on victims and dribble down chins!
Go Green with Decorations
Halloween can often result in a mountain of rubbish and non-recyclable waste cluttering our living rooms and filling our bins.
Instead, go green with these decorating tips:
- If you decide to host a Halloween party or get together, swap single-use plastic cutlery, disposable plates and paper tissues for real tableware and organic cloth napkins.
- A simple way to make your celebration more sustainable and cut down on rubbish. If you don’t fancy washing up, grab some compostable disposable plates and cutlery and put your feet up knowing you’ve done your bit for the environment for the day.
- Time to get creative! Take this as an opportunity to get the children involved and search the house for inspiration. Old cardboard boxes can be transformed into tombstones with some papier mache and a few licks of non-toxic paint.
- Or upcycle tin cans into flickering lights to line the path to your door.
- A few holes punched into the surface is surprisingly effective.
A grinning pumpkin is symbolic of the season and no Halloween celebration would be without it. Luckily, this tradition is a lot eco-friendlier that some of the more commercialised aspects of Halloween.
However, there are still a few simple things we can do to ensure our pumpkin antics are as sustainable as possible:
- Source your pumpkin locally to cut down on your carbon footprint. A local farm shop is a safe bet as it’s likely your pumpkin will have been organically farmed without pesticides.
- Or, even better, grow your own! There’s nothing more satisfying than nurturing vegetables, watching them grow then reaping the benefits.
- Pumpkins are relatively easy to grow, all they need is some sunshine, lots of water and protection from cold winds. However, it can take up to 100 days for a pumpkin to reach maturity, so you best get planting!
- Once you’ve procured your pumpkin, it’s time to decorate. Nothing feels more like autumn than a glowing pumpkin at the window.
- Paraffin wax and artificial dyes found in most candles produce nasty chemicals when burnt which can lead to headaches and asthma outbreaks.
- Breathe easy with a non-toxic candle made of soy wax and essential oils with a cotton wick.
- To get maximum use out of your pumpkin, store it in a cool place so it can feature as an autumnal decoration further into the season.
- Once Halloween has passed, the flesh can be turned into a delicious, warming soup, while the seeds can be drizzled in oil and roasted for a healthy Halloween snack with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
- Once you have squeezed every last drop out of your pumpkin it’s time to say goodbye and dispose of it sustainably.
- Composting your pumpkin is easy, simply break it up and bury it in the garden!
Time to Relax
Once the celebrations are over, the crumbs have been cleared away and the costumes are safely back in the cupboard, it’s finally time to relax.
Why not make your own vitamin C body scrub out of leftover pumpkin and sugar?
Or alternatively, let someone else do the hard work for you and soak in pumpkin and grapefruit infused water with a sparkly bubble bar from Lush.
There’s nothing like slipping between soft, clean sheets after a long bath. Browse our full range of bedding and discover our collection of organic, Fairtrade cotton for a nightmare-free sleep.
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