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THE LIST: Five eco-friendly Halloween treat ideas


I don’t love Halloween. It’s a holiday which has always made me feel inadequate (although if I’m being honest, it’s my penchant for procrastination that is truly to blame). Scrambling last minute to put together a costume has left me feeling rather bah-humbug about Halloween over the years.

Now that I have a three-year-old daughter, my days of feeling blasé (read indifferent) about Halloween are over. In addition to having my daughter’s costume ready at least one week before (still working on that), another goal I’m setting this year is to give out more eco-friendly treat options at the door. Here are five ideas I’ve been brainstorming:

1. Boxed or foil wrapped chocolates

I was a fan of Junior Mints long before Kramer made them famous in the Seinfeld episode inside a doctor’s operating room. I’ll be keeping my eye out for them, or other paper-boxed chocolates, to hand out this Halloween. Foil wrapped chocolates are another good option since foil can also be recycled.

2. Canned drinks

When I was a kid there were two kinds of houses: The kind that gave out regular treats, and the kind that gave out cans of pop or full chocolate bars. A can of pop in my pillowcase was always a delight, but I would skip the pop and look for lower-sugar options for trick-or-treaters.

3. Bulk candy in mini paper bags

Giving out homemade treats like cookies sounds good in theory, however, homemade treats could actually be more wasteful because people won’t trust them and will throw them away. A cheaper option is to buy candy in bulk and divvy it up into small recyclable paper bags. You could put your name and phone number on the bags to ease the minds of parents.

4. Halloween-themed paper straws

My daughter loves brightly coloured paper straws, and we always have an assortment in the top kitchen drawer. Paper straws are recyclable, and something fun and different to give out at the door.

5. Fair-trade chocolate

Made following strict ethical guidelines, the price of fair-trade chocolate provides farmers and farm workers a feasible and continuous living wage. Fair-trade chocolate also doesn’t use child labourers or forced labour. It is more expensive, so if you don’t have many trick-or-treaters in your neighbourhood, fair-trade chocolate is a great option to consider.


This article was originally published on thechronicleherald

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