A Modern Take on Trick or Treating

Guest post by blogger Tillia Griffin

Halloween has come again, bringing with it ghosts, goblins, superheroes, and of course, candy! Unfortunately, that also means buckets and pillowcases full of plastic. There’s nothing sweeter than grabbing a handful of Snickers, Reeses Cups, and my favorite, Twix. But after all the chocolate, caramel and nougat are gone, you’re left with piles of plastic wrappers that will inevitably end up in a landfill. 

To protect the environment many of us are changing the ways we buy, eat and live, extending to the ways we celebrate holidays. So — speaking of Halloween — what can we do to balance protection of the environment with traditional trick or treating fun? Below are ideas for alternative, plastic-free options to hand out this year!

If you want to keep it traditional by still handing out candy, you can opt for brands that are packaged in more eco-friendly wrappers such as cardboard boxes, including Nerds, Dots and Junior Mints, or foil-wrapped candy such as Hershey’s Kisses, Andes Cremes, or Chocolate Foil Wrapped Coins. As an added benefit, many of the foil-wrapped options can be bought in bulk online or in stores, as a more cost-friendly option.  

If you’re a fan of crafts, more creative options are sure to be a hit among kids and their friends. Try handing out pencils, rubber stamps, or mini-notebooks. Or create interactive treats with friendship-bracelet and origami kits. A few strands of colored string and beads or pieces of colored origami paper with a small sheet of instructions are sure to keep kids entertained and free from a sugar high.

Comic book shops sell packets of Halloween-themed comic books. You might even find super cheap children’s books at your local used book store or weekend yard sales. 

For the collectors and adventurers out there, pennies, rocks, seashells, keychains, and mini flashlights are unique treats that will stand out among all the candy and inspire a sense of curiosity in kids. These alternative ideas are sure to be fun and will make your house remembered by everyone!

Halloween is about so much more than candy; it’s a chance to inspire creativity and enjoy time with friends and family. By offering plastic-free tricks and treats, we are not only serving the welfare of the planet in the moment but instilling new ideas for future generations. Who knows, in 10 years plastic-wrapped candy may be the abnormal item in the candy bucket.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

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