Trick or Green Treat?
- Institute a household trade. Allow your children to trick-or-treat, let them pick a few pieces of candy to eat, then offer them made-up currency—Colwell-Lipson suggests “pumpkin points”—for each piece they trade in. With enough currency, they earn a non-candy treat, whether it’s an activity they’ve wanted to try or something else they’ve been eyeing. If it’s doable in your area, recycle or compost the leftover snacks.
- Compost the pumpkin. After the last trick-or-treaters head home and the holiday buzz subsides, you'll still probably have a jack-o-lantern staring you in the face. Don’t dump it in the garbage, but instead, compost it. If you don’t have a bin at home (here’s how to start one, if you want to learn), search for composting in your city, like these from New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Need any more motivation to make small changes this Halloween? Check out these stats from the U.S. Census: In 2008, there were 36 million would-be trick-or-treaters and Americans consumed 23.8 pounds per capita of candy.