The arrival of autumn means pumpkins are trending! Our family always enjoys a trip to the pumpkin patch, making homemade pumpkin pies and expressing our creativity through pumpkin carving contests! Pumpkins are good for other things too, such as baking and even shopping local. Our Eco-friendly Halloween tips include creative ideas for pumpkins as well as ways your family can save money and create recycled decorations.
Make Not-So-Traditional Pumpkin Delights
Steve Smith, Head Chef at Bohemia persuades you to banish the bland pumpkin soup in favor of altogether more tasty options.
Ditch your usual pancake recipe in favor of Pumpkin Pancakes. Simply puree a cup of pumpkin and mix it together with buttermilk along with the usual pancake ingredients to create a stack of perfectly fluffy pumpkin cakes.
Combine pumpkin with chick peas and coconut for a delicious Pumpkin Curry dinner for the whole family. Make this dish some time ahead of serving so that all the wonderful flavors can fully develop.
Savory Pumpkin Risotto is a great dinner party dish. The pumpkin pieces add texture and substance to the popular rice dish, making it the ultimate autumn comfort food to enjoy on a cozy winter night.
Take a Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
Vising the pumpkin patch is a great way to enjoy a day out with your family. Kids will learn where pumpkins come from at your local farm! You’re also supporting the farm directly as your kids interact in a farming environment and choose their own pumpkins.
Save the seeds to roast and add to salads or just eat on their own as a tasty and nutritious snack!
Decorate with Eco-Friendly Designs
Skip the “spiderweb” plastic on your bushes in favor of more environmental friendly decorations. Kids can help create paper cut-outs to decorate windows (which can be stored flat and saved for next year). Cover formed chicken wire with cheesecloth to create floating ghosts in the yard. Use tin cans for walkway luminaries. You can even drill holes in the sides to create a design and add to the flickering light effect. Best of all, you can recycle the decorations at the end of Halloween that you don’t wish to keep until next year.
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Make Your Own Costumes & Make-Up
Save money by creating a brilliant costume from up-cycled thrift store purchases. Kids will love using their creativity to mix and match pieces to make a one-of-a-kind costume! You can also mix up your own face paint to avoid the toxins commonly found in commercially available Halloween face paints. By making your own face paint, you can control all of the ingredients and get to do a kid-friendly creative activity too!
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Choose Sustainable Candy or Candy Treat Alternatives
Halloween should be fun for everyone, but neighborhood trick-or-treating may not be an option for kids with food allergies. Look for organic and/or sugar-free candy options at your local store or hand out fun candy alternatives. Art supplies, stickers and small toys are great “treats” that will also give kids something to do when all the festivities are over.
Place a teal pumpkin – the color of food allergy awareness –in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available. The Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This worldwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. It keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!
Bring A Reusable Bag
A reusable shopping bag is a top trick-or-treat must have! Bags are less likely to spill than the iconic Halloween buckets and you can use a plastic-free container such as a reusable bag for other purposes after the holiday. You could also make your own coordinating reusable treat bag to give your costume some extra flair!
These tips can help your family save money while you make some classic fall memories and enjoy a creative Halloween!
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Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.