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How to Stay Green While Preparing for Halloween Costumes

Americans are expected to spend $5.77 billion dollars for Halloween this year, most of that money being spent on costumes and decorations made of hazardous materials that you do not want near you or your children.
Save money and the environment by going green this Halloween.
Americans are expected to spend $5.77 billion dollars for Halloween this year, most of that money being spent on costumes and decorations made of hazardous materials that you do not want near you or your children.

Halloween is classically known for trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, hay rides, telling ghost stories, and several other fun activities, but many people don't realize the amount of harmful chemicals they are exposing themselves and their children to during the holiday.

Here are some helpful tips.

Try to avoid buying plastic costumes.  Soft vinyl, similar to shower curtain material, contains polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, which releases dangerous chemicals.  Plus, they can't be recycled and often fall apart easily.

A greener alternative would be to make your own.  Cut up those old overalls and borrow a straw hat from a friend.  Experiment with organic make-ups, and trade costumes with a friend if you have more than 1 party to go to.

Decorating your house with lights and blow-up characters can hang a price tag on the environment that's just as costly as your electric bill. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 39% of the total energy consumed in America is used to generate electricity.  Because most of the electricity in the United States is generated from fossil fuels, using unnecessary amounts of electricity is contributing to our carbon footprints and leaving a negative impact on the environment.

Instead, try decorating with pumpkins, gourds, straw bales, and corn husks.  These are all natural fall decorations that you can find at a local farmers market or maybe even in your own backyard.  Use organic soy candles to light your carved pumpkins along the sidewalk, avoid paraffin and wax candles, which release toxic chemicals like toluene and benzene through smoke and soot.

Save money and the environment by going green this Halloween.

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