Year after year, on October 31st, people of all ages come together to celebrate Halloween – the holiday that consists of bobbing for apples, dressing up in outrageous costumes and eating a lot of candy. However, there are multiple ways to switch things up and stay green on this spooky day.
1. Save the Seeds
After that pumpkin carving party, why not roast the seeds for a quick, healthy treat – sprinkle them with ground ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar, mixed with salted butter, pop them in the oven at 350 for fifteen minutes. You’ll wish you had more pumpkins to carve after you taste these!
2. Do It Yourself
If you’re like me, you might have waited 'til the last minute to come up with a costume for tomorrow night’s festivities. Instead of rushing out to the gimmicky Halloween stores around town and spending close to $100 on a costume, head to your closet and see what’s hiding in there. Have a flannel and a pair of jeans to go with your Boulder boots? Throw them together, draw some stitch marks on your face – boom, you’re a scarecrow. It’s quick, simple, fun and it didn’t cost you a thing!
3. Trick-or-Treating Candy Sacks
Rather than using those cheap plastic pumpkin baskets that you can pick up from the dollar store, why not use something you already have to carry all those tasty treats? Use an old pillowcase or a reusable shopping bag – even a backpack or purse. They’re bigger in size and will be sure to hold all that loot you’re going to get!
4. Healthy Treats
Instead of putting your Trick-or-Treaters in a sugar coma, hand out a healthy alternative at your house. Justin’s all-natural almond butter, raisins, granola bars or honey sticks make for a healthy treat that most kids will be sure to enjoy. Alternatively, stop at Trader Joe’s and pick up some organic lollipops – they come with about 10 lollipops in each container and in a multitude of flavors.
5. Walk, Don’t Drive
Put on your favorite Lems shoes. Leave your car at home. Spend time outside. Even bring your dog with you – and walk around the neighborhood for Trick-or-Treating. You’re more than likely to engage in friendly conversation along the way, ending Halloween night with happy, healthy Trick-or-Treaters.