The countdown to Halloween is on, and it’s time to transform your home into a festive, spirited, spooky dwelling. Leave the scary, giant footprints to Frankenstein’s creature, and tread lightly on the planet with these easy, eco-friendly tips for Halloween inspired decor.
What little ‘pumpkin’ doesn’t want to carve and decorate a pumpkin for Halloween? These orange beauties are synonymous with the season, and there’s no need to squash your eco-mindedness to welcome one into your home. Bask in the goodness of every last bit of your pumpkin. Buy a pesticide-free pumpkin at a local, organic farm. Roast and enjoy the seeds, and check out 30 Ways to Eat a Pumpkin at lifehacker. Don’t trash your jack-o-lantern once he loses his shine. Use this opportunity to start composting, or add ‘jack’ to your existing compost pile.
Light the way with soy candles and leave the frightening petroleum and paraffin out in the dark. The 100% natural soy, hand poured Candy Corn votives shown above are available on Etsy from VivaLaViolette. Their autumn pear scent is derived from a clean, smoke free burn. With regard to candle safety and Halloween, this is what the National Fire Protection Association advises:
“Use flashlights or battery-operated candles when illuminating Jack-o-lanterns. Use extreme caution when decorating with candle lit Jack-O-Lanterns, and supervise children at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside Jack-O-Lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches and be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn including doorsteps, walkways and yards.”
Arachnophobia sufferers, beware! The Spider Net Lights shown above are sure to give everyone the creeps! No need to fumble around with cotton, disposable webs, when you can use and re-use this tangle free wire mesh that drapes over bushes and shrubs. Each net has 150 orange mini-lights, and 12 spiders that are illuminated with a red, energy efficient, LED light.
Get kids in on the Halloween decorating action with window paints. The Window Decorating Paints shown above will encourage artistic expression while leaving no waste. Children can let their imaginations go wild, creating ghosts, bats, owls and goblins on the windows with these non-toxic paints. No need to worry that your windows will always depict a ghost’s soul, as these paints are easily removed with water.
Go get busy adding some haunt to your house!