Halloween approacheth! And though there’s not really anything to be scared about if you’re over the age of nine, one might feel some degree of trepidation at the thought of one’s passively smug environmental friends passing smug judgement on the greenness of one’s Halloween festivities.
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Be it a corporate or personal event, consider these green ideas to make your social anxiety a little less frightening:
1. Paper-Saving RSVPs
Instead of sending out paper invites, you could go green by using Peatix’s E-ticketing online and mobile platform for your personal or corporate Halloween party! It takes only a few minutes to set up the event page and serves as an effective way of getting RSVPs with many other tools to help you communicate with your guests including an in-app messaging feature!
2. Serving Food & Drinks the Environmentally Conscious Way
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Since food and drinks are (technically) biodegradable, we’re not too worried about going green on this other than urging you to go the extra green mile in using organic ingredients.
Something else we could do is to reduce waste! Make an educated guess on how much you might need based on the guests attending. No one likes a stingy host, but an excessive one puts food relief efforts to shame.
When serving food, choose to cut back on plastic cutlery and offer re-usable ones instead! Alternatively, if you’re feeling lazy, you could use compostable cutlery. Even if it might cost you slightly more time, money, or effort, it helps to think about the bigger environmental picture.
Last but not least, no Halloween party is complete without some red wine or fruit punch to add some thematic “gore”. Remember to recycle those drink bottles!
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3. DIY Decorations
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Pumpkin: the Halloween cult favorite, yet it could be so much more than a lame face! Pumpkin decorating with a modern touch is all the rage here. After the party, you could dig out all that awesome pumpkin flesh to concoct one of these 50 pumpkin dishes.
Trick or treat goodie bags are another quintessentially Halloween facet. Instead of plastic ones this year, how about re-using milk cartons?
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Other awesome DIY Halloween décor ideas using recycled books, tin cans, mason-jar covers, and even a solar lamp could amaze and inspire others to go green at future parties too.
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4. Themes with a Green Twist
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Themes can be a lot of fun, be creative! A slew of websites offer suggestions for Halloween party themes so instead of delving into an exhaustive list we’d like to suggest a slight twist. You guessed it, to go green! Get guests to use costume materials that can be recycled after the party like toilet paper, cardboard, old stockings and so on. You could also encourage renting costumes or costume swaps among guests! That way, they get re-used instead of being worn once and left to the forgotten depths of a wardrobe.
5. Green Games
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To spice up the night, here are three unique games that require mostly just humans and some reusable materials:
– “Halloween Film Festival Game” where your guests will charade a popular horror film with others taking a stab at what it might be.
– Murder in the Dark – A twist to the classic kids game, hide-and-seek, yet fun for adults and kids alike.
– The Grave Keeper – Kids will love this Halloween alternative to peek-a-boo.
6. The Aftermath
Re-use or recycle! Even consider upcycling some of that “trash” into handy items like making a pouch out of a Halloween candy wrapper. What a nifty idea.
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As you can see, it’s possible to go green and yet still have an awesomely fun Halloween party with all the quintessential Halloween components. May the green force be with you as you plan for your next Halloween party!