“EEK-O” Friendly Halloween
It’s an exciting time of year – everywhere you look pumpkins are carved, costumes are on sale and the zombie hands coming out of our neighbour’s lawn nearly had us crash the car! It’s easy to get swept up in Spooky Season, and here are some top tips for a more sustainable Halloween – without missing out on any of the fun!
1. Be conscious of plastic
Try to reuse decorations or make your own. For Trick or Treat buckets, avoid the plastic ones – instead decorate an old pillowcase, bucket or handbag with the kids – which adds to the fun too! Pipe cleaner spiders, Mummy jar lanterns, sock pumpkins and hanging ghosts are easy, budget-friendly, eco-friendly and above all – fun!
2. Sugar rush
It’s fine to treat ourselves, but we can still make ethical choices! We have some great Trick or Treat options in the Honestly Farm Shops –organic lollipops, Irish chocolates and lots more. Toffee apples, paper-wrapped cake slices and cookies are all better than individually wrapped mini candies that generate tonnes of waste.
3. Costume Drama
It’s such a shame to see so many (often plastic) costumes bought, worn once and thrown away. Think up some DIY ideas with your friends and kids – surely there are bound to be some bold floral shirts or old wellies around that could be cut, painted or decorated into spooky costumes! Better again, let the kids raid your wardrobe and dress up as 80s you! This Head-in-a-Jar costume is sure to turn heads! Failing that, try renting a costume – The Ballina Costume Company has a rental section!
4. Pumpkin Spice
Carving pumpkins is one of the best parts of Halloween – there are some brilliant templates online. Please don’t throw away all the goodness inside though – pumpkins are a nutritious and delicious autumn staple. Try our Squash Salad or a lovely Pumpkin soup, and roast the seeds for snacks.
5. Treat yourself!
Pop in to Honestly Strandhill or Carrick-on-Shannon for a Pumpkin Spice Latte or try our seasonal treats! Pre-order your weekly shop online here: https://honestlykitchen.ie/shop/