For some of us, Halloween is our favorite holiday. We get to dress up and pretend to be something we’re not, we have the bejesus scared out of us at haunted houses and we gorge ourselves on our fall food favorites.
However, there’s a lot about Halloween that’s way scarier than fun when it comes to the amount of chemicals and additives used in everything from the food and candy that we eat to the makeup that we wear on our faces. So this Halloween, why not go the organic route and opt to have your family celebrate the all-natural way.
Trick or Treats
I don’t know about you, but most kids come back with their candy bags stuffed with more processed sugar and chemicals than they do delicious, yet nutritious snacks and most of it is likely because that’s the easiest candy to buy that’s individually wrapped. There was a time when you could hand out homemade goodies, but that’s a tradition of the past, so you’ve got to find some candy that’s safely packaged and free from harmful additives. Clif Kid Z Bars are a great option that you can pick up at virtually any grocery store. They’re organic and a perfect afternoon snack for active kids. If you have the time to order online, The Natural Candy Store is a direct hit for the perfect mix of indulgent candy without all the bad stuff.
Halloween Party Favorites
Nothing beats a raucous house party on Halloween! Get a great music mix, combine it with spooky decorations and some delicious snacks and you’ve got a night made for making memories. What can you do to combine the fun of a party with the safe and healthy foods that you’ve incorporated into your everyday life?
Naturally, Pinterest is a fount of resources for fun and healthy Halloween treat and this board for organic Halloween snacks has a host of great ideas to have the perfect party food!
Who doesn’t love dressing up for Halloween? Kids of all ages (yes, even the grownup kids) sometimes spend months planning their costumes and coordinating with friends so that by the time the big day rolls around, everyone is looking their best. However, have you ever looked at the chemicals and dyes used to make some of the cosmetics that you’re putting on your or even worse, your child’s face?
This year, cut out the crazy compounds and the impossible to pronounce chemical additives and keep it simple. Terrafirma Cosmetics out of Olympia, WA offers a great line of lead and dye free face paints that are also greaseless and come off with soap and water (a fact that I’m sure you’ll be happy about come the end of the night). If you don’t have time to order face paint, have no fear, you can make your own! It’s easy and only requires four ingredients!
Homemade Face Paint:
Simply mix all the ingredients together and then use the food coloring to create the array of vibrant colors you want for your makeup. It’s really that easy!
If you want to take your costumes to the next level, avoid buying yours or your children’s costumes from big box stores. These costumes are often made in third world countries in deplorable conditions. Opt for cruelty free costumes by making your own or finding a seamstress in your town to sew the costumes for you. That way you’re keeping things local and you know all of the hard work and care that went into your unique costume.
To up the green factor while your family is trick or treating, use cloth bags or pillowcases to collect candy and rechargeable batteries in any of the light up aspects of your kids’ (or your) costumes.
When you take the time to be conscientious of the types of ingredients used in your celebration, you can ensure that your family will have a happy, safe and spooky Halloween free of chemicals, dyes, pesticides and processed foods.