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Go Boo Green with Costumes and Decor for Halloween

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Oct 31, 2014 3:27:00 PM

Halloween is supposed to rank second in spending to Christmas. It’s hard to green the treats unless one forgoes trick or treating for supervised family-, school-, church- or city-sponsored parties, but decorating can improve your garden and costumes can be improvised or second-hand in the very best of holiday style.


I recently attended a lecture on urban meadows (more about that next week), but it was the slide about solarizing soil that got me to thinking.

One of the best ways to get rid of plants you don’t want without poison is to put black plastic over the ground and leave it there all fall and winter. Ugly? Yes.

But maybe not. What if you cover that plastic with autumn leaves held in place by plant netting. And use colored compost materials, nutshells and the like to create designs? How about a great pumpkin? How about placing your Christmas decorations on top of the black plastic? And how about using LED lights to make sure everyone knows you are playing festive while readying your plant beds for whatever Spring may have you planting -- a kind of stealth or secret greening until the Spring reveal?

As for the costumes? Back in the day, it was mom’s or dad’s hand-me-downs. One year I made my daughter into a Hershey’s Kiss using a wire frame and tinfoil. There are greener materials to use these days as well as different treats to imitate.

For the cartoon hero crowd, hit the thrift store. Many have costumes. After all, especially with growing children, the costume may have only been worn once for a few hours.

Here is a YouTube video FROM Goodwill:



For ideas, Hello Natural has an online tutorial for 101 DIY Costumes.

And share please. What are your recycled or improvised green costume finds? And how did you decorate?
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