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Before you head out the door with your own little trick-or-treaters, make sure you’ve feed them a healthy and hearty dinner. This way, they’ll be less likely to fill up on sugary treats during your walk around the neighborhood.
There are a number of different eco-friendly candies now available at your local grocery stop, health food stores or co-ops. These organic candies can provide Halloween treats that are a little friendlier for your trick-or-treaters and are produced using methods that are gentler on the environment.
Where you can find them locally:
- Sydney’s Health Market: My number one choice for all my healthy shopping needs. They have organic fruit snack, fruit strips, lollipops, organic juice boxes and many other options.
- Cash Wise: They have a wonderful organic section which include a lot of organic candy, boxes of organic raisins and bars.
- Hornbachers: Their natural and organic sections has a number of organic treats.
- Target: They have a number of better treat choices in their Halloween section including pretzels, Pirate Booty and Boom Chicka Pop.
My favorite find: Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop. Not only are they a Minnesota company and the official kettle corn (just one of their awesome flavors) of the Minnesota Vikings, the products are whole grain, vegan, Og trans fats, non-GMO, certified Kosher and certified gluten-free. This is one of my girls’ favorite snacks and a great Halloween treat option.
Or Avoid Candy Altogether
- Fun magnets
- Seed paper/bookmarks for planting or reading
- Wash off tattoos
- Craft kits (Michael’s has fun craft kits for $1.00)
- Adhesive bandages with fun themes
- Barrettes or other hair things
- Mini pumpkins or gourds
- Fun toothbrushes
- Unfinished wood items
- Decorated pencils
- Polished stones
Where you can find them locally:
- Pout Baby Boutique: They have a large eco-friendly section including Piggy Paint Nail Polish. They also have a new location, you can now find them at 1801 45th St S Fargo, ND 58103.
- Hobby Lobby
Be Sure to Reuse and Recycle
If you don’t already compost, Halloween is a great time to start. You can add post-Halloween jack-o-lanterns to your compost bin, along with fallen leaves, food scraps, and other organic, biodegradable yard and household waste.
Compost creates excellent soil for your garden. You might even use the compost from your backyard bin to help grow the pumpkins that will become next year’s jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin pies.
If you are interested in composting, your local hardware store, garden center, county extension service, or waste disposal agency should be able to help you get started.
Locally, the City of Fargo has a wonderful compost bin you can purchase at a reasonable cost. For more information call 701-241-1449 or visit http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/SolidWaste/Recycling/Backyardcomposters.aspx.
Instead of throwing away your Halloween decorations each year, store and reuse them year after year, just as you do decorations for many other holidays. Source: About.com, Environmental Issues
My Green Side’s web pick of the week:
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