Well, it’s about that time of the year again. Pumpkin spice flavors in every cafe, apple cider lining the shelves of the grocery store – Halloween is a’comin!

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.

I fondly remember taking my kids trick or treating door-to-door some twenty or so years ago, and now, as a grandfather, I get to be a part of my grandkids enjoying the same traditions.

As you well know by now, we here at Santa Barbara Stone Masters are nuts for sustainability. With the spookiest of holidays just around the corner, I’d like to offer a few handy tips for how to enjoy your Halloween in a sustainable, eco-friendly way!

Waste not!

What’s more synonymous with Halloween than jack-o-lanterns?

I love carving pumpkins with my grandchildren, and my favorite part is pulling out the guts while making zombie noises for their amusement.

These days, I’ve started seeing fake pumpkins made from foam or plastic – don’t do it! Unlike real pumpkins, they won’t decompose, and end up just filling up a landfill somewhere.

    • Instead of buying from your grocery store, swing by a local farmers market or pumpkin patch! It’s a great way to directly support local growers and is a fun outing for the whole family
    • I used to just throw all the innards in the trash. Now we add it to our compost which eventually goes into our fertilizer! I also love saving the seeds – my wife will toast ‘em up and I’ve got a perfect Halloween snack. Check out our parent companys blog here for the perfect recipe!

Creative costumes

It’s crazy what I see people doing with costumes these days; when I was a kid, my favorite costume was a sheet with two holes cut into it! And in my opinion today, the best option is somewhere in the middle.

    • Instead of buying a brand new garment for your costume, swing by your local thrift store. They’ll almost certainly have something that will work for your needs, and you’ll save money too!
    • I won’t even tell you to do it yourself – that’s already so popular – but get creative with what you use! Look for a recycled art supplies store for your materials. In Santa Barbara, I love Art from Scrap!

Candy

As much as I hate to say it, if you’re handing candy out, the safest thing to do is to give out individually wrapped candies.

Parents will view homemade candy as risky at best, and anything you make will probably get thrown out. Some friends of mine love giving out little toys instead.

That’s not a bad idea, but kids love candy, so I think this is one area where it’s okay to have a little slack.

    • If, on the other hand, you’re just hosting a party, definitely go the extra mile! Your guests will LOVE your homemade candy, and it will make a huge impact to not throw away wrappers from a candy bowl!

 

I hope you find this modest guide to be helpful as you approach Halloween.

What do you do to live sustainably during the holiday season? We’d love to hear about it!

And if you have some natural stone that needs some restoration work, give us a call. There’s nobody who will serve you better!

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