Ghosts and goblins are getting ready to take over Seattle neighborhoods! Are you ready? If you are like us, you’ve found yourself looking for ways to make Halloween just as much fun as it was when you were a kid….but less wasteful and more healthy.

One great option for trick-or-treating is checking out your local small business association to see if there are any events scheduled. We are planning to attend the West Seattle Harvest Festival after having so much fun last year! In addition to offering a kids’ costume parade and trick-or treating, the event supports local small businesses, encourages pedestrian traffic and celebrates the bounty of our farmers market.

Other ways to green your Halloween include:

  • Choose a reuseable trick or treat container to use year after year – make it part of your tradition
  • Don’t let your Jack O’Lantern’s guts go to waste – wash and bake the seeds at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, then compost your friend after Halloween is over
  • Recycle your costumes to charity after Halloween
  • Choose organic chocolates or candies
  • Use washable or compostable dishes, cutlery and linens in lieu of paper plates and napkins and plasticware

For tons of other great ideas, check out With tips on purchasing or making “greener” costumes to reducing waste and offering healthier party foods, the site offers advice for kids, parents and teachers.

Whatever you choose to do, we wish you a SAFE and fun holiday!