Halloween will look very different this year compared to previous years. To celebrate it, especially if there are little ones around, here are 3 simple, safe and easy ways to make the best of it.
1. Create your own costume with what you have on hand
Dressing up is fun!
But this year, instead of going out and buying/ordering a costume online, I encourage you to look at your wardrobe, accessories, and other items around your home with the specific purpose of putting together a costume (for yourself and/or your children) with what you already have on hand.
What can I make out of what I already own? what can be used in a different way? what else can I use/print/re-purpose/paint/sew to finish my outfit?
If you have kids, even better! get them involved in the process. Because let’s face it: those pre-made Halloween costumes fit poorly, are expensive and worst of all, toxic (!) given that they’re generally made of polyester, a non-breathable, non-biodegradable, man-made material (PLEASE read more about it here).
Therefore, challenge yourself and your imagination to create costumes from the items and accessories you already own. It is so much more sustainable, better for our planet, our budgets, and our imaginations!
2. Make your own candy
This year makes for a great opportunity to start making your own candy, from scratch! it’s not as daunting or hard as it may seem, I promise.
Previously, I have made homemade snickers to bring to a friend’s Halloween gathering but there is literally no wrong way to do this since many recipes require no baking and only a handful of ingredients.
From classic candy recipes to a more healthy variety, there are so many options for all tastes and budgets that you almost can’t go wrong with any you choose to make. Again, kids of any age can be involved (with supervision, of course) since many of the steps require simple preparation techniques like stirring, mixing and pouring.
And if candy is not your thing, make a simple and healthy dessert like baked apples or a delicious apple crisp or just cook dinner together.
If you do decide on a recipe, tag me on Instagram or let me know down below!
3. Play a board game
Instead of watching/re-watching a classic Halloween movie.
Watching movies is fun and easy, especially if it’s a comforting classic that you have watched again and again. That being said, movie watching is also a very static and sedentary activity where not a lot of actual engagement happens between family members.
So this year, why not choose something different and play a board game, especially one that focuses on a specific area, like improving and teaching social skills, cooperation, strategy and decision-making, financial literacy, just for fun or, make your own with a stack of cards you already own – which means that you don’t even have to purchase anything. Talk about a sustainable Halloween!
In every situation that seems different and difficult, we can decide our attitude towards it and can absolutely make the best of it. Actively engaging with each other, spending time together by sharing an experience creates long lasting memories – and these are the ones that stay with us forever, that no one can take away from us. So let’s make more of those!
Let’s prioritize engagement, creativity, playfulness and safety above all else.
If you celebrate Halloween, I hope you stay safe and present, and choose a more sustainable and kinder way to experience it.