Now that Halloween is over, I’ll confess. For the past few weeks, I’ve been biting my tongue to keep from sounding like the Great Green Halloween Grinch.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Halloween as much as anyone. Dressing up in costume, trick or treating, and childhood memories make it one of my favorite celebrations. I’ll even admit to owning some hideously tacky Halloween stuff like this “Frank the Monster” (purchased at Lillian Vernon in my pre-green days).
So what’s turning me into a Halloween Grinch? Waste. Over commercialism. The virtual disappearance of time honored traditions like Trick or Treat for Unicef and Bobbing for Apples. The appearance of Halloween décor that rivals Tacky, Tacky Christmas decorations. Retailers shipping back pumpkins – before Halloween – to make way for Christmas décor.
To be sure, there have been incredible strides in making Halloween more “green.” In just four years, Corey and Lynn have grown Green Halloween from a regional event to a nationwide costume swap and more.
And yet….. during “green Halloween” twitter chats, sustainably minded “green moms” wonder how to “get rid of” all the candy their kids bring home. The SwitchWitch, who takes Halloween candy away and replaces it with a gift, is a popular option. The First Lady suggests letting kids keep their candy for a few days before confiscating it. Dentists advertise “trade in” plans – $1 for each pound of candy turned in. And there are organizations like MoverMoms who collect candy to send to the troops.
Why are we spending so much money on something that we’re disposing of the very next day? I just don’t remember all this angst as a kid. My candy stash lasted for months. If parents talked about getting rid of candy, it went over my head.
This morning, I heard on the news that Americans spent $7 Billion on Halloween candy, costumes, decorations and more.
How much of that $7B could be redirected towards truly important things that we value, rather than items that we throw out days later?
I know, I know…I sound like a Halloween Grinch. Told ya. That’s why I kept quiet for so long.
What do you think about how we celebrate Halloween?
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