Start with your cookie recipe of choice, and get decorating! Cookie decorating is both fun and entertaining as well as an eco-friendly activity for your kids (because, well, you eat the cookies!). No waste to leave behind. Bake the cookies the day before so they are cool enough to decorate and store them in a Stasher bag for optimal freshness!
Jazz Up Your Mask
Since we’ve been wearing masks for the better part of the year, this year we’re taking Halloween masks to a whole new level. If you want to dress up, why not integrate your mask into a Halloween costume? Spend time with your kids decorating masks to include fangs or teeth, fake blood, or perhaps bedazzle it with a more “princess” vibe, depending on what your kids are into.
Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Slime
Buying “slime” from the store likely requires a lot of plastic, and who knows what ingredients are included. Instead, make your own eco-friendly slime— that way you can color it however you want, and you know it’s both safe for your kids and the planet. Wellness Mama shares her simple, four-ingredient recipe here.
Upcycle Your Way to Indoor Decor
Repurposing items that would otherwise end up in the trash or recycling bin is a great way to create both DIY activities and indoor decorations with your family. If you have a Keurig machine, we love this spooky garland made from K-Cups. Use what you have— whether it’s bottles, cans, egg cartons, toilet paper tubes, or otherwise, for fun crafty activities that can be turned into whatever creepy decor you’re looking for.
Decorate Your Self-Serve Candy Basket
Since you may not want to open the door for trick or treaters this year, have your kids help decorate a tote bag or basket to leave outside your door filled with candy for anyone who comes by— or make your own with papier mache. You can use leftover cardboard boxes to decorate as tombstones to put on your doorstep for an extra spooky element. And for an extra-careful treat, leave a bottle of hand-sanitizer for your guests to use!
While celebrating Halloween this year may look different from most, there are plenty of safe, entertaining, and eco-friendly activities for your whole family. Enjoy some DIY activities, and eat up all those decorated cookies — you’ve earned them!
This post was written by Sara Weinreb. Sara is an herbalist, host of the Medium Well podcast, sustainability and business strategist, and writer covering sustainability, wellness, and mission-driven business. You can keep up with her and her musings on Instagram and her curated weekly email, Sara … lately.