With the spooky season almost upon us, here are a few ideas for an autumnal celebration. Most of our budget-friendly tips for a green Halloween are crafty and some are gruesome, so there should be something to please all the little witches, from pint-sized demons to their ghoulish parents!
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These green Halloween ideas are designed to be both budget-friendly and environmentally-friendly. From reusing and upcycling to homemade crafts and recipes to bake together, these fun suggestions will keep you all amused this Halloween!
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Green Halloween Tips and Ideas
Make Some Super Slime
Take green Halloween literally and make some slime! Slime is not only an ooey-gooey delight to play with, but it’s actually a great science experiment to undertake with kids.
While this is quick and easy to make, it does need adult supervision, so set aside some time to make the slime together.
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Tell Ghost Stories
The old ways of entertaining ourselves are still the best. Switch off all the lights, cuddle up by the fire and put on torches or candles (don’t leave unattended) and take it in turns to tell each other the spookiest ghostliest stories you can think of!
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Decorate Paper Bags
Get out the arts and craft materials, some old paper bags and let your imaginations go wild decorating them.
You could use them as decorations for around the house, or you could fill them with goodies for your trick-or-treaters.
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Make Chocolate (or Toffee) Apples
Have some fun melting some chocolate or toffee, then dip in whole apples on a stick, or quarters for younger children. Leave to set, or dip into some sprinkles first, and enjoy!
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Make a ‘Guess What’s In It’ Box
Cut a hole in the top of a cardboard box. Fill it with gruesome stuff for people to put their hand in and feel in the dark, e.g. a carrot for a finger, a peeled grape for an eyeball, cold spaghetti for witches’ hair or guts…you get the idea!
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Apple Bobbing (or Dooking)
Set up a basin of water on towels on the floor, have some towels handy, pop in a few apples and get everyone to have a go at apple bobbing.
Play With Conkers
We have to say the old chestnuts are the best! Next time you are out enjoying your family walk on an autumn day, look out for horse chestnut trees (they have five long leaves together, like a hand) and collect and play conkers.
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Upcycle Old Clothes into Costumes
Dig out some old clothes, hats, scarves and craft supplies. Use your imagination and make your own Halloween costumes.
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Choose Some Autumn Squashes
At this time of year you can find small squashes and pumpkins at your local farmer’s market or even in the supermarket.
Arrange a pile of different coloured squash and pumpkins at the front door, or on the centre of the dinner table, as decorations – then have them for dinner in November.
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Bite Some Apples
All you need for this fun game are some apples and string.
Use an apple corer or skewer to pierce a hole through the apple, then thread a length of string through. Loop the string around the apple and tie a knot. Leave a length of string attached to the apple, then use more string (or a clothesline, branch in the garden, etc) to hang the apples horizontally.
Each person has to have a go at “limbo” dancing under and biting the apples without touching them with their hands. Hilarious!
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Create Your Own Halloween Masks
Have you ever tried to make a papier-mâché mask? You will need a balloon, flour, water and old newspapers cut into strips. Once you have made your creation, leave the masks to dry completely before painting them into gruesome Halloween masks.
Alternatively, use some craft supplies and cardboard destined for the recycling bin to make your mask.
Make a Hallowe’en Tree
Decorate a tree in your garden or some old branches in a vase. You could use fairy lights, bunting, homemade decorations and little cloth ghosts and ghouls.
Make Garlands of Leaves
Collect different colours and different shapes of autumn leaves while out on your weekend walk. Make a little hole in each leaf and thread them on a string.
Hang the garlands around to decorate the house. Once they have dried out you can compost or burn on the fire.
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Make Bats & Ghouls
Make a pile of old bed linen and clothes, then cut out bats, ghouls and other Halloween favourites for great reusable decorations.
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Make Your Own Wig
Need a wig for your Halloween costume? Why not use an old hat and sew on wool or cloth strips to make a wig. Get creative!
Bake Some Barm Brack
Why not try Lorraine’s special tea barm brack recipe? Traditionally the barm brack contained items such as a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a small coin (originally a silver sixpence) and a ring. Nowadays if you buy barm brack you may find a toy ring in it.
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Using honey or syrup, “glue” different types of nuts together to make little nut people or decorative ornaments.
Dip fruit and dried fruit in melted chocolate for yummy treats. Either microwave (watch out you don’t zap for too long) or melt in a bowl over a pot of water. Use skewers to dip the fruits into the chocolate.
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Make Scary Hands
Decorate an old pair of gloves by adding ‘claws’ on the fingertips or sew on extra fingers from another glove! They could be a particularly horrible addition to your Halloween costume or just something to spook your friends!
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Greet Your Guests With a Spook!
Decorate around the front door with some spooky decorations and give the place a ‘haunted house’ feel to spook guests and trick-or-treaters.
This article was adapted from an article by Jen Wallace that first appeared on Mama’s Blog
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