A Green Halloween for the Bats and Beasties

Bat Trick-or-Treating - Photo by Michael Durham, Minden Pictures, BCI

Tips from Delaware Nature Society

Halloween can be a celebration that is not-so-green.  Make it a Halloween that’s not so scary for your bats and beasties with these environmental friendly tips from the Delaware Nature Society:

  1. Don’t scare the costumed kids with single-use plastic. Instead, give kids reusable Trick-or-Treating sacks and reusable glow sticks (especially those that allow replaceable batteries).
  2. Keep an eye out for candy that has been dropped or discarded.  Candy can make an unsuspecting animal sick.  Pick up and appropriately dispose of any discarded candy that crosses your path on Oct. 31.
  3. Tame frightening electricity bills by adding an automatic timer to assure your outdoor lights and blowups monsters go to bed with your family.
  4. Give your kids a break from candy and offer your boys and ghouls delicious organic treats. Consider those grown using organic methods to help promote clean water and healthy wild beasties.
  5. Reuse cardboard to make unique costumes! With the help of a craft knife, hot glue, and YouTube you can make 3-dimentional armor, tails, and masks out of old cardboard boxes.
  6. Throw a monster party without inviting the single-use plastic vampire into your home.  Instead use reusable or recycled paper dishes and silverware.

Want more tips on how you can help the environment?  Check out our clean water tips.


Delaware Nature Society’s mission is to connect people with the natural world and improve our environment through education, advocacy, and conservation. Founded in 1964, we are a state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservationwildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.  We manage over 2,000 acres of land and operate four educational sites: Ashland Nature CenterAbbott’s Mill Nature CenterDuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve


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