Change the World Wednesday

Change The World Wednesday is hosted by Reduce Footprints, an awesome blog that I came across through the Green Blog Hop and jumped right into the challenge. I plan to participate every week and hope to inspire and spread the word so that others can participate as well. If you participate, just leave a comment on the current challenge and you will get featured on the following weeks challenge. You can learn all about it HERE!

Last weeks challenge was to WALK! And Walk we did… we got sooo tired over the weekend, it wasn’t funny. Haha. So it was hubs birthday weekend, and we visited our local college and walked and walked during their science celebration called HESTEC. It was so interesting, and we all learned something new and also got to see the famous annual Magic Show that the students put on. We had a blast.

I hope ya’ll enjoyed some RAYS while you did some walking last week. Our weather was perfect. We had some rain on Saturday afternoon, but it cleared up just in time for the festivities.

This Week’s Challenge:

This week’s challenge comes from Jen:

Halloween is coming up so … this week consider the environmental impact of the treats we give out and offer suggestions for better alternatives. Let’s expand on Jen’s idea and include parties, costumes, etc.
OR …

If you don’t celebrate Halloween, please offer us some ideas for Eco-friendly snacks and entertaining.
Are you up for this challenge? I know that you are! Thanks to Jen for the idea!!

Ready for our mantra? Here we go …
Great Challenge Jen! We celebrate Dia de los Muertos; it’s a tradition and a highly celebrated holiday in our area. We do, however, still make treats for local parties and such. We don’t pass out candies on Halloween night. We go and visit the dead, say prayers, sing songs, it’s so much fun.

We do, however, go treak-or-treating for the kids. It’s fun for mommy & daddy too, I’ll admit. We go with some family who have kids similar ages, and we enjoy some good conversations, laughs, and just fun as the kids walk ahead of us as they trick-or-treat. And yes, we walk. We usually pick a local neighbor hood to visit and it’s just tons of fun.

So my tip would to NOT give candy – give something that they can use. Maybe a ruler (fairly cheap), or I have even seen people give out fortune cookies for some fun & humor. My mom and grandma use to do apple bobbing. That was fun. Or, one year, we did a small haunted house just for fun as well. I had a good friend of mine give out planners! Yeah, yearly/monthly planners! They found them on sale for $.15 at a local office supply store.

Some Eco-friendly tips would to maybe organize a trick-or-treat “area” for the whole neighborhood, like your local park, and maybe even throw a block party where everyone makes one dish instead of going outside of your neighborhood to other bigger parties. Another tip would to use real dishes! I know it would be a hassle washing afterwards, but we have all pitched in to help clean up afterwards and that is a party on it’s own!

I hope ya’ll have a great holiday season!


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