This autumn, you don’t have to fall into the old ways of buying products that will only serve purpose for one day and then be thrown into a landfill. There are tons of eco-friendly fall festivities that you and your entire family can enjoy together.
1- Autumn and pumpkin picking basically go hand-in-hand. Pack up some warm apple cider in a thermos and head out to the local pumpkin patch with your family. Be sure to wear those old sneakers and clothes that have been collecting dust in your closet for years because you will probably get dirty. With your new pumpkin collection, you can turn them into elaborate jack-o-lanterns and a decadent pumpkin pie. Oh, and save the pumpkin seeds – they’re perfect for roasting.
2- Getting lost in a corn maze is always a great time so long as monsters aren’t lurking around. There are different types of corn mazes – organic, haunted – any of them will permeate the air with the sweet smell of corn. Some of them even have roasted corn and other organic treats waiting for your indulgence, if you survive.
3- Looking for a way to keep the birds out of your garden? Scarecrows have been around for centuries and were intended to literally scare animals from coming into the fields and eating the crops. You can make an eco-friendly scarecrow by using organic cotton and bamboo clothing, an extra pumpkin you collected from the patch, and some organic hay. Your family can even enter the scary scarecrow into a contest.
4- Autumn is the time when leaves fall off the trees and scatter all over your lawn. Make leaf raking fun by gathering them into colorful piles that you and your family can jump into. Who said only kids can enjoy messing things up? And then after, you can rake them into an organic compost pile.
5- Arts and crafts can even have an outdoorsy autumn twist. First, start off with a scavenger hunt for different types of leaves, pine cones, and acorns. Then gather all of your family’s findings together and create acorn necklaces, and press the leaves into a scrapbook. Use eco-friendly paint to decorate the pine cones for Thanksgiving or save them to hang on your Christmas tree.
6- The season would not be complete without the shenanigans of Halloween. Use household items and old clothes to create costumes (the ghost made out of a white bed sheet never fails). Or if you don’t have anything scare-worthy, buy organic costumes to keep with the eco-friendly vibe.
There really is no limit to the green and eco-friendly festivities you and your family can participate in this autumn. Especially now, almost everything- from food to clothes to activities- can be turned organic and environmentally friendly. So get those jack-o-lanterns and scarecrows ready, dress your kids (and yourself!) in organic costumes, grab those pillowcases and get trick-or-treating!