Green Halloween

Written by guest blogger Denise Deby, who writes on local and global social and environmental issues.

Several Ottawa groups are offering ways to make Halloween a little greener by hosting free costume swaps or make-your-own costume workshops. Instead of buying new, you can exchange gently-used, clean costumes for new-to-you items, or create your own.

  • On Friday, October 19, 4Cats Arts Studio in Hintonburg is holding a costume swap at 1107 Wellington St. West from 6-8 p.m.
  • At the Dovercourt Recreation Centre’s Halloween Costume Drive and Swap on Saturday, Oct. 20, 12-2 p.m., you can exchange your costume for a different one, or receive a $20 coupon good for any Dovercourt program.
  • Twiss & Weber are offering a Handmade Halloween workshop on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 1-4 p.m. at the Hintonburg Community Centre. Parents and kids 2-12 years can drop in to make a costume, as well as make a mask or decorate a loot bag (bring your own pillow case). Donations to the Snowsuit Fund welcome.

October 20 is National Costume Swap Day, supported by usedeverywhere.com. Their site makes it easier than ever to find or organize a costume swap, and you’ll also find links to help green your Halloween.

Here are a couple of additional sources:

The David Suzuki Foundation’s Queen of Green: Don’t be scared to green your Halloween

The Green Action Centre (Winnipeg): Greener Halloween: Putting the EEEK in Ecology

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