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Stay Safe and Be Green this Halloween A message from your Waste Management team!

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Costumes, candy, and a late bedtime. It’s the perfect recipe for an unforgettable Halloween night. But all those empty wrappers and half-eaten treats can add up to a lot of waste. Luckily, there are many easy ways to green your Halloween.

Costumes
Create your own costume from items around the house. That fancy dress or suit your child hasn’t worn in months may work perfectly for a princess or prince costume. Make a beautiful mask out of recycled paper and magazines, and your kids will look like they’re ready for a masquerade ball! What about that old cardigan sweater and broken sunglasses with only one lens? We can see the makings of a librarian.
If you can’t find something in your own closet, try the local thrift store. You can find some incredible bargains and put together a unique costume. Need inspiration? Check Pinterest and other online sites for ideas before you go.
Does your child love trucks?  Make a costume at home with Waste Management’s step-by-step video instructions. Download the activity book too!
Whether you make a costume or buy a new one, consider donating it to a thrift store to after Halloween to reduce your environmental impact (and save on closet space).

Decorations
Spend time carving pumpkins as a fun family activity and display your Jack-o-Lanterns for all to see. Toast the pumpkin seeds for a delicious snack and after Halloween, add the pumpkin to your compost pile.
If decorating the yard is a family tradition, get creative with household materials. Turn cardboard boxes into haunted houses and packaging foam blocks into tombstones. Old sheets can become new ghosts. Fill a bag with used packing peanuts, shredded paper or leaves and turn it into a giant pumpkin.

Safety

We know how excited kids get for Halloween. Spend a few minutes reviewing these tips before leaving for trick-or-treating to ensure everyone has fun and returns home safely.

  • Incorporate reflective tape into your costumes or candy bags and take a flashlight to increase visibility. And, don’t forget about the dog! Add a light to his (or her) collar or leash.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for cars as well as uneven sidewalks and other hazards that can lead to Halloween mishaps.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. This is a simple rule, but an important reminder for the little ones especially.
  • Don’t assume motorists can see you. Cross at the street corner and never dart into the street or between parked cars. Pro Tip: Teach your kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of cars.
  • Put phones and other electronic devices away unless you’ve stopped to use them in a safe place.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, Farmington!

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