Despite the fact that I love orange, Halloween is my least favorite American holiday. I’m not even sure that, per definition, Halloween can be labeled as such. The reasons for my dislikes are simple.
First reason: The amount of merchandise people buy is an outrage considering the length of time they will enjoy it. Halloween is ONE day. And yes, it’s all imported, low quality China crap. For someone on a shop local mission – this is pure horror.
Second reason: Sugar overload, with a side of processed, for all little kiddos – need I elaborate?
Third reason: Candy wrapper frenzy. Individually packaged, small pieces of candy – that must be the most wasteful way of using plastics in packaging. These wrappers aren’t being recycled (not sure they can be?) and some of which will get lost outside trick or treating and end up in our lands and waters. Pretty much any zero waster’s worst nightmare.
No, I ain’t joking friends; this rant is dead serious.
I did hear a few of my friends saying they were reinventing old costumes this year; using big brother’s old outfit for little sister, which is definitely a good way to reuse and save money and help the environment! Here’s another idea to save; since you find sustainability and mindfulness so scary, why don’t you dress up as environmentalists? It’s easy. Just wear your normal clothes, hand out fruits and veggies as your treats, and mind your waste.
On a lighter note, we got invited to a pot-luck on Saturday, no costumes necessary, just good ole’ fall fun (yay!). Since I am refusing to buy anything even remotely related to this eco-terrifying “holiday”, a garden pot-luck is the perfect way to celebrate!
I’ll be wearing my favorite orange outfit and I can’t wait to try some pumpkin soup. If the time is right, and the crowd is right, (I’ll be the judge of that, thank you!); I’ll probably rant a bit about my Halloween-dislikes too. Happy Halloween; Anna-style.