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Apples for Hallowe'en? Really?

Jodi Helmer's suggestion about giving organic apple to trick-or-treaters seems plain wrong. Didn't giving apples fall out of favor after all the scares about razor blades and other sharp objects?

Apples for Hallowe'en? Really?

Do you have to be eco-friendly even on Halloween?

I was reading author Jodi Helmer's ideas for having a green Halloween (in her book The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference) and was a bit put off by some of her suggestions.

For instance, Helmer's suggestion about giving organic apple to trick-or-treaters seems plain wrong. Didn't giving apples fall out of favor after all the scares about razor blades and other sharp objects? Even if these turned out to be urban legends, come on - you don't want yours to be known as the "neighborhood apple house," do you?

I much prefer her suggestion about buying treats in bulk to minimize the waste you get from packaging. But even so, you've still got to make sure the candy's individually wrapped.

Heimer, whose Web site is www.green-year.com, also suggests skipping the costumes at the mall and making your own, which is a good idea - provided you have the time, energy and creativity to come up with one.

She suggests pulling out your wedding dress and going as the Bride of Frankenstein. Right. That's not happening. But I can think of some other homemade costumes I might try.

What are your ideas about having a green Halloween?

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Jonathan Takiff will be blogging mainly about consumer electronics - those things that we love to use and that suck too much energy. He'll spotlight green-conscious gizmos made in a responsible fashion, both in terms of materials used and the energy it takes to run them.


Signe Wilkinson draws the comic strip Family Tree, which follows the Tree family as they try to live green in the face of nattering neighbors, plastic-wrapped consumer products, and the primal teenage urge to spend vast quantities of money on hair care products of dubious organic quality.


In addition to these updates from our newsroom bloggers, watch for an occasional feature, Dumpster Diver Dispatches, from Philadelphia's original "green" community of artists, the Dumpster Divers. You'll learn about creative ways to reuse and recycle while you reduce, and about the artists who are making little masterpieces from what others throw out.

  • Dispatch #1: Margaret Giancola's rugs from plastic bags
  • Dispatch #2: Dumpster Divers in City Hall (Art in City Hall series)
  • Dispatch #3: Wild wood, New Jersey
  • Dispatch #4: Dumpster Divers award winners announced
  • Dispatch #5: From sweaters to colorful cuddling
  • Dispatch #6: Green artists retake South Street Sunday
  • Dispatch #7: Isaiah Zagar: He's a Magic (Gardens) Man





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