This article is for mothers who want to be green and eco-friendly this Halloween but who are short on time (or maybe creatively challenged as well). I was searching the internet for ideas for homemade trick-or-treat bags that would be reusable and eco-friendly. I found so many cute, adorable and, well, complicated Halloween bags to make. I wanted something that was easy to make, quick and would be something that could be reused for years to come. Below are my suggestions for easy, eco-friendly green Halloween trick-or-treat bags for your children to make and use. Children can make these wonderful trick-or-treat bags to carry their candy and save the environment at the same time.
Choose Your Bag
Choose the eco-friendly bag that you want to use for this project. Choosing a bag that is durable is your first concern because it will be heavy when they are toward the end of collecting their candy. Furthermore, a durable bag will allow you to use it for many years getting the most out of this green Halloween trick-or-treat bag. Some suggestions for eco-friendly, homemade trick-or-treat bags are:
**Reusing old grocery bags, plastic or paper, is a good thought; however, these may only last for one year.
**Old pillowcases are another good option for green trick-or-treat bags because they can be used for years; however, moms will have to step in and sew on “handles” for these bags to be functional.
**Canvas grocery store bags that you can pick up now for about a buck are great options – – they are durable, have handles and are ready to decorate.
**ReusableBags.com and Amazon have reusable canvas bags that are perfect for making Halloween bags.
Decorating the bag is purely an individual preference and can be as elaborate or as simple as your child desires. There is no right way to decorate an eco-friendly Halloween bag because each child has their own since of style. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
**Decorate the bag to match the costume. Just remember that this may limit your choices in years to come if you want to reuse this bag next year.
**If your bag is orange, use black felt, permanent magic markers or black foamies to create a Jack-o-Lantern.
**Purchase Halloween craft items from Oriental Trading, set out the glue and let the fun begin. Allow children to create a work of art on their eco-friendly, green trick-or-treat bag. These craft supplies are perfect for making reusable Halloween bags.
**Create a kooky face using fabric paints for the facial features and yarn for the hair.