If you've been perusing our articles this week (and last), you've undoubtedly heard: Halloween is-a comin'! With just a few days left until we take to the streets in our ghoulish garb, we thought we'd give you all of our Halloween articles in one place. After all, there's no reason why this holiday can't be organically frightful with healthier sweets, conscious costumes and a nose-to-tail (or in this case stem-to-innards) approach to pumpkin carving (and eating!). Check 'em out. Obviously, we dig Halloween.
It's that time again! Halloween, where age has no meaning, and people of all kinds come together to dress up, eat tons of candy and feel that wondrous childlike nostalgia. And, of course, one of the most revered and passed down traditions of this holiday is the carving of pumpkins. Join Organic Authority's very own Pumpkin Carving Contest!
It's time to un-pack your stash of slasher films, creepy Halloween decorations, and start planning what you'll wear to your Halloween party. Thinking of unique Halloween party ideas can feel daunting (it's 2011 - what hasn't been done?!), but with a little preparation and effort, you can pull together an awesome organic menu of Halloween party foods, make fun party decorations, and throw a stellar Halloween party.
The healthiest of health nuts love Halloween candy. It's fun and conjures thoughts of childhood, crazy costumes and pumpkin carving. All those warm and fuzzies fly out the window once you read almost any traditional candy's nutritional label, though. Hydrogenated fats? Check. High fructose corn syrup? Check. Not all Halloween candy packs an unhealthy punch, though. The following natural candy distributors carry healthy Halloween candy ideal for trick-or-treaters (or you, for that matter!).
From the Organic Authority Files
This Halloween, you’ll undoubtedly be bombarded with candy. At the check-out aisle, at the gas station, at the PTO meetings, at the picnic, at the pizza shop, and certainly… at your kids’ requests. Halloween and candy are knit closely together, and while you may not be able to completely escape the sugar trap that goes hand-in-hand with the holiday, you can avoid some of the worst Halloween candy choices for both you and your family. Here are our top five scariest candy choices at the grocery store this Halloween.
Who doesn’t love stories about resourceful high school girls who made their own prom dresses? Not out of fabric, mind you, but out of gum and candy wrappers, or duct tape. They’ve been applauded for their creativity, but what of their sustainability? After all, instead of ending up in a landfill, these recycled materials have gone on to make for rather distinctive attire. We’ve decided to follow their lead for Halloween 2011 and come up with a few one-of-a-kind and wallet-friendly costumes made out of, well, garbage.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl whose parents wouldn’t let her go trick-or-treating on Halloween. While all the other kids in the neighborhood were out filling their plastic jack-o-lanterns full of candy corn, chocolate bars and ghost-shaped taffy, this little girl was sequestered indoors where she and her sister read pamphlets on razor blades hidden inside of apples. Who was it? Katy Perry! See how making candy off limits can surely backfire!
It's time to get into the ghastly ghouly spirit of Halloween -- and there's really no better way to do it than to carve your own jack-o-lantern. Pumpkin carving isn't just for kids: It can be an art, and can create some pretty charming decorations. Whether you're an experienced gourd sculptor or still at elementary-school level, there are a few tricks that can easily improve your results, making for a jack-o-lantern you'll keep on admiring through All Saints Day. Assuming it doesn't get smashed by Halloween hooligans, that is.
As foods go, raw pumpkins aren't the most appetizing. Even the Native Americans vacillated between eating them and weaving their tough flesh into floor mats. So it's no wonder that the modern world has found a more entertaining use for this jolly squash. By all means, carve a pumpkin for Halloween! But as you do, don't discard the guts and weird pieces. Like Cinderella's pumpkin, they can magically transform into something wonderful.