How to: Have a Green Halloween

Everyone knows the best part of Halloween is the candy. And lots of candy that hopefully lasts the remainder of the semester. While trick-or-treating may be for the kiddos, plenty of college campuses also hold Halloween festivities including dressing up and going door-to-door for candy (even if it is in a dorm). There is one way to grow up a little in your trick-or-treating: consider going green with your candy collecting bag. While you may miss Jack the plastic pumpkin, a reusable tote makes for a much more practical candy bag. Another option is to use a paper grocery bag – a Trader Joe’s bag is the right size and has sturdy handles. Lastly, the good ole pillow case is the perfect last minute green option for candy collecting.

If you are foregoing the candy collecting, but know that trick-or-treaters will be knocking on your door, you can still go green by making homemade candies. Store-bought candies are often laden with artificial ingredients, excessively high amounts of sugar and overpackaged. Homemade treats not only taste better, but are fun to make and give (you will have your trick-or-treaters asking for more)!

**Homemade Treats**

Fake Turtles. A sweet and salty treat that serves as the perfect dessert hors d’oeuvre at a Halloween party.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls. So much better than the conventional peanut butter and chocolate candy that comes in an orange wrapper.

Peanut M&M Blondies. Addictive, crowd-pleasing blondies and you can use that extra bag of M&M’s you bought for the trick-or-treaters.

Homemade Cracker Jacks. A simple 10 minute recipes that guarantees you will never buy the store-bought version again.

Pumpkin Seeds. Everyone needs something a little healthy to balance all the sugar.

Pumpkin Cupcakes. Fall spices and cream cheese frosting make these cupcakes an extra delicious, extra decadent treat.

Caramel Apples. A classic fall treat that is sure to be a winner among trick-or-treaters. Use black and orange sprinkles for a festive look.

Spooky Banana Ghosts. Yes, bananas are okay on Halloween…these might be the breakfast treat for the next morning if the party goes a little longer than planned!

Caroline Ariail is a senior at the University of Georgia where she studies journalism. She plans on making caramel apples for the trick-or-treaters who stop by her apartment.

Originally posted on Monday, October 31st, 2011

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