MARQUETTE - Orange and black and green? While green may not be a color people traditionally associate with Halloween, with the holiday representing a spooky $6 billion industry in the United States, taking steps to cut down on the amount of trash that is thrown away isn't all that blood-curdling.
With 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkin grown, 24.5 pounds of candy eaten per person and 93 percent of children expecting to go trick or treating according to planetgreen.com, Halloween also represents the potential for a lot of waste besides the fun of costumes and trick or treating.
A quick Google search on green Halloween will bring you everything from quick tips to organizations like Green Halloween, a nationwide initiative that focuses on making holidays good for people, good for the planet and good for the community.
An inflatable pumpkin carriage sits among several tombstones in the yard at 600 Main St. in the city of Negaunee. (Journal file photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)
The organization's website, www.greenhalloween.org, gives tips on everything from finding organic candy to organizing costume swaps and green Halloween parties.
However, if your kid - or you for that matter - isn't ready to give up a traditional night of running from house to house getting treats, there are things you can do to reduce the number of items that go in the trash on Nov. 1.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.