Looking for some EEK-o-friendly alternatives to the consumption of unhealthy candies and cheap plastic costumes this Halloween? The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Green Halloween have partnered to create a healthier and more sustainable Halloween this year.
Yes, Halloween can be a more environmentally-friendly, healthy, and socially responsible celebration. At select zoos and aquariums, ubiquitous candies are being swapped out for healthier snacks and treats for the little ghouls.
Zoos are even recommending candy companies you should support for their commitment to conservation. Brookfield Zoo, a Green Halloween participant, is providing a consumer guide which lists companies who are members of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil. By recommending RSPO members, the zoo is helping raise awareness of orangutan conservation and deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia due to non-sustainable palm oil production.
There will even be animal crafts fashioned from recycled and discarded items. And nearly 200 costumes swaps have been planned leading up to Halloween.
Some of the major zoos and aquariums participating in Green Halloween include:
Washington, DC, Smithsonian National Zoological Park “Boo at the Zoo”
New York, NY, Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society “Boo at the Zoo”
Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens “Boo at the LA Zoo”
Chicago, IL, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo “Boo! at the Zoo”
Detroit, MI, Detroit Zoological Society “Zoo Boo”
Denver, CO, Denver Zoo “Boo at the Zoo”
You can find costume swaps, craft ideas and more participating zoo locations across the country at Green Halloween for a healthier and greener Halloween.