This includes your turkey... try to source a turkey locally and from a more humanely raised setting. Going the organic route will cut down on the chemicals used to grow your produce.
Use your local Farmer’s Market.
Figure out what vegetables are in season and get creative. Most Thanksgiving seasonal vegetables will be in season apart from only a few. This will cut down on the gas, CO2 emissions and transportation it takes to ship seasonal food around the world.
1. Reuse Reuse Reuse!
Throughout the year, keep an eye out for things that could replace decorations you have bought in the past. Old bed sheets can turn into ghosts. Styrofoam can easily be cut into whatever shape you like!
2. Make your own costume.
Keep around old clothing that could be turned into a costume. For example, old t-shirts, black shorts, any neutral clothing that can easily be painted or dyed. Shop at thrift stores! Thrift stores can hold treasures that can complete your Halloween costume. Get the kids involved with their own costumes. Let their imagination take the lead.
If the costume has been worn and you see no further use for it, don’t throw it away. Take the costume to a local shelter, thrift-store, or daycare. Better yet talk to your friends and neighbors about hosting a costume swap for the next year!