Your Green Life: "HallowGreen"

By KBJR News 1

Your Green Life: "HallowGreen"

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Scares and screams are signs of haunted houses and Halloween.

Costumes are under construction and stores are stocked with candy treats.

Orange and black are the typical colors for this holiday, but there are ways you can make it a little "greener" as meteorologist Shannon Murphy explains in, "Your Green Life."

The air is crisp... leaves are falling and being raked into pumpkin bags...

Yards are being transformed into zombie graveyards.

All these props can make for an expensive holiday.

With the current status of the economy being as spooky as the season, there are ways you can save a little cash as well as do a favor for the environment.

"Reusing things from last year, trying to just not buy so much stuff. You could decorate with nature." said Julie McDonnell, owner of ECO.

"Using hay bails and corn stalks outside for decorating and that's just bringing a little nature into your home. You go get the hockey costume from down in the basement or your sisters witch costume from last year. If you do have to buy something... go to thrift stores."

Other tips include using reusable canvas bags for your treats, rather than buying plastics buckets...

Replacing the common petroleum candles with beeswax or soy based ones...

And if you decorate with lights, try to find the energy star rated LEDs.

"LED lights last 133 times longer and they cost 80% less to operate through the lifecycle and energy use."

This green Halloween enthusiast has one earth friendly tradition of her own.

"Grow our own pumpkins. We would just watch it grow all year long, and we are cutting it up at the end, we realize how much energy went into making it. Anything that we can do to help the earth is one step in the right direction. "

In Duluth, meteorologist Shannon Murphy, the Northland's NewsCenter.