Eco Christmas Tree 101: Best Practices for Live and Cut Trees

There is nothing like the smell of a Christmas tree. Once you bring it into the home, a Christmas tree will bring holiday joy when you add lights, decorations, and a beautiful star to top off the awesomeness. But to get the most out of the experience, you will need to learn how to take care of your Christmas tree.

And that’s true whether you purchase a cut tree or a live one.

Here’s what you need to know.

What Kind of Christmas Tree Should You Buy?

If you want a fresh tree, you have a couple of choices. You can purchase a cut tree and place it in a Christmas tree stand once you bring it into your home. The way you care for a cut tree is different from how you care for a live tree.

If you prefer to buy a live tree, it will typically come in a small pot with dirt. You will care for this type of tree much the same way you would care for a potted plant. And stayed tuned, because, in a bit, we’ll show you how to plant your live tree in your yard.

How to Care for a Cut Christmas Tree

Taking care of a cut Christmas tree is simple, but these few steps will go a long way in ensuring that your tree stays fresh and doesn’t dry out. Start by acclimating the tree before bringing it into your home.

This is important because if you carry the tree from the cold retail store environment into your heated home, it could stress the tree and cause it to dry out.

And a dry Christmas tree could be a safety hazard. (Not to mention all the pine needles you will have to sweep on a daily basis!)

Place the tree in an unheated area of your home such as the garage or outdoor storage shed for one to two days before bringing it in the home. Next, cut about an inch off the base of the tree. Doing so will allow the Christmas tree to absorb more water.

Finally, fill the Christmas tree stand with water and secure the tree inside of it. Every week or so, check the water level to ensure that it hasn’t evaporated. Be sure to place the tree in an out-of-the-way spot so no one trips over the lighting plug or accidentally knocks over the tree.

How to Care for a Live Christmas Tree

Whether your live Christmas tree is small or large determines how you will care for it. If your tree is small, it is likely planted in a container with soil. In this case, you should check the soil every few days, and if it’s dry, water it.

If your Christmas tree is live, it likely has a root ball attached to it and is not planted in a container. This type of tree should be held up by a Christmas tree stand just as a cut tree is. The difference is that the root ball, as long as it stays moist, will keep the tree alive.

No matter which type of tree you have, it’s important to keep it moist so that it doesn’t become dry. Also, just as with a cut tree, place the live tree out of the way and far away from any heating devices or fireplaces. Be sure to turn off the lights on the tree before going to bed.

How to Plant a Live Christmas Tree

If you plan to plant your Christmas tree in your yard after Christmas, you will have to take some steps beforehand to ensure success. For starters, you should look for a Christmas tree with a root ball. If the root ball has already been cut from the tree, it cannot be planted.

Next, look for a smaller tree. Smaller Christmas trees have a better chance of taking root and thriving when you plant them. Once you find the tree, let it sit outdoors in the cold until you are ready to bring it indoors. The reason for this is that the tree is in dormancy when it is cold, and it needs to be in this state when it is planted.

Once you bring the tree to the heated indoors, it will begin to come out of its dormancy stage. That means the most you can keep the tree indoors for one to one-and-a-half weeks. Any longer than that will reduce the chances of a successful planting because the tree might not adapt to the outdoor conditions again.

Take the tree outdoors and allow it to sit in the cold for about a week so it will go back into dormancy. Then, dig a hole. Take the burlap covering off the root ball and plant the tree in the hole. Backfill it with dirt, cover the area with some good, organic mulch, and water the tree.

You should wait until spring to fertilize your newly planted Christmas tree.

How to Properly Dispose of a Christmas Tree

If you bought a cut Christmas tree, you will have to dispose of it once you take down the tree.

You have several options when it comes to disposing of your Christmas tree. But before you make plans, you should remove all of the decorations, lighting, tree skirt, and anything else you used to adorn the tree.

Next, place a plastic bag over the tree before you haul it out of the house. Because the tree is likely drier than when you brought it into the house, the needles will fall off in mass. A plastic bag will reduce the number of needles on your floor.

After you’ve taken the wrapped Christmas tree outdoors, it’s time to clean up inside. Don’t use a vacuum cleaner to pick up the pine needles because they can clog your machine. Instead, use a broom and dustbin to gather the needles.

Finally, check for water damage on your floor where the Christmas tree stood. You were good to ensure the stand didn’t go dry, but now you will need to ensure that water didn’t overflow on your floor. Mop us any standing water and dry the area.

Now, it’s time to figure out how to dispose of the Christmas tree. Here are your options.

Recycle the tree

Trees are natural materials, which makes them perfect for recycling. Depending on where you live, you could contact the city or town mulch center, the forest department, or even the fire department. Check your local area to determine which organization accepts Christmas trees for recycling purposes.

Also, you can choose to recycle the tree yourself. Start by standing the tree up in your yard and allowing the birds to make a home in it. Then, as the pine needles begin to fall off and the tree becomes bare, you can put it through a wood chipper and use the chips to mulch your garden.

Another way to recycle the tree yourself is to cut it up and sink the larger branches and trunk areas in a pond. The fish will use the tree as a natural habitat. Eventually, the tree will decompose, but before it does, it will provide some wildlife with a safe place to live.

Get crafty

You can also use parts of the Christmas tree for crafts for now or next year. For instance, one way you can recycle part of the tree is to look for branches that aren’t yet dried out and use them to make wreaths and other pretty decorations. After all, Christmas decorations are often enjoyed well beyond the New Year!

You can also cut off the trunk in circles and use them for Christmas decorations next year. Simply cut the trunk so that you have circles and cut a hole in the top of each one. Now, you have a blank slate you can use to make unique decorations for next year’s Christmas tree.

Leave it out for pick up

Some municipalities offer to pick up Christmas trees from local residents. Call your city or town and ask if they provide these services. If so, you will leave your Christmas tree at the curb, and on a prearranged day, the city truck will pick it up.

Put it in the bin

If your city doesn’t provide pick up for Christmas trees, you can reduce the tree into manageable parts that will fit in your waste bin. Start by removing pine needles from the branches. Then, carefully cut off the bare branches into small pieces.

After you’ve removed all of the branches, cut the trunk into pieces that will fit inside your trash can. If your city offers recycling trashcans, be sure to place the cut-up tree into the one reserved for organic matter. Try to cut the pieces as small as possible to make the job of emptying it easier for the workers.

Call a nonprofit

Many nonprofits, such as the Boy Scouts, offer Christmas tree pick up services. While the service is free, many people offer a small “thank you” to the nonprofit for the service.

By using one of these organizations for your Christmas tree pickup, you can get rid of your tree and donate to your favorite cause in one swoop.

Christmas Tree Care Is Easy Once You Know How

Buying, decorating, and disposing of a Christmas tree involves a lot, but luckily, the entire process is easy. If you understand all of the factors before you purchase your tree, you can make better choices about which type of tree best suits your family.

Do you have a favorite? Let us know why in the comments below!


11 Green Gifts Inspiration for This Holiday Season

Do you have a crunchy friend? You know, the type of person you could never present with a gift made of plastic or non-recycled goods? If so, take heart because we’ve put together an incredible list of green gifts for those eco-friendly loved ones who are oh so difficult to buy for.

Luckily, we compiled a list for you, so all you have to do is pick and buy. Check out a few of our favorite green gifts.

Green Gifts for Gardeners

When you are buying gifts for gardeners, you need a gift that will meet their eco-friendly sensibilities. We’ve searched far and wide for the best gardening green gifts, so you don’t have to. Here are 11 great green gifts that will make them profusely thank you from their little green heart.

1. Grow up

Ask any gardener what their worst nightmare is, and you will likely hear that it’s a lack of space. After all, gardeners love to experiment by using crop rotation, making DIY pest preventatives from things they have in the kitchen, and growing new types of seeds every year to expand their horticultural palate. But when they run out of land, all that fun can be quickly be put on hold.

Enter the Mr. Stacky 5-Tier Strawberry and Herb Garden Planter. Its unique upward design allows gardeners to grow their herbs, strawberries, and smaller plants vertically, saving a lot of room on the ground. The planter comes in black, hunter green, stone, and terra cotta, and its round design will allow anyone to grow an impressive number of plants in a small space.

2. Grow inside

Not everyone who is a gardener at heart has an outdoor space to grow their own food or herbs. And that’s where the world of hydroponics comes in. Growing food in hydroponic systems is an art, and it takes a lot of knowledge to get it right.

That’s why our next green gifts pick is an excellent step-by-step that explains the process in detail. If the crunchy gardener in your life is someone who has it in them to build their own hydroponics system, this book is just what they need to get started.

DIY Hydroponic Gardens: How to Design and Build an Inexpensive System for Growing Plants in Water” is an affordable gift that will delight your out-of-the-box gardener.

3. Don’t throw that away!

Ahh, the crunchy heart. After they’ve cooked a good meal and are cleaning up, they don’t just throw out the food waste as other people do. Instead, they save it all and throw it in the compost pile at the end of the day — or week. But that can present some unique challenges.

For starters, all those food scraps can cause one big stinky mess if left on the counter for too long. Also, fruit flies will appear if you don’t take the waste outdoor promptly. But making the trip to the outdoor compost pile a few times a day is no one’s idea of a good time.

And that’s where the Third Rock Compost Bin comes in. This study countertop compost bin is constructed with a dual-layer of powder-coated carbon steel and includes a charcoal filter to keep the smells inside. Using it is easy: Just throw the kitchen scraps inside and take it outside to the compost pile once it’s full.

4. Mix things up

Anyone who has ever tended to a compost pile knows how difficult it can be to turn the compost so that it stays hot and produces the black gold that makes gardens thrive. That’s why we choose the FCMP Tumbling Composter as one of our green gifts that will make crunchy gardeners green with envy.

This tumbling composter holds 37 gallons of material and comes with a handy handle that allows the user to simply turn it and mix up the compost inside. And because the composter is enclosed, it prevents pests like rodents and raccoons from setting up house inside the compost pile.

The manufacturer claims you can create compost within two weeks in the right conditions.

Even better is its dual components. Because there are two chambers, it’s possible to start one section with compost and once it’s near-complete, start a new one in the second chamber. No more waiting to add compost to a near-complete pile!

Your friends and family will love this green gift. It’s BPA free, made with 100 percent post-consumer recycled polypropylene, and is UV inhibited.

5. Start them out right

Any gardener with environmental concerns knows that all those plastic seed starting pots aren’t a good thing. But when you need to start a seed, you need something to plant it in. That’s why so many green gardeners resort to trying to fold pieces of newspaper into a make-shift pot — it doesn’t always work well.

But now there is another option. The Esschert Design Secrets du Potager Paper Pot Maker is an inventive solution to the problem. The design, which is wood, helps gardeners carefully create paper pots from old newspapers.

To use it, your friend or family member will simply use the tool to create paper pots that won’t fail. And when the seedling is ready to plant, you can place it in the ground because the newspaper will rot away. That will add those much sought after worms to the soil.

Speaking of garden worms…

6. Yes, they really want this

Worm farms are a green gift that most crunchy gardeners would be thrilled to receive. Good soil requires rich compost material, and worm waste is one of the best out there. But instead of waiting for worms to find a garden and begin enriching the soil, many gardeners create worm farms that do the work.

The Worm Factory is a four-tier worm farm (it’s expandable up to eight trays) that allows gardeners to collect the rich worm castings from their own yard. It comes with an accessory kit that includes bedding materials, a quick start guide, and an 80-page information book with DVD instructions. If your friend wants to grow worms for their garden, this is the perfect green gift.

If you want to really thrill them, include a packet of Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm Red Wigglers to help them get started right away.

7. Don’t get carried away

What does a gardener do when they reap a huge harvest of fruits, vegetables, and herbs? They carry it to the kitchen, of course. But some gardeners are luckier than others and are able to carry their harvest in style. That’s the focus of our next pick for our green gifts guide.

The Maine Garden Hod is an exquisitely beautiful harvest basket made from food-grade, PVC-coated wire, pine end caps, and a steam-bent solid oak handle. The harvest basket looks as natural as the food your gardener will carry in it.

And if the recipient likes their things to do double duty, the harvest basket can double as a magazine rack, toy box, or a pantry bin. Talk about good for the environment! The harvest basket is 18-inches long, 11-inches wide, and just over 6-inches deep.

8. Write the right way

If your crunchy friend is a lover of words, you are going to be excited about our next pick. The Honeycomb Decomposition Book is a new take on the old composition books. This eco-friendly journal is better looking — and it’s better for the environment.

Made with 100 percent recycled paper and printed with soy ink, this journal is everything crunchy. It features a bee honeycomb on the cover and back page, and the inside consists of 80 sheets (160 pages) of college-ruled paper. The journal measures 7.5-inches by 9.9 inches and has a made in the USA stamp on it.

9. Encourage them to be hands-on

When you’re digging around in the dirt, it’s nice to have breathable and flexible gloves. Better yet, those gloves would be good for the environment. That’s a win-win for the gift giver and the recipient.

These eco-friendly Bamboo Gardening Gloves by Kamojo fit the bill. The gloves are unisex and ideal for both men and women. They are a nature-friendly natural latex coating and bamboo, which decomposes once you discard them.

Compare this to typical garden gloves made from nitrite or polyurethane. Gardening gloves that can take decades to decompose in the landfill. The gloves are thicker than most and have a nonslip grip that allows gardeners to carry wet or heavy objects without risk of losing their grip.

10. Get your bee on

No matter if your gardener grows vegetables, fruits, herbs, or flowers, they need bees to help pollinate their crops. And one of the best green gifts you can give a gardener is a place for those bees to set up their home. That way, the garden will be full of pollinating bees that will the garden produce a bigger harvest.

The Mason Bee House by the Cestari Store is a wonderful example of eco-friendliness and usefulness in the garden.

The bee house tubes are smooth bamboo, so the bee’s wings aren’t injured when climbing in and out of the tube. And the product is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), which means it comes from responsibly managed forests.

This bee nester is a great addition to any garden. It offers 75 different tubes of all sizes to attract various types of bees — over 140 species. And the tubes are four-inches long, so the bees will have plenty of room to lay their eggs.

Just think: You can give your crunchy friend a green gift that helps support the dwindling bee population and helps pollinate their garden!

Up the happiness factor by including a bottle of Donaldson Farms Mason Bee House Attractant. When sprayed on the bee house, it will attract beneficial bees to it, so they set up house earlier, which means the bees will get to work faster in the garden!

11. It’s a wrap

Now that you’ve seen all the green gifts you can choose from, it will be easy to make a choice that the recipient will love. But you don’t’ want to just hand them the gift, do you? No, you’ll want to wrap it up in something special.

This is where our final suggestion comes in. The Gift Wrap That Grows and Blooms Colorful Wild Flowers by Triumph Plant is the perfect ending to our list. This unique wrapping paper contains hundreds of wildflowers seeded directly into the paper.

You can plant it in the garden for future blooms. Just imagine: Your friend can unwrap their green gifts and then plant the wrapping paper to see a display of beauty in the garden a few weeks later.

Really, it does a crunchy soul well, doesn’t it?

Did You Find the Green Gifts for the People on Your List?

Isn’t it great to know that there are plenty of options for the people on your list who are a little on the crunchy side? Most eco-concerned people have gardens, and that means you’ll find a plethora of gifts that appeal to their natural nature.

Did we miss any green gifts that you know about? If so, please tell us about them in the comment below!


How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter Organically

If you’re like most gardeners, the approaching cold weather is bittersweet. The cooler weather is a relief from the heat, but it also means you have to put your garden to bed. But instead of lamenting the fact that there are no more tomatoes to can or peas to shell, why not concentrate on learning to prepare your garden for winter?

And if you’re into organic gardening, you’ll also find some tips that will help ensure that you nourish your garden even more for the spring planting.

Why Should You Prepare Your Garden for Winter?

Summer gardening is a beast, isn’t it? Making sure your plants get enough water to produce those delicious fruits and vegetables is almost a full-time job in some climates. And the pests and diseases that thrive in the hot summer months are no laughing matter.

That’s why some people close up their garden after the summer harvest and don’t think about it again until spring.

But that’s a mistake.

When you don’t properly prepare your garden for winter, you will have a few unwanted surprises in the spring. For instance, leaving withered and dead plants in your garden over the winter can spread disease because the cold doesn’t kill all fungus. Also, unless you take some precautions, you will have to fight even more weeds come spring. Finally, pests can hide underneath the garden debris and will surprise attack you in the spring. But by removing all the debris, you won’t give them a place to hide.

How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

By now, you understand the importance of learning how to prepare your garden for winter, especially when organic gardening. After all, the last thing you want to do is fight diseases, pests, and weeds!

If you’re ready to put your garden to bed until spring, here are the 10 things you should do right now.

1. Take the last harvest

Your first step is to harvest anything left in your garden. Many people leave tomato plants until the last minute to give tomatoes time to ripen on the vine. They will also ripen on your countertop!

If you live in the South, your eggplants will also probably continue to produce until fall, so you can wait to pull those out until you are ready to prepare your garden for winter.

2. Clean things up

After you’ve gathered all of the vegetables left on the plants, it’s time to pull the plants out of the ground. Most of the plants will be withered and dying because cool weather is setting in. Don’t be tempted to leave plants in your garden because if a late blight sets in, it can carry over until spring.

An exception to that rule is plants with deep roots that are difficult to pull like cabbage or broccoli. Some gardeners prefer to leave the roots in the ground until spring because they are typically easier to pull then.

3. Take a trip to the compost pile

Once you’ve gathered the garden debris and pulled up the old plants, it’s time to put them in the compost pile. Your compost will cook over the winter and provide you with a nutrient-rich soil for your spring garden.

If the old plants have a disease or look sickly, throw them in the trash instead of the compost pile so you don’t risk adding fungus or other diseases to your spring garden. Some diseases can overwinter. And you should never put old tomato plants in the compost pile — it’s too risky!

4. Leave them behind

Some plants love the cold weather and you can leave them in the ground to continue to produce. For instance, Brussels sprouts, kale, collards, spinach, and broccoli may survive the winter months provided that you top-dress them with mulch. And garlic is meant to grow through the cold winter months and you will harvest it in the summer.

5. See where you’re at

The soil is the lifeblood of your garden, and if it doesn’t contain the right mixture of nutrients, your plants aren’t likely to thrive. When you prepare your garden for winter, it’s the ideal time to test your soil to determine what you should add to it.

Start by digging down about 6 inches in your garden soil in 5 to 6 different areas. Mix the soil and eliminate all the rocks and other debris from it.

Next, you can either have your soil tested by your local cooperative extension service or test it yourself. If you want to send it off, use this list to find the office for your state. If you want to test the soil yourself, you can use products like the Rapidtest electronic soil tester.

6. Make things right

Once you’ve tested your soil, it’s time to amend it to ensure your spring garden will be a success. Depending on what your test results show you, you will add amendments to your soil to bring it into balance.

For instance, if your soil is low in nitrogen, you can add fish emulsion or blood meal. There are many methods you can use to amend your soil to prepare it for the spring.

7. Cover things up

Now that you’ve amended your soil, it’s time to add a layer of compost to your garden bed. To do so, make sure you’ve pulled all the weeds and then push aside the mulch that covers the soil. Then, add a 1 to 2-inch layer of compost over the entire bed.

After adding the compost, you need to cover the soil for the winter. The goal is to cover your soil so enough that you can’t see it. If you can see it, you’re not protecting it. You can cover your soil in two ways.

Mulch it

Your first option is to put a layer of mulch on the top of your soil. You can use old hay, grass clippings, or store-bought mulch. If you’re organic gardening, make sure the much you use is free of pesticides.

Don’t forget that the cold winter months kill off a lot of pests and diseases. That’s why you shouldn’t mulch the garden bed too deeply. If you do, it could prevent the soil from freezing and killing off anything you want to survive.

Grow it

Your other option is to plant a cover crop in your garden. This option is ideal for a variety of reasons. First, planting a cover crop will protect your soil the same way mulch does. But by planting a cover crop, you can also add important nutrients to your garden to ensure it’s in top form for the spring.

For instance, if you plant legumes, the crop will add nitrogen to your garden soil. On the other hand, if you have too much nitrogen in your soil, plant a nutrient scavenging plant such as wheat, rye, barley, and triticale to help lessen it.

Make sure that the cover crop you use is cold-hardy and will grow throughout the winter. Here’s a great guide to cover crops. If you want to continue to grow something in your garden in addition to learning how to prepare your garden for winter, here’s a list of the best plants that grow during the winter.

8. Prepare your tools

No gardener is worth their salt without the proper tools. Instead of buying new garden tools every year, it makes much more sense to take care of the ones you already have. When you have time to prepare your garden for winter, it’s a great time to get your garden tools for the next season.

Start by wiping away any dirt and debris from your tools. If any of your tools have rust on them, use some sandpaper to clean it off. Then, musing a mill file, sharpen your tools so they will be ready to work for you once you begin planting the spring garden.

You can also lightly coat your garden tools with machine oil to help preserve them for another season. This will seal the metal, not allowing oxygen in, which keeps them working longer. Finally, replace any garden tools that are worn out or broken.

9. Think about next year

Now that you have taken the steps to prepare your garden for winter, it’s time to sit back and think about the last growing season. What did you do right, and what can you improve on? For instance, if you didn’t practice crop rotation, especially when organic gardening, you might put it into practice some spring.

Here are some other things you can think about to help your spring garden grow even better than your summer or fall garden.

Did they grow?

Hopefully, you kept a journal of all the varieties you planted and how they did. It’s important to know which plants thrive in your environment and which ones don’t. Go through your plant journal now and make a note of every species that did not do well. You probably shouldn’t plant that variety again next year.

On the other hand, be sure to make a note of the plants that did thrive so you can plant them again next year. You can also plant different types of these plants to extend your growing season. For instance, if a cherry tomato plant gave you a great harvest, think about planting cherry tomatoes with an earlier and later harvest date next year so you enjoy ripe tomatoes for a longer period.

Did they go?

Make careful notes of your organic gardening pest control methods as well. You may think you will remember them next year, but what if you don’t? Did your mixture of soap and water get rid of the aphid infestation, or did you have to purchase an insecticidal soap? Or maybe you released a jar of ladybugs to rid your plants of the pests.

Write down all of the methods that worked in your garden so you will have a go-to-guide next year.

Get Ready to Prepare Your Garden for Winter with Video

Even though you’ve read this article, sometimes watching a video on the topic can give you additional insight. Watch this quick video that shows you step-by-step how to prepare your garden for winter when using the no-till gardening method.

Are You Ready to Prepare Your Garden for Winter?

Closing down a garden for the season can be sad, but think of it this way: spring — and all those spring vegetables — is just around the corner. When you prepare your garden for winter the right way, your spring garden will be healthier and able to produce even more produce for you and your family.

Do you have a special way to prepare your garden for winter that we haven’t mentioned? If so, please tell us about it in the comment below. Doing so may help other readers have a better spring garden!


Organic Halloween Candy: Ideas for Natural and Safe Treats

Moms today are more concerned than ever about what they feed their kids, which is why you’re looking into organic Halloween candy. Right?

Now, that’s not to say that moms of the past didn’t care about the health of their children. We just know more now. And we know that organic foods keep our kids safe from dangerous chemicals.

It’s a well known fact that kids love Halloween. I mean, spooky costumes and candy galore. What’s not to love? But smart moms want healthy Halloween treats for their little ghosts and ghouls.

If you’re wondering what organic Halloween candy is available this year, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you want something that you can order online or would rather get busy in the kitchen, we’ve got something for you.

So sit back and take a look at our list of healthy Halloween treats that your kids will love sinking their fangs into. These healthy snacks are sure to bring a smile to their faces.

Organic Halloween Candy You Can Buy

Moms today are busy. Not everyone can spend their days in the kitchen baking away for hours at a time. We are busy!

If you’re looking for candy to send to school for a class party or hand out during trick-or-treat, homemade goodies aren’t always an option.

But have no fear. There are plenty of choices for those who want organic Halloween candy that comes pre-packaged and ready to go.

Even if your local grocery store doesn’t have anything in stock, there are plenty of organic candies that you can order online.

Another perk of ordering online is that all you have to do is click a button and it will show up at your door. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Here are just a few of the most popular organic Halloween candy options available this year. These treats are as yummy as they are healthy, so both kids and moms will be delighted.

Organic Candy Corn

YumEarth is a leader in healthy treats, and when it comes to organic Halloween candy, they do not disappoint.

The first offering from YumEarth on our list is a Halloween staple. Their organic Candy Corn is just what you need to get your kids (and yourself) into the spirit of Halloween.

Granted, candy corn gets a bad rap these days. But let’s face it, Halloween just isn’t Halloween without it.

Candy corn is perfect for handing out on trick-or-treat. It’s great for a holiday-themed treat around the house too. So when you’re shopping for organic Halloween candy, make sure this is on your list.

Organic Halloween Lollipops

Candy corn isn’t the only organic Halloween candy From YumEarth. They also have organic lollipops available in spooky themes.

If you’re looking for vegan Halloween candy that will make your kids howl with joy, then these are just what you need in your life.

These lollipops are also free of allergens, GMOs, gluten, and artificial dyes.

The flavors of these lollipops have fun names too, such as strawberry smash, very very cherry, mango tango, and wet face watermelon.

Since these lollipops are individually wrapped, they are perfect for trick-or-treating and class parties. Because they are allergen-free (no shellfish, nuts, or eggs), they are a safe treat to send into your child’s classroom.

Black Cat Hairball Cotton Candy

Do your kids want something with more of a gross factor than candy corn or lollipops? No worries. There’s organic Halloween candy that will disgust even the little boys in your house.

If you need to up the ante and find something with a bit more yuck for Halloween, it’s easier to do than you might think. Check out this Black Cat Hairball Cotton Candy from Fun Express.

All the sugary goodness of cotton candy with a theme that will make you say, “Ewww, gross.” What more could a kid ask for on Halloween, right?

While these might look gross, the sour blue raspberry flavor is delicious and sure to make your children squeal with delight.

Halloween Bunny Grahams

For moms who feel it’s important to feed their children organic foods, Annies is a household name.

Although this isn’t an organic Halloween candy per se, it earns a place on this list because it’s a tasty treat with a Halloween theme.

Annie’s Bunny Grahams are a favorite with kids all year long. However, the Halloween version adds a twist by featuring bunnies that are orange and black.

These are a healthy snack because they are made with organic wheat flour, have no GMOs, and there is no high-fructose corn syrup in them either.

These Halloween Bunny Grahams may be cute but they will still get you into the spirit of this spooky holiday.

Halloween Fruit Pops

If you want something a little bit healthier than regular organic Halloween candy, YumEarth has another great option that is sure to be just right for you.

These organic Halloween Fruit Pops will make your kids happy without all the junk you get in regular treats.

They are another great pick for trick-or-treating and classroom parties because they are completely free of allergens. They’re also individually wrapped.

In addition, they’re a healthy choice for the adults in your house too. Moms and dads will both love snacking on these. You really can’t go wrong with these organic Halloween Fruit Pops.

Full-Size Chocolate Bars

Let’s be honest, it isn’t Halloween without the chocolate. It just isn’t. But thankfully, you don’t have to skip chocolate when you are looking for organic Halloween candy.

If you are old-fashioned and prefer to hand out full-size candy bars for trick-or-treating, these organic chocolate bars from Hu are right up your alley.

You can get these candy bars in sampler packs that feature eight different flavors: almond butter and puffed quinoa, cashew butter and vanilla bean, hazelnut butter, salty, simple, crunchy mint, crunchy banana, and vanilla crunch.

Organic Dark Chocolate Snack Size

If you prefer to limit how much organic Halloween candy your little ones eat by sticking to snack-sized candy, there are smaller chocolates too.

These snack-sized organic dark chocolate bars from NibMore are the perfect Halloween treat.

You can get them in six different flavors, including original, mint, extreme, sea salt, tart cherry, and wild Maine blueberry.

These little vegan treats are gluten-free and non-GMO. So you can feel good about the candy you give your kids this year.

DIY Organic Halloween Snacks

If you prefer to make your organic Halloween treats yourself rather than buy them in a store, there are a lot of options for you.

Baking organic goodies is often as simple as following whatever recipe you happen to find and using organic ingredients.

However, we wouldn’t feel like we were done if we didn’t give you at least a few recipes that are sure to spice up your Halloween with sweet treats.

Vegan Caramel Sauce

Granted, this recipe for Vegan Caramel Sauce isn’t a dessert all on its own. But it can turn a bowl of ice cream into something incredible.

Even something as healthy as an apple becomes a decadent treat when it is smothered in this sweet, sticky caramel goodness. And it’s healthy!

No, really! It actually is!

This caramel sauce only uses three ingredients: canned coconut milk, pitted dates, and a dash of sea salt. It’s also ridiculously easy to make.

Every mom needs this recipe in their life. What better way to get your kids to enjoy a healthy snack?

Sticky Sweet Popcorn Balls

Another Halloween staple is popcorn balls. We all remember this delicious fall treat.

This recipe for Sticky Sweet Popcorn Balls is sure to bring back memories of your childhood. And at the same time, your kids will get to make Halloween memories of their own.

One of the best parts of popcorn balls is the fun of making them. Although it can get a bit messy, it’s totally worth it in this case. Sticky fingers are what will make your kids remember the experience.

These organic popcorn balls are easier to make than you might think. You won’t even need a candy thermometer.

Nut Butter Cups

Reese’s peanut butter cups are another Halloween tradition. Here’s a recipe for organic Nut Butter Cups that will give you all of the deliciousness with none of the chemicals.

If you’re craving an organic alternative to storebought peanut butter cups, you simply must give this recipe a try.

Instead of peanut butter, this recipe uses organic almond butter, which makes it compatible with a paleo diet.

A decadent dessert full of chocolatey goodness but with none of added the guilt. What more could you ask for? Especially when your kids love it as much as you do.

Organic Halloween Are Easier than Ever

With more and more parents waking up to the hidden dangers our food can present, organic foods are becoming easier to find.

Parents can actually buy organic Halloween candy in stores these days, something that was practically unheard of not that long ago.

There are also a ton of great organic recipes that you can cook up in your own kitchen, which means you have complete control over what ingredients go into your treats.

So get out there and make this Halloween the best ever, and do it without the scary food additives you don’t want your family sinking their fangs into.