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Is Halloween The Most Wasteful Holiday? (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post   Eve Solomon   First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 03:30 PM ET

Here at HuffPost Green we love a party... and Halloween is definitely a fun holiday. But as the tradition becomes increasingly consumer-oriented, we think its in the running for the most wasteful holiday. While Christmas always gets ragged on for its consumerism, hopefully most of the gifts that are given are used more than once. Even if Halloween spending is down this year, Americans are still spending millions of dollars on mostly unsustainable, single-use and non-biodegradable products and unhealthy candy. That's why we think Halloween may be a sleeper candidate for excess day of the year. Check out this slideshow of the most wasteful Halloween practices, and vote for the one that you think is the worst.

Check outGreen Halloween, a website that advocates for a "greener" Halloween by posting information on homemade costumes and party favors. Besides encouraging parents to have a less wasteful holiday, they also sell a range of green products including fair-trade organic chocolate, energy-saving LED lights, 100% silk or alpaca costumes, and of course, reusable, non-plastic trick-or-treating bags.

Also, bring out your camera this Halloween and send us your pictures of the most wasteful Halloween moments - from morning-after trash to a smashed pumpkin, we'd love to see your photos.

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Enough candy for a princess, but she'll only be a princess for one night. Wrappers are necessary for safe candy on Halloween, but a total waste of paper and plastic. Plus, it will take a year for this girl to eat all that candy!
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Is Halloween the most wasteful holiday?

Eh, a bit wasteful, but so fun!

Christmas is WAY worse.

YUP. Halloween is an anti-green machine.

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