The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Green Halloween have partnered to provide communities with healthy, animal-friendly and EEK-O-friendly Halloween events for the whole family.

Green Halloween and AZA are providing trick-or-treaters with ways to celebrate that are healthy for them and their animal friends. Family- and Earth-friendly events are occurring at 50 participating zoo and aquarium locations, including the Phoenix Zoo.

Events and booths will show goblins and grownups how to apply the three Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - to Halloween activities to help create healthier traditions for kids and the Earth. For example, conventional candy will be swapped for healthier, eco-friendly treats, and families can participate in spooktacular recycled animal crafts and green costume contests.

Use these simple tips to make your Halloween healthier and greener at home.

• Used to giving out handfuls? Cut back by 25%. Kids won't notice the difference, but you'll save money.

• Prefer to hand out treasures? Empty your kids' pockets! Get inspired by the treasures they store - shiny rocks, feathers, sea shells. Stock up on these types of items and offer a choice.

• Looking for alternatives to conventional candy? Choose healthier treats that everyone from toddlers to teens will love including snack bars, organic lollipops, fruit snacks or all natural gum.

• In the habit of buying new Halloween décor every year? Try exchanging old for new-to-you décor with friends and neighbors or find decorations at your local Goodwill. Consider using edible items like pumpkins and other types of squash that can be turned into yummy soups and dishes after Halloween. Host a make-it-take-it décor party before the big day. Pull out every black, purple or orange item in your home and decorate with those. Search online for how to make décor out of items you'd normally toss.

Hundreds of other suggestions are available at www.GreenHalloween.org, along with ways everyone can participate.

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