Look! Halloween Decorating Minus the Plastic

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We may be too old for trick-or-treating, but we aren't too old to love Halloween.

Unfortunately, Halloween decorating usually involves a lot of plastic skeletons and plastic spiders that eventually end up in the landfill.

We wanted to skip all that, but we also wanted our apartment to look a bit more festive for All Hallow's Eve (and for Friday-night dinner guests). So we decided to do a little seasonal decorating, without any unnecessary plastic purchases.While not exactly spooky, we're pretty happy with how this all turned out.

It was simple to do; the materials were cheap; and everything is either reusable or compostable.

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We took a yellow baking dish out of the cupboard and filled the bottom with some dried soup beans and green lentils (from the bulk food isle at Berkeley Bowl) -- then we set three mini pumpkins on top and placed the whole thing on the coffee table.

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Next, we grabbed a few mason jars (we have tons because Mom loves to make jam) and filled them with some green lentils, red lentils, and soup beans and set them up on our plate shelf. Why we had orange whirly-gigs lying around is still a mystery -- but we added them for a little whimsy.

If you wanted to go for a more traditional Halloween look, we'd suggest swapping the green lentil for black lentils or black beans.

And, of course, you could forgo the whirly-gigs entirely ...

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