Trick or Treat?
updated: Oct 19, 2013, 2:00 PM
By Kelley Skumautz
Around Town Asides - Local Finds With Refill In Mind
Armed with reused containers and bags, I scour the greater Santa Barbara area for places where
bringing your own is not taboo.
Though I truly love Halloween for all its door-knocking neighborliness, adorable, spooky, and creative
costuming, decorating one-upsmanship, and sweets galore (and by this I mean chocolate), these tricks
and treats have become overshadowed by my distaste for candy wrappers and the indecency of
litterbugs. I am afraid I have become a Halloweenie. This year I am implementing a provisional solution
to my conundrum that sticks to my principles and does not completely dissolve holiday fun and frolic. If
played right, I am hoping my hijinks work out to form a longer-term solution.
My experiment involves rescued tchotchkes from Art From Scrap, a place where people can bring their leftovers for others to put to
good reuse. I was not sure if I would find anything appropriate or affordable, but after trolling the aisles
for a while, I was able to find a cadre of trinkets with witch I will "treat" Carpinteria's ghosts and goblins.
Instead of Mounds, Kit Kats, and 100 Grand bars, for just over $22.00 I procured dozens upon dozens
of bookmarks, hairclips, baskets, and some sort of gyro puzzle for the kids to choose from. Or, I
suppose they can choose to about face and come back to egg our Halloweenie house later in retribution
for not siding with tradition. This is a risk I am willing to take.
I am not excited that some of my giveaways are plastic and/or wrapped in it, but I figure that since they
were "virgin purchased" by somebody else, they created the consumer demand on record and I am
simply saving these items from the landfill. At the very least, I believe I am prolonging their material life
spans and giving each a couple more stops on their journey, if not giving the kids something they will
use. Mostly, I am betting on the fact that kids will not want to immediately tear into these goodies and
that wrappers from my freebies will not clutter the streets.
My name is Kelley Skumautz and I might be a Halloweenie.
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Kelley Skumautz is the owner of Refill to You, a service
that replenishes empty containers with detergents, soaps, lotions and sprays for the kitchen, bath, and
laundry and delivers them to your home or small business. She also writes a weekly blog about simplicity, sustainability, community & commodity.
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