We don't have a lawn. We have a sidewalk in front of our rowhouse.
Anyway, while I'm not about to buy something so dramatic - where we interested in decorating, it would be all cardboard cut-out tombstones and $5 worth of reusable cobweb - it did make me think that we haven't wrestled with what to do about my favorite holiday of the year.
Since I've been reading Diane's Big Green Purse, I'm well aware of the problems presented by major chocolate manufacturers. In brief, beyond the obvious packaging, there's the real environmental impact of deforestation and the problems of child labor on cocoa farms.
All of a sudden, I can live without my Reese's peanut butter cups, thanks.
But what do I do about Trick'or'Treat? Veggie Mom, my neighbor who tends to be so health-obsessed I fear her boy is going to rebel by sneaking out to McDonald's as a teenager, opts for pretzel packs. I considered hitting Whole Foods to see if I could find fair trade organic chocolate in single-servings, but that clashes with my cheap gene.
The drugstore has bouncy balls that look like eyes and plastic spider rings - but is that stuff any higher up on the moral ladder than snack-sized Snickers? After all, betcha those gew gaws were all Made in China under, ahem scrupulously monitored working conditions.
I've got a few weeks to wrestle with this one, but it does feel like there's no truly green way out, other than skipping the holiday entirely.
And that is just NOT an option.