Halloween can seem like a time to spend money and buy stuff, but it does not have to be that way. For the past 6 years, the

Éco-quartier NDG and the Walkley Center have collaborated to offer local children the opportunity to let their creativity shine by making recycled Halloween crafts and costumes. All of the materials come from the recycling bin, as the Eco-quartier NDG saves interesting recycled materials all year for the event. The idea is to promote the 3Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle. It is important to teach kids that it’s not always necessary to buy things and spend money, that you can recycle stuff and give it a second life.

On Saturday, October 21st, the Éco-quartier NDG and the Walkley Center collaborated for the first ever children & parents workshop in the morning. It was such a big hit it is sure to be repeated next year. First, children 0-5 years old and their parents were invited to participate in the Walkley Center’s ‘Groove’ dancing class. It looked like a lot of fun! Then, after their energy was spent, the families joined the eco-craft workshop where the children transformed hand paper rolls into bats, spiders and pumpkins. Their creations were so cute yet scary! In the afternoon, we collaborated for the 6th annual 3R Halloween craft activity. It started off by promoting reuse: it was time for the costume distribution. George from the Salvation Army really came through for the kids! At noon, he arrived with a big bag of costumes, wigs and hats. The children were delighted! They sifted through the costumes, trying on an average of about five costumes each until they finally decided what they would wear this Halloween.

With beautiful costumes in hand, these older children also turned their attention to the recycled craft activity. They did not limit themselves to bats & spiders, they made a whole host of scary crafts! The children present had a great time, and we know that children enjoy the opportunity to let their creativity shine!

A big thank you to the Salvation Army downtown and the Walkley staff!