Letter to the editor: Ditch fake spider webs for a wildlife-safe Halloween


Halloween is approaching, and Edmonds is thoroughly decked out for this scary holiday.

Alas, there’s one element that we often see that is scary to birds, insects and other wildlife in particular. It’s the fake spider webs hung on fences and from trees. The little creatures can get snagged in the web – which, after all, acts just like a real web in that regard – and are unable to free themselves.

Learn more at www.treehugger.com/fake-spider-webs-bird-deaths-danger-4863065

Ideally, the stuff shouldn’t be sold. But until that happens, please consider our feathered friends and their kin and choose NOT to have fake spider webs as part of your decoration.

Happy – and safe – Halloween to all!

Ellen Blackstone

  1. I think this is a very important guideline to observe. Skeletons are great and pumpkins and witches and goblins oh yeah. If you are looking for the low cost advantage of scary gothic spiderwebs look for the webs that are simply the webs and not the cobwebs that are really harmful to birds and much more difficult to clean-up or store. Many great displays are set up in and around Edmonds right now that don’t pose this risk. Leave the cobwebs indoors or in the movies and keep Edmonds a happy bird habitat. Have a happy safe and scary Edmonds kind of Halloween.

  2. Thank you for bringing this to the attention of MEN readers who, hopefully, will share it with non-MEN readers family and friends. It’s easy in the excitement and enjoyment of decorating for Halloween or other holidays and events to overlook how harmful some things can be to those creatures in nature when we put them outside.

  3. Thank you! It’s been distressing seeing so many ‘webs’ out there knowing the danger they can pose.
    The word hasn’t gotten around so people wouldn’t know without warnings like yours. I thought webs were fun decorations too in the past til I read about the problem they cause. Hopefully the birds at my feeders will avoid the fake webs in the neighborhood this year.

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