1. Get Creative - Vintage, Reuse, DIY costumes
Purchasing a premade costume that is worn once and then thrown out is both expensive and wasteful. Consider rotating through costumes from previous years or finding inspiration from old clothes that are already in your closet. Don’t forget to check thrift shops, too!
2. Buy Your Pumpkins Locally
It’s not really Halloween without pumpkins. Try sourcing your pumpkins from local farms instead of shopping at stores. This will help reduce the pumpkin's carbon footprint and makes for a festive outing to a pumpkin patch. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with the local community and make memories with friends and family.
3. Throw a Green Halloween Party
When having a party, be Green by cutting down on disposable items such as cups and plates. Use washable, recyclable or compostable dishes. Consider making cute labels to mark guest’s cups, and don’t forget to source your food locally! These ideas will not only help the planet but will also make your party stand out.
4. Get Crafty with Decorations
From friendly ghosts to spooky spider webs, decorating for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday. Think about using more pumpkins and gourds and recyclable materials to decorate. Be creative; cardboard can become tombstones and old stockings make great spider webs. Don’t forget to reuse decorations from previous years and save your crafts for next Halloween!
5. Tactful Treats
Instead of handing out candy, consider alternative treats like stickers, pencils and temporary tattoos. This will reduce the amount of garbage from individual packaging. If you want to stick to tradition and hand out candy, search for treats with recyclable wrappers. Also consider purchasing local treats made from natural ingredients.