Eeek-O Friendly Halloween

Go Green This Halloween!

Halloween is a fun time of year filled with ghoulish costumes, delicious candy treats, and haunting jack-o-lanterns. But with all the synthetic costumes, individually wrapped candy treats, and plastic laden Halloween decorations, comes a significant amount of needless waste that can be a scary nightmare for the environment. But being environmentally conscious while having a fun and festive Halloween doesn’t have to be so frightful. Here are some tips and tricks to reduce the environmental impact and help you have a more “Eeek-o” friendly Halloween:

  1. Homemade Costume – skip the synthetic and expensive plastic costumes from the store, and dig through your closets and drawers to create a one-of-kind recycled/re-used masterpiece! DIY costumes and decorations save money and reduce waste.
  2. Costume Swap – organize a costume swap at your school, church, or neighborhood. Encourage people to donate their costumes for future swap events.
  3. Thrift Store Costume – thrift stores like the Goodwill and Salvation Army typically have an inventory of used costumes, and other clothing items, to create your own unique outfit at a reduced cost to your wallet and the environment.
  4. Reusable Bag – forget the plastic jack-o-lantern that usually ends up in a landfill; try a reusable shopping bag, canvas tote, or pillow case to collect your candy loot when trick-or-treating.
  5. Green Halloween Treats – when choosing candy or treats to hand out, buy in bulk and select candy with the least amount of packaging, or packaging that is at least recyclable (cardboard). Or be different and hand out spare change, pencils, or other items that are useful to a ghost or goblin.

    Glass jars reused for creative Halloween decorations.

    Eeek-O Friendly Decorations

  6. Organic Make Up – skip the toxic Halloween makeup and fake blood that often contain metals and other chemicals, and try making your own using natural products like cornstarch, cold cream, water, corn syrup, and organic food coloring.
  7. Homemade or Natural Decorations – decorate your home or classroom using recyclable materials like cardboard, newspaper, and glass; or natural materials like  fallen leaves, pumpkins or gourdes, and cotton.
  8. Compost that Pumpkin – when All Hallows Eve has ended, toss that pumpkin into your compost pile and let nature do its work, reducing the amount of waste going to the landfill.

These tips, and other creative ideas, can help save money, reduce waste, and make your Halloween more HalloGreen!