I love Halloween as much as the next person, but since waking up to the true cost of fast fashion and the plastic crisis, I've found it harder to enjoy. But there's no need to skip the festivities all together. Here are 5 tips to enjoy a more eco-friendly Halloween, so you can still have fun while caring for the planet
Do not buy new. While it may cost next to nothing to buy a new costume on Amazon, what is the true cost of that? Who has made that cheap costume and in what working conditions must they be working in to make that costume so cheap? It is probably made of plastic and the quality will probably be so bad, you won’t be able to sell it after use… so it will end up in landfill where it will take hundreds of years to break down due to the plastic content.
Why not check ebay for secondhand costumes that have probably only been used once. Check out your local charity shops who often display costumes as good as new at this time of year. Alternatively, you can rent from a local fancy dress shop. Ask your friends, family and work colleagues. You could even organize a swap party and swap costumes between you.
Or if you’re feeling creative, get on Pinterest or YouTube for ideas and make your own using items you already have at home.
Don’t waste your pumpkins. Once you have scraped out the middle, wash the seeds and gently roast and season if desired. The flesh can be used for all kinds of delicious, nutritious recipes like soup or pie. Check Pinterest or search Ecosia (like Google but plants trees) for a range of pumpkin recipe ideas.
Then once Halloween is over you can put the pumpkin in the garden for squirrels, hedgehogs and other wildlife to eat.
If you have kids, this is the perfect excuse to get creative and do a fun family activity by making your own decorations. If you’re not feeling creative, or you really don’t have time, check ebay and local charity shops for secondhand items and be sure to save them to reuse next year or sell them on.
4. Trick or treat
Make your own! It’s so hard to find plastic free sweets and treats. So, the best option is to make your own. Try something quick and easy like no bake brownies and cut up into bite size pieces. Alternatively, head to your local bakers where it’s generally easier to find plastic free than in the supermarket. Again, cut up whatever they have plastic free into small bite-size pieces.
5. Eco Party
With your amazing home-made or reused decorations, your fabulous secondhand costume and your delicious DIY treats, you might want to invite all your friends to share in the fun. Don’t be tempted to splash out on disposable, Halloween plates, cups etc. Instead use real ones, or you can hire reusable party tableware!
I would love to hear your ideas and tips. Please share in the comments below.