Here are a few simple tips to have a more eco-friendly Halloween!
-Host a costume swap with your friends and neighbors. This way you can recycle costumes but everyone gets something “new to them.”
-Shop local consignment, vintage or thrift stores to buy used costumes or to get pieces to create your own costumes…Think a plaid shirt, jeans and bandanna for a quick cowboy, groovy vintage clothing makes you an instant hippie and lots of brightly colored clothing could make a great clown.
-Make your costume at home with recycled and reclaimed materials. This site has some good ideas to help get you thinking about what you have around the house. This site has some great suggestions on what materials you can recycle to make different costumes. An old cardboard box becomes a robot, left over 2-liter soda bottles become a scuba tank or use old newspapers to make a dress!
-Make your own face paint! Here are some great recipes.
-Shop local! Buy all your treats from local candy makers or support you local neighborhood grocery store or pharmacy to buy your goodies.
-Recycle the candy wrappers. Get crafty and make something new like this. Or send your old wrappers to TerraCycle’s Candy Wrapper Brigade where they reuse the wrappers to make tote bags and other neat stuff.
-Use that whole pumpkin! Toast up the seeds for a tasty snack and compost the insides and even the pumpkin after Halloween. Or stick to the smaller baking varieties that you can bake into a pie after they adorn your walkway or porch.
-Go natural! Instead of the plastic disposable decorations choose orange and yellow flowers and plants to dress up your house, wreaths made of fall hay or colored leaves or uncarved pumpkins to line a pathway. These can all be composted or replanted after use.
-Go homemade! Skip the store bought decorations and use what’s around you to make some great decorations. Old sheets hung from trees make spooky ghosts and cardboard boxes can be cut into almost any scary shape and posted up on windows and doors!
-Use LED or solar lights to light the path to your door intead of regular lights.
-Use soy or natural wax candles instead of paraffin (which is a petroleum product) candles for your jack-o-lanterns.
We hope these tips were helpful and we hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!