Green Your Halloween with Eco-Friendly Halloween Ideas
When it comes to costumes, decorations and trick-or-treating, there are many ways to turn Halloween from orange to green.
Halloween spending is expected to reach $6.9 billion, down from $7.4 billion last year, according to an annual survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF). While the decline in spending is bad news for retailers, it’s good for the Earth as people are most likely reusing decorations and costumes from previous years.
One of the easiest ways to reuse and reduce landfill waste, as well as expenses, is by recycling or upcycling Halloween costumes. Costumes are frequently worn only one time so there are great deals to be had at thrift stores, garage sales or eBay. Also, check with family, friends and neighbors to see if they have costumes you can borrow. Another place to look for costumes is your closet! There are countless options for DIY costumes including this fantastic bat costume made from broken umbrellas.
The next stop for a greener Halloween is decorations. Like costumes, be on the lookout year round for decorations at thrift stores or garage sales. Decorations can be reused for many years. To keep homes lit up and safe for trick-or-treaters, invest in eco-friendly LED stringed lights. LED tea lights can be used for lighting jack-o-lanterns or paper lanterns/luminaries on your property or street, if your neighborhood participates. If your Halloween decorating includes paper lanterns, choose bags made from recycled content and ones that can be recycled. In addition to LED lights, solar powered pathway lights are another eco-friendly option.
Homemade decorations are fun to make with kids. Save plastic milk jugs and turn them into milk jug ghosts for your porch, walkway or yard. Simply draw Halloween faces with a permanent marker or Sharpie on one side and on the other side, cut a hole, fill the milk jugs with rocks to give them weight and add a few LED tea lights. When Halloween is over, empty the jugs and throw them into your recycling bin!
The last part of a green Halloween is trick-or-treating. The easiest way to go green trick-or treating is to use a reusable bag like Eco Promotional Products’ Recycled Halloween Bag. After Halloween, this recycled promotional product can be used for groceries or saved for many more years of trick-or-treating. It’s hard for anyone to resist eating candy while trick-or-treating, but don’t throw wrappers on the ground. Respect the Earth and keep wrappers in a bag or pocket until they can be disposed of properly. Trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood in lieu of driving distances reduces your carbon footprint.
Come November, don’t throw your pumpkins in the trash! When carving pumpkins, use every part of the pumpkin. Roast the seeds and turn the flesh into puree that can be used for countless recipes. Not a fan of pumpkin seeds? Put them in a birdfeeder and do some birdwatching. After the pumpkin has been used throw it in the compost bin or if you live in a wooded area, leave it in the yard, far away from the house, for deer to eat.
Make it an eco-friendly holiday, and pledge to reduce, reuse and recycle this Halloween.