Halloween is one of my FAVORITE holidays. Here are some ways you can make it a festive occasion without harming the planet:
Invest in reusable decorations by choosing high-quality products that can withstand years of use, instead of single-use, disposable decor.
Or forgo purchased decorations altogether and use fall’s bounty to decorate your home! Natural items like leaves, apples, pumpkins and gourds will last through Thanksgiving and are compostable when the two fall holidays are over.
You can also recycle your trash into Halloween decor – turning old coffee and soup cans or milk jugs into jack-o-lanterns.
If you’re still looking for a costume for your kids (or yourself) organize a costume swap! Invite neighbors, friends and family over to exchange old costumes. This will save money and conserve resources by eliminating the need to buy new products.
That said, my favorite Halloween costumes are “made from scratch”. If you like to make your own costume, start by looking around your house for materials, clothes, and props. If you have to buy a few things, try to find them at a thrift store first! Either way, when making new purchases, make sure you’ll wear or use the items more than once to cut down on unnecessary waste at the end of the season.