October 21, 2019 3 min read

Ready for an eco-friendly Halloween? ūüéÉ

Halloween is one of the most fun holidays of the year! But all those tricks and treats can really add up... in the landfill. An estimated 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste will be generated from Halloween costumes in the UK alone. So don't be a monster (unless that's your costume) and make this Halloween a little more green.

Feel free to share our new cartoon with your friends, and tag #onetreeplanted on social media if you or your kids are wearing a Halloween costume inspired by nature or sustainability this year. We'll share the best ones on our Instagram on Halloween day! 

Need some inspiration? We got you covered. Here are 5 ways to have a green Halloween. 

1. DIY Costume 

Avoid all the plastic and waste that comes with purchasing a new costume and make your own! Chances are there is SOMETHING in your closet right now that you can transform into a creepy creature. Not feeling creative? Go with the classic sheet ghost look. You AND your friends probably have a closet full of Halloween costumes of year's past. Host a Halloween costume swap! And when in doubt, there's always Pinterest for DIY ideas. 

2. Buy locally grown pumpkins 

Support local businesses and farmers by shopping local for your pumpkins. Many pumpkins that you find at a big chain store are likely shipped from far away. Find a local farm and make a day out of picking your pumpkins. You can also reduce food waste and make the most of your pumpkins by preparing recipes with the insides, such as pumpkin pie or roasted pumpkin seeds! 

3. Reusable buckets or bags

Save your money and repurpose a bucket or tote bag you have around your house for trick or treating. Many of the plastic Halloween buckets you purchase in a store only get used one time, now that's scary! Who says using an old pillow case or any ol' bag isn't cool? It's what's inside that counts. Give it new life by decorating it. 

4. Green Halloween Party

Before you go all out on the party decor, think about what you can replace with more sustainable alternatives and throw a sustainable Halloween party! There are several ways you can accomplish this. For one, the black and orange plastic cups really aren't necessary. Pour your homemade potion into glasses or at least compostable paper cups. You can also upcycle and paint used cardboard for wall decorations, or cut out spiders and ghosts out of old magazines or newspapers. Avoid candy with wrappers if you can, buy in bulk and put the sweet treats on display in a nice bowl. To make sure your guests arrive on time, send out an electronic invitation to cut back on paper. And last, recycle of course! 

5. Environmentally friendly candy 

Rethink the candy you would normally pass out. Shop for Fair Trade or organic candy since it's better for the environment - and your health. Don't have the budget for organic chocolate? At least be mindful of the packaging. Try to avoid candy that has an abundance of packaging, or avoid it entirely and hand out something else, like loose change! Maybe the kids will give you a funny look, but they'll probably get plenty of candy elsewhere, and they'll learn about saving for something they really want along the way.

While it is more convenient to go out to the store to purchase pre-made Halloween items, the environment will thank you! It also gives you a chance to get a little creative. And you could use this as a learning opportunity to teach young people about the importance of going green and cutting back on waste.

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by Kaylee Brzezinski

Nature Enthusiast

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