5 Ways to Have A Green Halloween
Kaylee Brzezinski | October 21, 2020 | 3 min read
Here Are 5 Ways You Can Have a Green Halloween
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 Halloween 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 One Tree Planted Instagram on Halloween day!
Need some inspiration? We got you covered. Check out our All About Pumpkins activity kit for kids, and these 5 ways to have a green Halloween.
1. DIY Costume
Making your own halloween costume is a great way to reduce waste. 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 probably have a closet full of Halloween costumes from years past. And when in doubt, there are always DIY ideas online.
2. Buy locally grown pumpkins
Support local businesses and farmers by shopping local for your pumpkins. The 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 by preparing recipes with the insides, such as pumpkin pie or roasted pumpkin seeds!
3. Reusable Trick-or-treat bags
Save your money and re-purpose a tote bag or bucket 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 with some spooky decorations to complete your look.
4. Green up Your decor
Before you go all out on the halloween decor, think about what you can replace with more sustainable alternatives. There are several ways you can accomplish this. You can also upcycle and paint used cardboard for wall decorations, or cut out spiders and ghosts out of old magazines or newspapers. Again, refer to pinterest fo plenty of spooky upcycled ideas!
4. Eco-friendly candy
When shopping for Halloween candy, try to get fair-trade, organic options. Not in your budget? That's alright! Just try to reduce waste by purchasing candy with minimal packaging — or forgo candy altogether and give the kids something like rolled up change. They may give you a funny look at first, but they'll probably get plenty of candy elsewhere and you can use it as an educational opportunity!