With Halloween being only 6 days away, it is not too late make the holiday eco-friendly. A Celtic tradition of autumn, Halloween is a time for superstition and celebration. It is also a six billion dollar industry; totaling up candy sales, costumes and decorations. One of the top 3 wasteful holidays, here are 5 tips to lower your carbon footprint and environmental impact on this spooky holiday.
- Decorations – Halloween decorations are necessary to add a scare factor to your home or venue however they can be quite pricey and temporary. There is a list of DIY green Halloween décor items in our previous Recycled Halloween Crafts
- Costumes – Halloween costumes are an absolute must have for the holiday! Get creative and upcycled old clothes to be used as part of your costume. If necessary, shop at thrift stores to find specific color and patterns to make your costume a success.
- Trick-Or-Treat Bags – Use your imagination to use and decorate household items such as a recyclable tote bag, pillowcase, or even a bucket for your candy collection.
- Pumpkins – Buy pumpkins from a local farmer’s market or local pumpkin patches. In addition, you can even grow your own.
- Jack-O-Lanterns – Don’t throw away all the goodness inside your pumpkin! Save the innards for your compost or use them to make pumpkin flavored treats.
The key to having a Green Halloween is to upcycle and reuse any items you can to make it scare-tastic! Make sure to save anything that you use for this holiday for next year to lower your impact. Have a safe and Green Halloween!