Now that fall has officially arrived, thoughts turn to Halloween.Â It is said to be one of the 3 biggest holidays of the year for retailers.Â Â A lot of flimsy decorations, individually wrapped candies and costumes destined to be worn only once, are proliferating in stores across America.Â Dare to be different.
This hat made by lachiffonniere fits children from 3 to 15, making it reusable as a base for different costumes for different children for years.Â It also comes in red, which might have even more costume options than green hair.Â Witches, clowns, aliens, and mermaids all come to my mind.
You might also consider investing in decorations that you can use year after year.Â I have some plastic jack-o-lanterns that my sister and I used for our trick or treating bags in the 60s.Â If you don’t already have your own reusable decorations, you can get some on etsy, of course.
You can also use reusable items as candy gathering bags such as this reusable bag from fashiongreentbags.
Or you could buy theseÂ recycled paper tags fromÂ recupefashion.
I’ve also seen a lot of Halloween jewelry in stores.Â If you want to hang Halloween on your body, you could still help save the planet by wearing thisÂ cute set of ghosts made from recycled metal by FunkyRecycling.
My Mom always helped us make our costumes.Â Â No thin polyester dress-ups and plastic accessories in my family.Â We wore simple sewn tubes for dresses.Â Â My mom would cut holes for sleeves or add some simple ones.Â Embellishments were sewn on, glued on or taped on.Â We might wear one of her tops over them, a hat, or lots of her jewelry (costume, of course).Â Costumes I rememberÂ from childhood are a witch and a princess and a ghost.Â You still have time to put together your own costume.Â Â Some I have done as an adult are fortune teller, witch, and doctor.
You, too, can repurpose what you have (or your spouse, or sister, etc) to make a creative one of a kind costume that won’t be thrown away All Soul’s Day.