Have an Eco-Friendly Halloween

Now that fall has officially arrived, thoughts turn to Halloween.  It is said to be one of the 3 biggest holidays of the year for retailers.   A lot of flimsy decorations, individually wrapped candies and costumes destined to be worn only once, are proliferating in stores across America.  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.  It also comes in red, which might have even more costume options than green hair.  Witches, clowns, aliens, and mermaids all come to my mind.

You might also consider investing in decorations that you can use year after year.  I have some plastic jack-o-lanterns that my sister and I used for our trick or treating bags in the 60s.  If you don’t already have your own reusable decorations, you can get some on etsy, of course.

Ottoman has spider web plaques made from wooden plaques found in a thrift store and repurposed into Halloween decor.

You can also use reusable items as candy gathering bags such as this reusable bag from fashiongreentbags.

If you are hosting a party, you can give out recyclable paper gift bags tagged with tags made from 100% post consumer waste papers and cardstock, like these from green earth goodies.

Or you could buy these recycled paper tags from recupefashion.

I’ve also seen a lot of Halloween jewelry in stores.  If you want to hang Halloween on your body, you could still help save the planet by wearing this cute set of ghosts made from recycled metal by FunkyRecycling.

My Mom always helped us make our costumes.   No thin polyester dress-ups and plastic accessories in my family.  We wore simple sewn tubes for dresses.   My mom would cut holes for sleeves or add some simple ones.  Embellishments were sewn on, glued on or taped on.  We might wear one of her tops over them, a hat, or lots of her jewelry (costume, of course).  Costumes I remember from childhood are a witch and a princess and a ghost.  You still have time to put together your own costume.  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.

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  1. I LOVE, LOVE Halloween! One of my best friends is in her 40s, has no kids and goes out every year on Halloween. I decorated a bunch of eco-friendly decorations for her party last year; it’s amazing the endless opportunities out there. Thanks for posting all the great ideas that others are making!
    :) Jennifer

  2. Such great suggestions! Thanks!!

  3. What a fantastic and timely post. I’ll pass these suggestions on to a friend with twins who will likely be going out to do their first trick or treat this year. Any time & money that can be saved when twin toddlers are involved is GOOD! :-) Love that ghost set, very cute!

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  5. this is such a fun post…great Halloween ideas!!

  6. Great ideas and items! We always make our own costumes. It is more fun, less expensive, and less wasteful.

  7. I was just in Goodwill looking for items to put together for my son’s first costume. I ended up finding a TON of used costumes too. I couldn’t resist a baby pumpkin costume for $1.99. It fits my son perfectly and was in great condition. I will be knitting him a pumpkin hat to go with it, and add a bit of a home-made/personal touch. Here’s the pattern I’ll be using:

    I think there are a LOT of ways to be green and counteract the endless spending and waste that holidays can create and I love this blog for giving tips on them!

  8. Great post!