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5 Top Tips For A Sustainable Halloween


If you want to celebrate Halloween in a way that doesn’t harm our planet, here are six simple ways to go green:

Create your own costume

If you’ve been a Halloween costume aficionado for a while, you probably have a closet full of costumes that you can use to save the planet. But if not, you might need to start from scratch.

When creating your own costume from scratch, focus on using recycled materials and biodegradable materials. This is especially important if you plan on throwing your costume away after the holiday—and you should! It’s important that we make sure our waste ends up in landfills (least toxic option) instead of waterways or oceans (most toxic option).

Avoid buying decorations

Let’s face it, Halloween decorations are often made of plastic and they don’t biodegrade. Not to mention that they’re usually not reusable or recyclable.

You can easily avoid this by using a mix of natural Halloween decorations and items you already have around the house to create fun, festive displays without having to spend any money!

For example, try using gourds and pumpkins as part of your decor instead of buying plastic ones. Gourds like squash can be painted with non-toxic paint or left raw for a rustic look–and if you’re lucky enough to find a hollow gourd with some character on it (for example, one whose shape is more interesting than just being round), then you’ve got yourself an instant decoration!

Reuse decorations

If you have old decorations, use them! If you don’t, make your own. Many people get into the habit of buying new decorations every year and throwing the old ones out. Instead, try reusing decorations from past years. You can also recycle materials from around your house to create your own Halloween decor.

If you’re looking for more sustainable options, look for biodegradable or reusable materials that will be able to decompose in a timely way once Halloween has passed. Also consider choosing environmentally friendly alternatives like cotton or silk tablecloths instead of plastic tableware so that they don’t end up in landfills after they’ve been used just once or twice.

Ditch the plastic

The first tip is to ditch the plastic. Plastic is bad for the environment, and it’s also not biodegradable or recyclable. Plastic is made out of fossil fuels, which are non-renewable resources that take hundreds or thousands of years to break down in landfills. Think about how much waste you generate over Halloween—from candy wrappers to pumpkins and costumes—and imagine how many tons of petroleum go into making each piece of plastic used only once!

It’s best simply not to use any single-use plastics at all on Halloween: no bags; no straws; no cups or plates (bring your own reusable ones). If you must buy something wrapped in plastic at a store or restaurant, ask if they can put it in another bag for you instead.

If you’re giving out candy, make sure that it’s vegan

If you’re giving out candy, make sure that it’s vegan.

That means a few things:

  • Make sure that the candy you give out is vegan. That means it’s not made with animal products (for example, milk or eggs) and it doesn’t contain any byproducts from animals (such as gelatin).
  • If you don’t know where your candy comes from, check the packaging! The best way to do this is by checking for a “vegan” label on the package, which will indicate that no animal products have been used in making the snack food.

Halloween is fun, but it can also be terrible for the environment. Use these tips to go green.

Halloween is fun, but it can also be terrible for the environment. Use these tips to go green:

  • Pick up your trash and recycle as much as possible.
  • When you’re buying candy, consider fair-trade options that use ingredients sourced from local growers and producers.
  • Consider volunteering for a neighborhood cleanup around Halloween so that you can help keep your town clean after all of the trick-or-treaters pass through!


After reading this article, you should be more aware of the damage Halloween can do to the environment. We hope that it helps you make a more sustainable choice when choosing decorations and costumes for trick or treat night. If we all take small steps towards being better stewards of the environment then we will have a brighter future for our children.

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