Halloween is quickly approaching so I thought now would be a good time to share tips on how to have a sustainable Halloween. I have never been into Halloween that much, but this year I’ll be going to a costume party! There are lots of ways that you can incorporate sustainability into the holiday and still have fun.
I couldn’t talk about Halloween decorations without mentioning pumpkins! Pumpkins are the decoration that everyone goes for, but there are a few things to remember. Try to buy a locally sourced one, maybe from a market or a greengrocer’s. If you are unable to, make sure it is from your country! When you come to adding a tealight in your carved pumpkin, make sure it is a soy or beeswax candle that’s paraffin-free.
Reuse previous years decorations
This is the same for any kind of holiday or occasion. Reusing is always better than buying new ones, so when you are buying them make sure that you can reuse them in the coming years.
Make your own decorations
Making your own decorations can be such a fun activity! Plus, you are more likely to take better care of them if you have made them. My mum and I made a cute pumpkin garland when I was younger, and we still have it now. Over on Lynn’s blog, you can find lots of Halloween DIY decor, here are some of my favourites:
I feel like food is a key part of everyone’s night, whatever you are doing. If you are going trick-or-treating, you don’t have to buy a new plastic bucket every year, you could use a bowl you already own and maybe add a bat sticker etc. Bonus points if it is a spooky colour!
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the food waste aspect of carving pumpkins! A few days ago I tried to make a puree out of the stringy bits, it didn’t exactly work though. I don’t have a blender so maybe it would have been better blended. You don’t always use the entire part of a vegetable, so don’t feel too bad if you don’t make use of the entire thing.
Keep the pumpkin seeds back when you are scooping out the inside. You can roast them in the oven, and have them as a snack.
You can also take some of the hard pumpkin off the inside so that it isn’t so thick to cut. I didn’t realise this until my brother told me. But there are so many pumpkin recipes to make. I’m planning on making some pumpkin spiced cupcakes → look out for them on my Instagram!
A few pumpkin recipes you should try out:
- Pumpkin pie pancakes by The Grumpy Olive
- Pumpkin cheesecake bars by Abundance Of Flavour
- Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies by Elle Grace Deveson
If you don’t want to eat your pumpkin, you can leave it for the birds to eat or put it in your food waste/compost bin.
I have only really been trick-or-treating once so I’m not massively into this Halloween tradition. Although a lot of sweets and chocolate come in plastic packaging, there are some that are more sustainable. Here are some alternatives:
Hire or rent a costume
I wrote about renting an outfit in my previous post, but I think for Halloween it is even more relevant! Most people want to go as something different each year so there really is a very tiny chance you will wear the costume again. There are plenty of costume stores around that I’m sure would be happy to rent out a costume.
Related post: How to have a sustainable wardrobe
Make your own costume
Another idea for having a sustainable Halloween is to make your own costume. I’m planning on going as a cat to a house party but I didn’t really want to spend a lot of money or buy anything I couldn’t wear again. I have some cat ears from when I was younger. I don’t have a tail, but I’m planning on using some tights. Then I will most likely wear all black and add some whiskers and a nose with eyeliner.
Buy your clothes second hand
If it wasn’t so close to Halloween, I would definitely have ordered something off Vinted. I’m thinking maybe a fluffy black jumper or a leopard print dress. If you type in ‘Halloween costume’ to Vinted, I think they would be more expensive than normal. You could visit your local charity shops to find some spooky clothes – I think I’ll see if I can find a black dress tomorrow!
What are you doing to have a sustainable Halloween?
Best wishes, Cx