November 27, 2022
Learn how to make your spooky vacation extra eco-friendly

Halloween is a time for methods and treats, but it surely additionally means extra litter and waste that find yourself in landfills.

A 2019 investigation by an environmental group in the UK discovered that about 83% of Halloween costume supplies are oil-based plastics that possible will not be recycled. Consultants say a single trick-or-treater will generate one pound of trash on Halloween. 

From Halloween costume exchanges to pumpkin smashes, there’s no scarcity of how to have a good time the spooky vacation whereas additionally decreasing waste.

Merleanne Rampale, public data and training director at SWALCO, an environmental group in Illinois, has an inventory of solutions on the best way to have a inexperienced Halloween.

Make your costume at house — or purchase one on the thrift retailer

Learn how to make your spooky vacation extra eco-friendly

Toni O’Hara of Falmouth, wearing a home-made jellyfish costume, waits to stroll along with her youngsters within the annual Halloween parade. (Photograph by Derek Davis/Employees photographer)

A technique to assist scale back waste is to skip shopping for a brand new costume wrapped in plastic and make your individual, or discover a used one as an alternative. Take sheets, outdated and undesirable clothes, and take a look at web sites like or without cost costumes. You too can test your native free/purchase nothing teams on Fb and different social media websites.

Host a Halloween costume trade


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Halloween costume exchanges are a good way to cut back waste — and save a couple of pennies by not shopping for a brand new costume.  Internet hosting a fancy dress trade is about as simple because it sounds:

  • Decide a date and age vary for the costumes
  • Invite your mates, household and neighbors
  • Determine what sort of occasion it will likely be — “take one, depart one” or “take what you want” — and ensure to speak that forward of time.

Rampale mentioned you’ll be able to contact your native environmental company or different nonprofits to attempt to coordinate a bigger, community-wide trade.  And after the costumes have been swapped, you’ll be able to manage a recycled costume parade.

Use LED lights and soy or beeswax candles


Jack-o’-Lantern (Photograph by © Viviane Moos/CORBIS/Corbis through Getty Photographs)

In case your Halloween shows embody lights or candles for the jack-o-lantern, Rampele suggests utilizing extra environmentally pleasant LED lights over different bulbs, and use soy or beeswax candles.

Create a Halloween-themed geocache utilizing recycled gadgets

You possibly can weave Halloween right into a enjoyable household geocaching recreation. has some concepts on the best way to use issues like outdated books, tin cans, empty bottles and extra to create a spooky geocache.

Skip the plastic trick-or-treating buckets


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Use gadgets like reusable totes, pillowcases, or different reusable baggage when out trick-or-treating to cut back plastic consumption.

Flip your pumpkin right into a Thanksgiving centerpiece

For those who solely painted or carved on one aspect of your pumpkin, you’ll be able to flip it round and use the opposite aspect to make a DIY Thanksgiving ornament.

Host a pumpkin-composting occasion


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Based on Rampale, 40% of all meals made for consumption leads to a landfill — and 25% of it comes from family waste.

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You possibly can assist scale back that quantity by composting your individual house’s pumpkins, or go a step additional and host an occasion to gather pumpkins from round your neighborhood for composting. For those who don’t have composting supplies at house, native environmental businesses may help you discover a composting bin to your house or a facility that does composting.

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An alternative choice: Smash it on the bottom in your yard or backyard! You possibly can even host a pumpkin-smashing occasion to your neighborhood.

Roast or plant your pumpkin seeds


The seeds of the pumpkin lie in a bowl. (Photograph by Patrick Pleul/image alliance through Getty Photographs)

Put your pumpkin seeds to good use: You possibly can roast them for a tasty snack — or plant them and see what occurs. Ensure you have sufficient room in your yard or backyard for them to develop. 

For extra concepts, you’ll be able to try SWALCO’s Greener Halloween web page.