Halloween has long been known as one of the least environmentally-friendly holidays. Between countless candy wrappers, costumes made of harmful plastics, and decorations which burn a lot of energy, Halloween can be an expensive and wasteful experience. Luckily, here’s Vetemode’s Guide to an Environmentally-Friendly Hallo-green!
Design your own costume
Design your own costume using supplies you already have at home! Another way to save some green while going green, create your own hallo-green masterpiece from things around the house.
- DIY Upcycled Robot Constume
Older kids can get in on the fun of making their own Halloween costume with this DIY upcycled robot costume. Not only is this costume really cute and creative, but it uses plenty of items you already have around the house. This means you don’t have to spend any extra money making it!
- Homemade Captain America Costume
Superheroes are still super popular right now, so you might have children at home who are dying to go as their favorite character.
- DIY Space Girl Costume
It’s absolutely adorable and only requires a few simple materials you likely already have around the house, which also makes it the perfect option if you need a last-minute costume.
Get creative with your costumes or buy second hand!
Many Halloween-goers do this already but always try to explore costume options or materials at your local thrift shop before purchasing a brand new costume! Not only might there be specials around this time of the year but you’ll be sure to find something that you can customise to your liking or maybe you’ll find the perfect outfit!
Make your own sweet treats instead of buying plastic wrapped ones
Trick or treating can lure the young and the old, however, a lot of these treats come wrapped in plastic. So, why not make your own? Bake some sweet treats and cover using biodegradable wrap or compostable paper bags. It’s a treat for everybody!
We also included a few non-candy options if you would prefer to give out something healthier for Halloween.
- Equal Exchange chocolates are bite-sized Fair Trade chocolates made with organic ingredients and cacao sourced from democratic co-ops. These worker-owned co-ops benefit small-scale farmers in Latin America and ensure an equitable supply chain.
- Glee Gum is made using sustainably harvested chicle (tree sap) instead of a synthetic mix of materials and plastics. The ingredients are also Non-GMO Project Verified and don’t contain any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.
- Endangered Species chocolate bars are my favorite treats to turn to when I need something sweet. They’re made with ethically traded and sustainably grown cocoa, free of GMOs, and a portion of the profits help support wildlife conservation efforts.
- If you tend to get a lot of trick or treaters at your door, a bulk bag of YumEarth Organic Lollipops is a fantastic option. These lollipops are USDA Organic, gluten-free, vegan, kosher, Non-GMO Project Verified, dairy-free, and nut-free.
- If you want to hand out candy but you’re interested in something that offers a little less sugar than traditional candy bars, go with Unreal Candy.
Spooky Sustainable Decorations
Not only are the costumes and decorations comprised of materials which are non-combustible, the plastic packaging they come in only compounds their harmful impact. Rather than spend money on decorations which will likely be thrown out in November, recycle egg cartons into bats or make skeletons our of recycled milk jugs. Old stockings with tears can be made into spider webs, add a construction paper spider and your hallo-green party will be the talk of the town. The opportunities are endless and it can make for a creative DIY project for the whole family.
LED the way
Consider using LED lights or solar-powered lamps to light the path to your front door for those trick-or-treaters. Plus, an investment in solar garden lights can save you long term, with a return on investment of 47 percent over 10 years.
Donate your costume on Nov. 1.
Do you know of a program in your community that could use your costume? There’s probably a school, local theater troupe, shelter or center that just might love those fairy wings and fireman hat.