Don’t Spook The Planet: Easy Ways To Go Green on Halloween

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Green on Halloween

The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp and cool, and Halloween is just around the corner. For many of us, this is a favorite time of year. We love to get dressed up in costumes, decorate our homes, and go trick-or-treating with our kids.  But it’s also a time when we can inadvertently do some damage to the environment

Every year, millions of pounds of candy wrappers, plastic Halloween decorations, and party supplies are thrown away. And while recycling can help to reduce waste, it’s not always possible to completely avoid disposable items. 

With a little forethought, it’s easy to have a green Halloween that’s fun for everyone involved. Here are some easy ways to go green and save money on Halloween while also reducing your impact on the planet:

1. Ditch The Disposables 

Most of us are aware of the growing problem of plastic pollution, but did you know that today we produce 400 million tons of plastic each year? And a lot of that waste ends up in our oceans, where it harms marine life. This Halloween, you can do your part to reduce plastic pollution by ditching disposable decor and opting for reusable items instead.

Tip: Here are 12 eco-friend ly and reusable Halloween decorations you can try this year!

 2. Buy Locally Grown Pumpkins

Halloween is synonymous with pumpkins. Pumpkins grown organically and locally can help reduce emissions associated with transporting pumpkins from long distances, and you’ll support your local farmers. Remember to compost your pumpkins. 

Tip: Keep the pumpkin seeds from carving them, roast them with a little oil and salt, or utilize the insides of the pumpkin to make delectable bread, pies, muffins, and soups.

 3. Get Crafty – Make Your Own Costumes

Store-bought costumes are often made with synthetic materials that aren’t biodegradable. Choose recycled or recyclable materials for your costumes and decorations whenever possible. Avoid buying new items that you’ll only use once and then throw away. Reusing items is always the best option, followed by recycling. You can also look for costumes and decorations made from sustainable materials like bamboo or hemp.

Tip: Many websites have excellent DIY costume ideas for you, your children, and pets.

 4. Bring Your Own Bags 

Ditch the plastic trick-or-treat bags and bring reusable cloth bags or pillowcases to hold your goodies. If you do use plastic bags, recycle them after Halloween. Many communities have special pick-ups for large plastic items like candy wrappers and pumpkin buckets. 

Tip: Check with your local recycling center to see what options are available in your area.

5. LED There Be Light

Choose LED lights instead of traditional incandescent bulbs for your jack-o-lanterns and string lights. LED lights last much longer than traditional bulbs and use far less energy, which is good for the environment and your wallet. You can find LED lights at most hardware stores.

Tip: Soy or beeswax candles are just as great for eco-friendly lighting. 

6. Eco-Friendly Treats

When it comes to treats, think outside the (Halloween) box! Instead of individually wrapped candy bars, try making your own healthy snacks or giving out eco-friendly toys as treats. If you give out candy, look for fair trade and organic options packaged in recyclable or compostable wrappers. You could even get creative and give out homemade treats like cookies or granola bars. Whatever you do, make sure your treats are spooky, not scary!

Tip: Get started on this list of sustainable treats that are also wrapped in compostable packaging. 

Final Thoughts

Halloween is a fun time of year, but it’s important to be mindful of the environment when celebrating. By following these frightfully good ideas for your costumes, decorations, and treats, you can have a fun and eco-friendly Halloween! 

You can also check out our list of 60 ways saving money can be environmentally friendly for all the other days of the year. From turning off electronics when they’re not in use to composting food waste, you can do plenty of simple things to reduce your carbon footprint – and save some money in the process!