Halloween waste busting ideas

Forget about the ghosts and skeletons, the scariest thing about Halloween is the amount of waste we produce at Halloween.

Much of this waste is down to single use Halloween costumes which end up in landfill. Add to that the plastic sweets, chocolate wrappers, decorations, and pumpkin waste. So here’s some tips for a sustainable Halloween this year and reduce the huge amount of waste produced.

DIY Halloween costumes

4 in 10 Halloween costumes are only worn once! Hubbub has some great tips on costumes Sew Spooky

The biggest carbon footprint from Halloween comes from the millions of poor-quality, fast fashion costumes that are mass-produced every year. See Good on you ultimate green Halloween

Bring an old one back from the dead, buy second hand, or get creative with things you already have, face paint and cutting accessories out of cardboard.

Reuse what you already have a piece of material an old black dress, some paper flowers. A bit of makeup and you have a zombie bride

Carve a pumpkin

Scoop out and save the pumpkin insides, then carefully cut a creepy face. Or if you’re not ready to cut, then try using pens, paper and stickers to decorate from the outside.

Scoop out the pumpkin flesh. Save some seeds and grow your own next year!

Cake, pasta, curry & more, we have pumpkin recipe galore! The insides of your pumpkin are delicious, healthy and can be cooked in lots of different ways. Seeds can be eaten or saved for planting and growing next year.

Get the kids involved and make a Halloween feast! Hubbub has some great advice on Eat your pumpkin

Re-use and Re-scare

Get some good quality Halloween decorations and reuse year after year. Some of my creations come out every year and it’s lovely to rediscover them each year.

If you have leftover paper or plastic bags, cotton balls, plastic bottles, DIY Halloween decorations are a great way to put them to use.

Decorate plastic milk bottles and light up with fairy lights

Pinterest is a great source of ideas. Here’s one board to start with Eco-Friendly Halloween Ideas

Naturally scary

Make use of natural items like straw, branches, leaves, pumpkins, and gourds to spice up your Halloween decor sustainably.

More ideas

We have given a few of our ideas, but I am sure there are so much more we can do, so please get in touch with your ideas. 🎃👻🎃

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