How to have a sustainable Halloween

Sustainable Halloween Waste Free World

Halloween has exploded in popularity in Australia in recent years - kids are excited for months to dress up, decorate and get loaded with sugar! which is all great stuff. 

But on the flip side of the fun is the waste - single use items, plastic packaging, decorations etc. 

Here are some eco-friendly tips to help you create a more sustainable Halloween:

Dress Up

  • Instead of going out and buying a new outfit, try to refashion old clothes and materials from around the house -   the old sheet as a ghost never gets old. 
  • Rent a costume - there are some great places around that rent costumes, give it a Google. 
  • Speaking of Google- search for creative outfit ideas. There are so many parents creating up a storm. 
  • Put a call out to friends in the area to lend you an outfit or ask for their ideas.
  • Paint your face instead of getting a mask.

Decorations

  • Avoid single use items - they aren't great for the hip pocket and are shocking for the environment.
  • Recycle old stuff - perhaps there is some black wool hiding in Nana's cupboard you could use to make a spiders web....and what kid doesn't love a bit of art and craft.
  • Grab some branches and leaves from the garden.
  • Get creative - swing over to Pinterest and check out all the sustainable Halloween ideas that have come before you. It is amazing what people can do with an empty toilet paper roll.

Treats

  • Make homemade treats....remember toffee at cake stalls! 
  • Steer away from plastic packaged food
  • Use reusable bags to collect your treats - and use it again and again and again. You could even use a pillow case.

The Pumpkin

  • Use the filling for pies, muffins, soups, risottos etc.
  • Roast up those gorgeous pepitas and add them to a salad.
  • Compost it when it starts to look sad in your window. 

Do you have any tips for a sustainable Halloween?

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