We are always striving to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Holidays seem to be an easy way to try to make more sustainable choices. We try to make small changes to lessen our carbon footprint as we enjoy Halloween. Here are some tips for a greener Halloween!
Shop with reusable bags
While you do your Halloween shopping, don’t forget to bring your reusable bags.
Go pumpkin picking and/or buy from a local farmer
Despite living in an area where pumpkins grow well, I was shocked to learn that local places near me get truckloads of pumpkins shipped in from across the United States. Think of the carbon footprint!
Going pumpkin picking is a wonderful way to support your local farmers. If you are just looking to buy a pumpkin, consider the same and shop at a farmer’s market or farm for your pumpkins. Don’t forget to make interesting photos on this day. You can find halloween photography ideas and make unforgettable photos.
Consider a homemade or reused costume
Instead of buying a brand new costume every year, consider buying a used costume or making your own. Not only are you reusing, but you can support local businesses like consignment shops.
When you are done with the costume, donate it to a thrift shop, drama club, or other organization. You can also sell it or give it to grandparents who can use the costumes for dress-up for their grandkids.
Choose items you can reuse
Halloween can mean a lot of disposables and trash, like plastic pumpkins and plastic spiderwebs. We have used the same plastic treat buckets for years, and alternatively you could simply use a tote bag, reusable bag, pillowcase, etc.
You can also reuse fabric “creepy cloth” versus disposable spiderwebs.
Go with greener decor
Look for decorations that use LED lights as an alternative to traditional lights. Find decorations that you can reuse, instead of ones that are disposable or don’t weather well. You can also get decorations that you can compost, like pumpkins, straw bales, and gourds. If you don’t have a compost bin, now is a great time to get one!
Choose more eco-friendly treats
Look for candy that uses less packaging and are more sustainable. There are lots of great options for candy to choose from, like those that are fair trade, organic, and sustainable brands. Alternatively, find something else to give as treats or favors, like small gourds, crafts, etc.
These are some great ideas, I have to admit I’m trying to be greener and I hadn’t thought about how that could be bought into a holiday season before!
You have some great ideas here! I do try to always use green decor when I can.
Yes, do not throw costumes away. There’s always a little one who wants to play dress up somewhere! I try to buy reusable decorations as often as possible. I don’t have a compost started, maybe this will be my next step to take.
I really loved your tips and the idea of being more greener for Halloween.
Thank you so much for putting all these tips together as it’s not always immediately on my eco-friendly radar to think about being greener at Halloween! I do always go pumpkin picking at a local farm but I need to consider the other points you shared. This was a great read!
I love buying our pumpkins from local farms rather than grocery stores. It’s one of our big traditions to have the kids each pick one out from the big field.
I love the ideas. And this should be practiced even for other holidays.
These are all great tips. We reuse costumes. You can always add to them to make them look different which is great.
This idea sounds so good! I would like to have a greener Halloween this year!
I love your tips. Come to think of it, there will be a ton of waste from the Halloween celebration so we need to be mindful of that.
I’m loving all these ideas. I think I’d like to try do do a recycled costume this year. I’m sure my kids would love it too.
Loving all these, great tips, thanks so much.
These are such great tips on how to have a greener halloween. Thanks so much for sharing them!
Really enjoyed reading on these ideas and will pass them on. Thanks!
These are fantastic ideas, thank you so much for sharing! I love being able to reuse costumes and decorations.
These are really good ideas! I’m trying to do better in our home and you have given my a lot to think about for this Halloween.
All of these suggestions are fantastic. This year, I’m thinking about doing a repurposed costume. I’m sure my children would enjoy it as well.