Growing up, Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays. I would spend weeks planning my costume, making sure it was perfected down to the last detail. My mom would help me make my own costumes from scratch, and we would spend hours on end scouring thrift stores for the perfect accessories. Even now as an adult, I get just as excited for Halloween as I did when I was a kid.
But one thing that doesn't feel so great anymore is the wastefulness that comes along with the holiday. Every year, millions of dollars are spent on Halloween decorations and costumes that will only be used once and then thrown away. With a little bit of creativity though, it is possible to have a sustainable, eco-friendly Halloween that will leave you feeling good about your impact on the planet—and your wallet. Here are some tips on how to do just that.
Reuse what you have:
One of the best ways to be sustainable is to reuse what you already have. This can be anything from last year's Halloween decorations to pieces of fabric or jewelry you already own that can be repurposed into a costume. Just because you didn't use something this year doesn't mean it can't be used next year or even reused in a different way.
If you do need to buy new things for your costume or decorations, try hitting up your local thrift store instead of buying everything new from the store. Not only will this save you money, but it will also reduce the amount of resources needed to produce new items.
Make your own:
Another great way to save money and reduce waste is by making your own decorations and props. There are tons of tutorials online for easy DIY projects that can be done with things you might already have around the house. And if you're feeling really creative, you could even make your own costume from scratch!
Halloween is a great time to get creative and have some fun—sustainably! By following these tips, you can celebrate eco-friendly without sacrificing any of the fun. So go out there and enjoy yourself! And don't forget to take some sustainable photos for us to see 🙂