sustainable halloween ideas

Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time to carve pumpkins and pick out a spooky and sustainable costume. It can be a hassle to choose a great Halloween costume, let alone a costume that’s good for the environment. Should your costume be cute? Clever? Obscure? Funny? And what about kids? Should you use face paint? There are so many directions you can go!

We found a few cool ideas to make your Halloween planning easy and environmentally friendly. Two birds, one stone! Or in the spirit of Halloween, two bats, one stone! No? Okay…

Check out 6 ways to have a spooky and sustainable Halloween.

1. Make your own face and body paint.

The Hulk. A witch. Garfield. These costumes all demand face paint! Whether or not you’re going as a green superhero or a orange animal, it’s easy to create color that’s safe for your face and body. Check out how to make your own waterproof body paint. Most of the recipe calls for of ingredients you likely got in the pantry, fridge, or bathroom cabinet.

2. Go as an eco-friendly character!

If you’re really into sustainability, go the extra mile by dressing up as one of these homemade eco-themed costumes like Vampire Energy, Captain Planet, and the Lorax. These original costume ideas show Mother Earth love as they fright.

3. Invest in a onesie.

If costume making isn’t your style, buy an outfit that’ll work for Halloween or just kicking it at home all year round. Amazon sells a variety of onesies, and we love this cute koala getup, a blue unicorn, and Stitch from Lilo and Stitch!

4. Upcycle kids’ costumes.

Upcycling is repurposing stuff into new stuff so it doesn’t go to a landfill. These ordinary household objects make awesome kids’ costumes. Others ideas: turn an old shirt into a skeleton costume. Or grab some felt, glue, and an over-sized tee to become the ace of hearts. Don’t forget: an old pillow case makes a great trick-or-treat bag!

5. Put your pumpkins to good use.

Pumpkins are good for more than just scary jack-o-lanterns, specifically sugar pumpkins. Before you carve, remove the sugar pumpkin meat and freeze later to make sweet or savory treats. Don’t forget to keep the seeds and roast them for a great snack.


6. Decorate with reusable Halloween decals.

Etsy sells cool and eco-friendly Halloween decals to use for many years to come like bats, gothic birdcages, and eerie ravens. We like this Harvest Moon decal and this fun Halloween collection.

Find more sustainable ideas and ways to help the environment on ThatHelps’ app!

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