Halloween is such a fun time of year. Unfortunately, the tricks and treats can sometimes lead to excess waste. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans spend $6.9 billion on Halloween each year—that’s a lot of store-bought costumes and candy wrappers.
Luckily, there are lots of ways to Do Green. Do Good. this Halloween. We’ve gathered up some green Halloween tips that will help you reduce your impact on the environment (and save a little green too!).
1. Reuse costumes.
Attics and friends’ closets are great sources of gently-used costumes. Especially for kids’ costumes, it’s a shame to see those cute outfits get worn only once!
2. Get crafty.
Pinterest is an amazing source of handmade costumes you can actually accomplish. Just make sure you use recyclable materials!
Crafting is also a great way to get fun, personalized Halloween decorations. We love these fun and easy ideas from Spoonful—especially this jug-and-pipe skeleton.
3. Ditch the plastic pail.
Pillowcases are perfect for trick-or-treating—and the kids will like them because they offer so much candy space! Reusable shopping bags are also a good, green choice.
4. Don’t let that pumpkin go to waste.
In addition to a spooky jack-o’-lantern, you can use the pumpkin guts for a soup or pie and the seeds for a tasty snack. And when your jack-o’-lantern starts to droop, let him haunt the compost pile.
5. Reuse candy.
Instead of throwing away leftovers (or potentially worse, letting the kids go to town), turn excess candy into a fun learning experience. Candy Experiments has a bunch of easy, at-home experiments, using everything from chocolate to those sad, neglected candy corns.
Thanks to the Environmental News Network and The Daily Green for some great tips. For even more green Halloween inspiration, check out Green Halloween, a whole site dedicated to a healthier and more Earth-friendly holiday.