Halloween is often a great time for spooky family fun, but unfortunately it is often centred around buying new costumes, single-use decorations and lots of spooky items that are only used once, then thrown away. Unfortunately, most purchased for one spooky evening will include single-use plastic of all kinds - the scariest of them all!
If Halloween costumes, masks, and copious amounts of plastic wrapped treats are enough to scare you, then check out our top tips for a plastic free Halloween!
Bring costumes back from the dead
It can be great fun dressing up as your favourite spooky character, but a recent survey found that Halloween costumes are often made up of 90% plastic. An incredible 7 million Halloween costumes are thrown away each year in the UK!
Why not get crafty and make your own costume from old clothes? This reduces fast fashion and waste as well as giving you and the family the perfect opportunity to get together for some crafty fun! Alternatively, why not encourage costume swaps with friends and family?
Paint on a Scary Face
If you are looking for a waste free costume, face paint is the perfect option!
Choose a natural, non-toxic face paint which washes off at the end of the night. Transform into a ghastly ghost or a skeleton without the plastic waste!
Don't waste your pumpkin
Carving a pumpkin is a family friendly activity which screams Halloween. But what do you do with the left overs? Sadly, a horrifying 8 million pumpkins will be thrown out after Halloween in the UK alone. How about using the left overs to make a pumpkin pie or soup? Alternatively, roasted pumpkin seeds make a quick and easy snack and are delicious!
The trick to ‘Trick or Treating’
Instead of going from house to house collecting sweets in a plastic tub, why not use a canvas tote bag hand decorated in a spooky design? This is a family fun activity which will last for many years to come!
Home Baked Treats
Instead of giving out individual plastic wrapped sweets, why not bake your own spooky cookies? Children will love decorating spiders and ghosts with their friends.
Throw a fang-tastic party
You can throw a frightfully good party, without harming the planet by reducing your waste using these easy tips!
- Send e-invites
- Get creative and make decorations that are recyclable, like paper ghosts, bats and garlands!
- Make Autumn leaf lanterns using old jam jars and leaves found in the garden
- Plastic straws, plates, cups and cutlery are big contributors to plastic pollution. Use reusable crockery and cutlery instead!
- Play plastic free games, like bobbing for apples - this plastic free activity is as easy as it sounds and offers fun for all the family!