The kids love Halloween and we do some really nice stuff together as a family around this time of year. However I’ve been thinking about how Halloween is also one of the most wasteful celebrations of the year. So I’ve spent some time looking into ways of having a sustainable Halloween.
Long gone are the days when, ‘if’, you dressed up it was a bin liner and a passed down witches hat, or a pillowcase over your head with eyes cut out. Now we are encouraged to buy a new costume for the kids each year. Not only that, it’s not like other costumes where they can hopefully get lots of wear out of them. You are restricted to one day of the year if you opt for a specific Halloween themed one.
“It is estimated around 7 million Halloween costumes are disposed of each year in the UK.
Creating 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste this year” Telegraph
I’ve created a sustainable Halloween Pinterest board full of ideas, including easy handmade outfits.
When it comes to Halloween decorations to be more sustainable you can….
If you can, grow your own pumpkins, fun and better for the environment. We were planning on growing our own pumpkins this year but unfortunately that didn’t happen. But definitely next year in the allotment.
Or if you have a local Pick your own farm, it’s a great way to support your local businesses and also a fun activity to do with the kids.
However Don’t Waste Your Pumpkin Flesh as shockingly;
‘The UK will bin 8m pumpkins after Halloween, the equivalent of enough pumpkin pie to feed the entire nation, research has found.’ The Guardian
Instead make ….
Check out my Sustainable Halloween Pinterest board full of ideas.
For us Halloween is all part of Autumn and the change of seasons. If you make it about experiences rather then items like the plastic spiders and costumes and more about picking pumpkins, baking and crafting then you will easily have a more sustainable Halloween.