5 Tips on How to Have a Green Halloween

We thought we would take the time to share some helpful tips on staying sustainable this season. There’s plenty of decorating and costumes to be made that don’t require splurging at the store and instead encourage creativity. Here are 5 tips on how to have a green halloween!

1. DIY Homemade Costumes

 The cheaply made mass-produced costumers you find in every iParty and Halloween Mega Store are often end up crowding up landfills soon after October 31. They’re also overpriced and just plain unoriginal – we know you can do better than that! Instead, get creative and try to make your own Halloween costumers from old clothes.

Need some costume ideas? Check out some of these favorites from our Green Halloween Pinterest board.

homemade-halloween-costume-ideasMonkey business costume from Spoonful

tips-for-green-halloweenPop art costume from Vlamboyant

creative-DIY-costumeShark attack costume from The Fickle Pickle

These sites have a ton of fun DIY costume ideas. Check out these:

 2. Go Light on the Decorations

After Christmas, Halloween is the biggest occasion for buying decorations. Most of these accessories are made from non-recyclable plastic and, like costumes, end up in landfills.

You can create fun, elegant, and all-natural decorations from what’s outside! Autumn is a season of abundant colors and creations – celebrate the season, not just the holiday. You can create an arrangement of fiery leaves, decorate with fallen tree branches, and try funky pumpkin carving designs. Try some of these fun pumpkin carving ideas from Martha Stewart:

eco-friendly-halloween-crafts sustainable-halloween how-to-have-an-eco-halloween

Arranging candles and jack-o-lanterns to cast a ghostly glow and shutting off the lights adds a spooky sensation, in addition to saving energy (just be safe around open flames).

We’ve also come across some great decoration ideas below. Try your hand at making these!

sustainable-halloween-ideasClear bottle candle holders from iDIY

sustainable-halloween-decorationsDIY leaf banner from Simple as That

These salt dough ghosts and paper bag trees are a breeze to make and look fantastic. Kid friendly too! Learn how to make them here.


3. Halloween Treats: Plethora of Pumpkin!

Autumn is a great season for foodies – we all know how pumpkin fever can hit us with pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin coffee, and, of course, pumpkin beer! We’ve got our own collection of fun pumpkin recipes on our Pinterest account. Here are a few to get you started:

eco-friendly-halloween-treatsPumpkin chai latte recipe from Texanerin

healthy-halloween-treatsCauldron dip from Taste of Home

Don’t forget to hang on to your jack-o-lantern innards – pumpkin chunks can be used to create a hearty soup, stew, or pumpkin pie. Also try roasting your pumpkin seeds for a tasty all natural treat.

4. Eco-Friendly Halloween Party Games

There’s a host of fun fall games to play for families with kids. A few classics include:

  • Donut on a string
  • Bobbing for apples
  • Musical chairs (with the monster mash!)

Try your hand at creating this fun and easy upcycle ball toss game, with pictures and instructions from the Zui blog.


Or how about Witch’s Pitch, a fun homemade game by Chica and Joe.


Or “Pop Goes the Pumpkin” w/ instructions from Martha Stewart.


If you like these, don’t forget to check out our Green Halloween Pinterest board for even more fun game ideas!

5. Local Autumn Activities: Get Outside!

Autumn is a great time to get outdoors and appreciate the natural wonders all around us. Go out for a hike to enjoy the changing leaves, grab family and friends for apple picking, or wander through a local corn maze.

Many parks have haunted hayrides or ghost trail activities in the fall, so visit your local park for notices about upcoming events.

Do you have your own tips and tricks for celebrating Halloween the green way? Leave comments below if you have ideas!

Attribution: pumpkin photo at top by Jeremy Seitz

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