It’s that time of the year again when ghouls, vampires and the stuff of nightmares come out for one night. For revelers, it’s a time to don costumes and go trick-or-treating, put up Halloween decorations and eat candy. Britons are estimated to spend £320 million on Halloween this year, which is a frightful amount to celebrate what was once considered an ancient Celtic festival. But there is a way to celebrate a green Halloween! We’ve collated a list of Halloween ideas to make your party less devilish and more enchantingly eco-friendly.
Recycled Halloween Costumes 101
Who doesn’t love a spooky dress-up party? Instead of buying costumes made from flimsy, synthetic materials, why not borrow or reuse an old one from friends or family? Hubbub is hosting a number of costume swap events and costume making workshops across North London.
If this isn’t an option, rummaging through charity stores or your closet may be the next step away from your Bride of Frankenstein or bogeyman costume. All you need is a little bit of imagination and a touch of gruesome makeup!
Painting Your Face the Green Way
The right makeup can turn anyone into a ghoul, goblin or the Grim Reaper. However, with the myriad of face paints out on the market, it’s essential to pick one that’s toxic-free.
We’re so happy that we’ve discovered Snazaroo water-based face paints. Snazaroo face paints are non-toxic, suitable for sensitive skin and are fully compliant with EU and FDA regulations.
From Home to Haunted House: The Sustainable Way
If you want to go all out this Halloween, turn your home into a haunted house with these eco-friendly ideas that won’t cost the earth! Porch ghouls, skeletons and creepy crawlies can all be recreated using upcycled materials. Sustainable alternatives, like this list collated by Care2, are much better than purchasing plastic, throwaway decorations.
If you’re hosting a party, we recommend using what you currently have in your kitchen. But if you must use disposable party products, Susty Party products get our vote, which are sustainable and compostable, not to mention plastic-free and non-toxic.
A Spooktacular Lighting Display
Great lighting is needed to create a spooky atmosphere. If you’re purchasing candles, purchase ones that are ethically-made, paraben-free and not tested on animals.
Alternatively, we love this by Dialeklity. It uses an LED cool light that’s energy efficient and does not use lasers, making it kid-safe. With 14 interchangeable festival patterns, you’re bound to use it again and again and save money on purchasing lighting decorations for each holiday.
Don’t Forget the Pumpkins!
Britons throw out 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkin each year – the same weight of 1,500 double decker buses! After Halloween, make the most of your pumpkin and turn it into something scrumptious or include it in your compost bin. Pumpkin Rescue has collated a list of yummy recipes here, ready for your cauldron.
Lollies and Trick-or-Treats… Oh my!
Britons have embraced all things Halloween and that includes trick-or-treating. Ditch the artificially sweetened lollies this year and reach for eco-friendly alternatives that won’t compromise your health or damage the environment.
Last but not the least, don’t forget to use reusable trick-or-treating containers, may they be cloth or canvas bags, buckets or pillowcases.