Learn how to have an eco-friendly Halloween because, just like Christmas, Halloween is a big business in Canada. We spend a ton of money on costumes, treats, and decorations for the annual night of fright.
Unfortunately, with all that excess spending, and mountains of plastic, comes an additional strain on the planet’s resources. It just isn’t good for the environment.
Sustainable Halloween Candy
One problem with many Halloween treats is they’re wrapped in plastic. And some, especially those containing chocolate, are manufactured by companies that don’t have good human rights or environmental stewardship records.
It’s actually tricky to do Halloween treats in a way that’s eco-friendly, but there are some ideas that can work:
- Go with Fair Trade or sustainable products.
- Give non-food treats.
- Make DIY homemade Halloween treats.
In some parts of Canada, people take part in the Teal Pumpkin program, which offers non-food treats for people with allergies and intolerances. Homes that participate place a teal pumpkin out to indicate they have appropriate treats.
Taking part in this program allows you to avoid questionable candies and offer a non-food item that can be more eco-friendly.
Eco-Friendly Halloween Costumes
Another significant part of celebrating Halloween is the costumes. Going with store-bought costumes that make use of tons of plastic props and reams of polyester is going to contribute to waste.
Some of the things you can do to have an eco-friendlier Halloween costume include:
- Shopping at local thrift stores.
- Doing a costume swap with friends or neighbors.
- Reusing parts of costumes you already own or giving them an update.
- Making a DIY Halloween costume yourself.
- Renting a Halloween costume that can be returned.
If you do a search online, you’ll find plenty of ideas for homemade costumes that don’t require plastic or spending a ton of money.
You’ll also want to take care of how you do any Halloween costume makeup. Go with non-toxic products that aren’t harmful to you or the environment.
Low-Waste Halloween Decorations
Halloween decorations, like costumes, are big business and create far too much plastic waste each year. However, there are things you can do to offset this problem while you still enjoy the scariest holiday.
Eco-friendly Halloween decorating can include:
- Buying used decorations at used stores and garage sales.
- Creating your own decorations from materials you already have at home.
- Trading decorations with other families or friends.
Again, if you do a search online, you’ll get ideas for making your own Halloween decorations from things like cardboard boxes and old fabric.
The Halloween Pumpkin
In Canada, there are thousands of pumpkins sold each year that are carved into jack-o-lanterns and then tossed in the garbage when the holiday is over.
Here are some things you can do to reduce waste:
- Buy your pumpkin from a local market to reduce transportation.
- Compost the pumpkin when you’re finished with it.
- Use the seeds for your own consumption or mix them with birdseed.
- Offer the pumpkin to wildlife to eat or make a bird feeder out of it.
Don’t let your Halloween pumpkin become another part of the holiday waste problem. Recycle or reuse it in an eco-friendly way to be kinder to the environment.
Other Eco-Friendly Halloween Tips
Here are some other tips to make your scary celebration less frightening for the environment:
- Get the kids involved to create the mindset of being eco-friendly as a lifestyle.
- Use a cloth or reusable bag to collect treats instead of a plastic pumpkin.
- If you have to go by car, arrange a carpool.
- Avoid single-use plastic for Halloween parties.
- Use organic foods and products where possible.
- Go with solar lighting to keep walkways safe for trick-or-treaters.
Use all of the tips in this post to spark your imagination and get creative in the ways you can enjoy an eco-friendly trick-or-treat night without excess waste.
Halloween doesn’t have to be a drain on the planet’s resources or create a ton of waste. With so many eco-friendly products available on the market, plus a few creative DIY ideas, you can reduce your environmental footprint during Halloween.