Honestly, I don’t think that Halloween can be 100% zero waste… but we can try to do our best to make this holiday as eco-friendly as possible! And it’s not that complex!
First of all, if you already have some plastic decorations because you bought them years ago… It’s ok! Don’t feel guilty and throw them away! You paid for them, you have them… Might as well use them as long as possible! Anyway, they’ll take hundred and hundred years to deteriorate… So, why not use them for years!
If you really want new decorations, you can make them with things you have at home or find in thrift shop. When I was young, my favorite and most terrifying decoration was a character that my dad made from old clothes stuffed with dead leaves, a pumpkin head and a toy revolver… It doesn’t take much for magic to work!
Don’t forget that a pumpkin isn’t just a decoration… It’s also a delicious squash! Carve it only the day before Halloween, that way you’ll be able to use it for cooking. Even better, don’t cut it and only decorate the outside!
I know, it’s fun to buy a new one every year… But is it really necessary? Thrift shops are full of used costumes or old clothes that you can transform with a little bit of imagination… And children have a lot of that!
Also, did you think of planning a costume exchange party with friends? Your friends’ children’s old costumes could be a treasure for your children… And vice versa! At home, when my older sister had a new Halloween costume… Everybody wore it! We all had our year to dress-up as a pink rabbit… even my little brother!
Oh! Did you think to make your own makeup? In addition to avoiding toxic products, you’ll save money!! Discover the recipe here! And you don’t have to use a plastic spoon like they say! But you’ll see the ingredients!
Ok… We won’t do miracles with that! Hygiene obliges us to offer packed treats for the children Halloween night! But we can choose better options…
First of all, do we really need to prepare small bags of candies? It’s a waste of time and a waste of plastic bags. I prefer a handful of candies for every kid.
A better option is to offer bigger treats… Why give 5 little candies when you can give 1 big one? It’s up to you to choose, knowing your budget and the number of kids who will come at your home on Halloween. Also, you can go with fair trade products or Canadian ones.
Trick or Treat
Please, don’t follow your children the entire way with your car! It’s not eco-friendly and it’s dangerous for other kids!
A pillowcase or a reusable bag are the best to contain all the candies kids wish for!
After eating them, you can reuse all the packaging – DIY, funny wrapping paper…. They can be used time and time again before having to throw them away. Because most of them aren’t recyclable!
So… Happy Halloween!!