How to have a plastic- free Halloween

How to have a plastic- free Halloween

Halloween is often a great time for spooky family fun, but unfortunately it is often full of plastic.

If Halloween costumes and masks to copious amounts of plastic wrapped treats is enough to scare you, check out our top tips for a plastic free Halloween!

Bring costumes back from the dead
It can be great fun dressing up as your favourite spooky character, but a recent survey found that Halloween costumes are often made up of 90% plastic. An incredible 7 million Halloween costumes are thrown away each year in the UK. Why not get crafty and make your own costume from old clothes? This reduces fast fashion and waste as well as giving you and the family the perfect opportunity to get together for some crafty fun! Alternatively, why not encourage costume swaps with friends and family?

Paint on a scary face
If you are looking for a waste free costume, face paint is the perfect option!
Choose a natural, non-toxic face paint which washes off at the end of the night. Transform into a ghastly ghost or a skeleton without the plastic waste.

Halloween costumes are often made up of 90% plastic

Don't waste your pumpkin
Carving a pumpkin is a family friendly activity which screams Halloween. But what do you do with the left overs? Sadly, a horrifying 8 million pumpkins will be thrown out after Halloween in the UK alone. How about using the left overs to make a pumpkin pie or soup? Alternatively, roasted pumpkin seeds make a quick and easy snack!

No more plastic tubs
Instead of putting sweets in a plastic tub, why not use a canvas tote bag hand decorated in a spooky design? This is a family fun activity which will last for many years to come!

Home baked treats
Instead of individual plastic wrapped sweets, why not bake your own spooky cookies? Children will love decorating spiders and ghosts.

Decorate
Get creative and make decorations that are recyclable, like paper ghosts, bats and garlands! Make autumn leaf lanterns using old jam jars and leaves found in the garden.