Halloween is coming up fast! It's going to be a little different this year, in more ways than one! But one GREAT change would be to make it more eco-friendly.
1. Make your own decorations
I love the idea of these paper spider webs (think snowflakes, adjusted for Halloween)
Or how about making bats or monsters from cardboard rolls?
Pop along to my Halloween inspiration board on Pinterest for more ideas.
2. Try to find treats that don't come in single use plastic
For the trick or treat bowl, I've found mini apples go down surprisingly well, and satsumas decorated with pumpkin faces are very popular (and healthy)! I also put in little gifts I've accumulated e.g. freebies from magazines, gifts from Christmas crackers and party bags which also seem to go well.
(This year, if you are providing for trick or treaters, perhaps consider spreading snacks or gifts on a tray to minimise little fingers' contact with other items.)
For a Halloween feast at home, I've found loads of amazing ideas, which again you can find on my Halloween inspiration board on Pinterest.
3. Find a costume you can reuse every year
Or make one from things you already own, so you're not buying cheap, plasticky costumes that can probably only be worn once before they fall apart, even if you try to be good and reuse them!
I made a vampire cloak for my son years ago when he was about six or seven. He's now 14 and six foot and it still fits him. He just wears it with his school uniform and some lipstick blood and dark pencil on his eyebrows! There are loads of similar sewing patterns available like this one below - which can also be used to create lots of other kinds of cloak too!
You can also found some more really easy, sustainable costume ideas on (you guessed it!) my Halloween Pinterest board!
4. Eat your pumpkin
If you leave decorating it until actual Halloween it will last perfectly well without needing Vaseline or whatever to protect it, and then once Halloween is over you can roast it! Just put the top back on and put it in the oven, and once cooked its incredibly easy to scoop out the flesh for soup or pumpkin pie.
Follow this link for some tips on how to roast a pumpkin whole.
If you don't like pumpkin, see if there are any local farmers who'll take it to feed to their livestock.
5. If you're going to buy, buy eco
Buy reusable costumes, decorations and gifts, and try to make sure they're made from natural materials that will eventually biodegrade. Again, my Pinterest board has some great items for sale, and this year I've come up with my own addition: a hand-knitted cotton "BOO!" banner which you can buy as a finished product, a knitting pattern, or a knit kit complete with yarn and knitting needles - perfect to bring out and hang on your wall year after year!
Any more ideas I haven't thought of? Comment below and let me know! I'd love to hear what you have to say!
And however you choose to celebrate, have a great Halloween!