How To Go Green This Halloween

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It can be a tough time for us eco-conscious folks during Halloween. You have what seems like an endless array of polyester costumes with matching accessories, colorful silly string cans, chemically loaded face paint makeup, and colossal-size bags of the sugar stuff. It is a list that is hardly sustainable but with a little know-how, you can keep your conscious values in check without sacrificing much during the ghoulish holiday:

1. Put together Your Own Trick-or-Treat Goodies.

Consider making your own Halloween candy for yummy and healthier substitutes the kiddos would enjoy. Most of the typical Halloween candy is loaded with harmful and addictive chemicals and unnatural coloring and flavors. When you can create your own magical treats, you know exactly what is in it and you don’t have to worry about wrecking healthy eating habits. Go green and use a sustainable candy wrapper alternative like parchment paper to package your creations. Most candy wrappers are not recyclable so do the planet a sweet favor!

2. Forget the costume, use more make-up!

Last weekend, I was watching a Youtube video of this amazing make-up artist transform a guy into an incredible looking witch doctor. What was so incredible about the transformation was the fact that she used costume make-up, sterile gauze and a few twigs from the outdoors. Rather than spending a fortune on costume wear and matching accessories, recreate your own costume based on a creative use of make-up.

You don’t have to have a cosmetic artist license to pull this off; access some inspiration via Pinterest or YouTube. They only thing to keep in mind is to research the make-up brands and what is in the ingredients as most of the products may contain preservatives, toxic dyes, other chemicals like parabens.

3. Keep Out the Halloween Superstore.

Here is the scenario: You got invited to a Halloween Costume gala last minute and you don’t have anything exciting to show up in. The last thing you would want to do, besides cancelling because you don’t have a costume, is make a beeline to the Halloween superstore. Those Halloween pop-up  stores that you typically see in a plaza at a busy street intersection are heavily overpriced and are questionably made.

Most of these costumes are manufactured with synthetic materials that are filled with toxic dyes that can wreck the environment. Plus, there is absolutely nothing sustainable about buying a costume that you are only going to wear once and toss or donate. Your best bet is to save your hard-earn money and get super creative with accessories you already have in your closet.

4. Something borrowed.

If you can find anything unique in your closet arsenal, consider borrowing a costume from a family member, friend or a trusted co-worker. This is perhaps the most economical and eco-friendly way to do Halloween costuming. Just think: every time you recycle a garment, you are reducing the carbon footprint.  

If no one seems to have a costume that piques your interest, consider going to the Goodwill or the local thrift store. With so many accessories and clothing, the possibilities are endless. Even if you don’t have anything in mind, you are bound to come across something whimsical to get you inspired.

I’m curious, how do you go green for halloween? Do you use other sustainable practices not mentioned in the post during the holiday? Share + Comment below!