I vividly remember the months of October when the Halloween catalogue would find its way to my doorsteps and eventually into my hands. The joy of envisioning alter egos, the potential to be whoever you want on that one day of the year, was a highlight of my youth. Little did I know as a kid the impact my dreamy halloween costume would have on the environment.
It is expected that consumers plan to spend $3.2 billion on costumes, $2.6 billion on candy, $2.7 billion on decorations and $390 million on greeting cards. NRF’s Annual Halloween Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics
It’s kinda mind-boggling to think this much money is being spent on things we can only use one day of the year and for that reason people get rid of much of the stuff the very next day. What happens to that halloween costume, all the candy wrappers and plastic spider web decor? The scary truth is it ends up in a landfill.
As that little girl who looked forward to this day every year, there is no way I’m giving up Halloween. It’s just way too much fun. I am, however, going to find creative ways to feel good about celebrating it without trashing the earth. So far I’ve thought of a few ways we can all make Halloween more Green.
Ask friends if they want to trade costumes this year.
Thrift Your Costume
You would be surprised at how many complete costumes you can find at a thrift store, or if you’re the creative type, put some iconic pieces together and make your own costume.
Zero Waste Candies or paper packaged candies
Actually Eat Your Pumpkin! Compost the Scraps
Pumpkin waffles, Pumpkin pie, Pumpkin soup, pumpkin pasta, Pumpkin chili, Spiced Pumpkin seeds. Need I continue?
Use LED lights
Energy efficient, reduce light and noise pollution, they last longer than conventional lightbulbs.
These are just a few ways we can make better choices during this time of year. If you have any cool ways of celebrating holidays in a greener fashion, feel free to share!