How to have an Eco-Friendly, Plastic Free Halloween


It’s almost time to start buying in the fake blood and deciding on what design to carve into your pumpkin.

How could this be bad for the environment? The goblins and ghouls might only have a ghostly faint carbon footprint but the costumes that we buy, and typically only wear for a few hours once a year, are a real planetary horror show.


The scariest thing about halloween isn't the costumes anymore....it's the plastic!!!


Halloween used to be about homemade costumes, toilet rolls & paper towels wrapped around you to look like a mummy, or bin bags cut into wings so you looked like a bat....now, it's more about princesses, Marvel superheroes and Disney characters...


Trick or treating used to be a carrier bag, walking the streets with your brother and sister and friends and cousins, then tipping everything out onto the living room floor and swapping what you didn't want. 


Now thanks to the retailers from The Range, to ASDA and even places like B&M and all the little pop up shops on the high street, Halloween is BIG BUSINESS.....and the plastic packaging, cauldrons, plastic pumpkins, costumes, make up, face masks and everything else that's thrown away from that big business, is the equivalent to 80 MILLION coca cola bottles....YEARLY!!! For 1 night a year!!!


Halloween is a 2000 year old celebration, celebrated by witches and warlocks with feasts and festivals, commemorating the dead, and the transition from Autumn to Winter. Called All Hallow's Eve, it was simplistic and minute compared to the multi-billion pound industry it is today.

HOW TO BE MORE ECO-FRIENDLY...


COSTUMES: 


Rather than splashing out on that 'must-have' costume, raid your wardrobes for old clothes and turn them inside out or sew things on them and create your own costume that you can use again and again.


DECORATIONS:


Start by turning out the lights (making a saving on electricity in the process) and light some candles to set the mood. Avoid parrafin candles and opt for beeswax or vegetable wax candles instead.  ‘There are so many things that you can do - we are just not just used to thinking about using what we have,’. Failing that, take to nature as the woods in autumn have plenty of wonderful organic, local and free decorations. Make sure you’re allowed to take the items and remember to compost them afterwards.


A carved pumpkin is synonymous with Halloween so make sure yours is organic. Make the most of your pumpkin by using the flesh inside for a hearty soup, stew or even a pumpkin pie. Of the millions of pumpkins sold every year in the UK, 99 per cent are used for making Jack-O-Lanterns - the vast majority of which end up in the bin. Instead, use the whole pumpkin and compost the remains. Also consider growing your own pumpkin for next year.


IN THE MOOD FOR A PARTY??


Create decorations using black & orange paper chains, bob for apples, use the pumpkin flesh to make pumpkin pies, instead of trick or treating, bake cookies, muffins and cakes and toffee apples. There are so many ideas you can use to have a plastic free, eco-friendly Halloween....

All you really need to do, is think about what you did as a child, what your parents did to create that spooky atmosphere when you didn't have money for costumes or OTT decorations. Go back to the days when things were simpler and know that....it'll be more appreciated, and more economical.

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