We love Halloween - from the creative decorations, to the community spirit, and of course, the sweets! It can also be quite a wasteful occasion: with cheap throwaway outfits, disposable decorations and plastic sweet wrappers.
But, with a pinch of creativity and a little planning, you can make your gatherings kinder to the planet whilst still keeping all the fun.
We’ve put together some top tips to have a Green Halloween and bring your community together this October.
Make your own treats
Making your own treats will create a fun activity to get you in the Halloween mood, whilst reducing one-use plastic waste. Why not use a favourite recipe and amend it for a Halloween theme?
Our Christmas gingerbread people could have a Zombie makeover, or use a different cookie cutter shape – a spooky bat or a pumpkin would look great. Or keep it simple with some microwave cupcakes, fudge brownies, or triple chocolate cookies – decorate with orange and black icing, or even spooky faces!
If you’re giving out your homemade treats, make sure to keep them in separate servings and prevent people cross-touching them.
Make your own costume
Get creative with your costume! What have you got inside your wardrobe that you can upcycle? Perhaps you have an old hole-y sheet that can be transformed into a ghost or a toga! Charity shops are perfect for sourcing additional items - it will be cheaper, and much kinder to our planet, to give new life to older clothes.
Craft your own decorations
Instead of buying throwaway plastic decorations, get crafty and make your own! Halloween themed crafts are a great activity to bring people together.
Try cutting egg boxes into strips of three, paint them black and paint eyes on the middle one to create hanging bats.
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Don't just carve! Cook your pumpkin
Every year almost 10 million pumpkins are carved into Halloween lanterns in the UK and most will end up in rubbish bins afterwards, that’s around 18,000 tonnes of extra food waste. It takes five months to grow a full-sized pumpkin, so don't let all that goodness go to waste, get cooking!
From curries, soups and pies, to ice cream, muffins, snack bars and even beer, there are loads of interesting ways to use your pumpkin after Halloween this year!
Have you got any tips for a Green Halloween? We’d love to hear them! Get in touch with your favourite eco-friendly hints and tips.