The leaves are changing and fall is here, which means that Halloween is just around the corner. With a little rethinking and a little planning, you can save money, produce less waste and have more fun this Halloween! Here’s how:
- See what you already have at home. Look to nature – leaves, gourds and pinecones make great decorations.
- Before buying new decorations, check your local thrift store.
- Purchase high-quality decorations that will last years and avoid disposable decorations. Store them carefully, so you don’t forget for next year!
- Because of their one-time use and extra packaging, new costumes can be wasteful.
- Instead of buying new costumes, head to a thrift store or exchange costume pieces with friends.
- Use what you have at home – a cardboard box can become almost anything! Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- If you buy a new costume, consider donating it after Halloween. Usually, local schools, theaters, and shelters will gladly accept your dress-up treasures.
- Serve locally produced foods that require less packaging.
- For parties at school and at home, limit disposable service ware. Use durable dishes, napkins, cups, and utensils. Offer cups for water, instead of serving bottled water.
- To minimize packaging, buy treats in bulk or at local farmers markets.
- Unfortunately, candy wrappers are not recyclable or compostable. But they are re-usable! Here are ten awesome projects using candy wrappers.
- Give fewer treats to each child.
- Instead of plastic candy containers, opt for a reusable bag. Transforming an old pillow case to a treat bag to use each year makes a fun activity.
- Hand out treats wrapped in wax paper, like taffy. The wax paper wrappers can be placed in Seattle food/yard waste carts.
- Pumpkins are an essential Halloween decoration. Think creatively about how to use all parts of your pumpkin. Roast seeds. Puree pumpkin flesh. You can even make pumpkin gut pasta!
- Here are more ideas for how to use your old jack-o-lantern.
- And remember, anything leftover can go in the compost.