Halloween is a great excuse to indulge on candy (fair trade), have a horror movie night marathon (no thanks for me!) or explore haunted mazes. There’s nothing actually evil about the holiday, but the way we celebrate it can have environmental consequences. I encourage you to join in on the spooky vibes while being mindful of how you want to participate.
Did you know that over $3 billion is projected to be spent this year on Halloween costumes alone? This means that a lot of costumes are being manufactured, which is not necessarily healthy for the environment. Many costumes use plastic materials, and the production of plastic causes air pollution and exposes toxic chemicals to workers.
With millions of people spending money on Halloween, we can aim to upcycle or recycle or be creative with better alternatives! Halloween can still be fun with these tips below for finding an eco-friendly costume.
5 Tips on Finding an Eco-Friendly Costume for a Spooky Halloween 2017
1. Borrow or swap costumes.
Ask your friends or family members if they have any costumes! They might have something they won’t use this year. You can tweak the costume that is specific to your style, and with permission, you can ask your friend if you can tailor it. Borrowing also saves you money. Plus after the event, you won’t have something collecting dust in your closet all year. Another advantage is that it will be rare for other people to have the same costume as you.
Find your local costume shop! I grew up in a desert town without much in it (not like city life at least). There’s this costume boutique shop in town and the owner hand-made costumes for others. She also had a lot of originals to rent out. Scope out local shops like this and see if you can rent. Plus, it can be fun to talk to the owner and see how passionate and creative they are with costume-making.
3. Look in your own closet — or your grandma’s.
Use your creative power and put together your own costume. We love these creative suggestions by JENerationDIY. Re-using your clothes is cost-effective and eco-friendly!
4. Create mask templates.
You can download mask (or accessory) templates and construct it yourself to make it truly your own. In our 2016 October box, we featured a digital mask designed by Wintercroft. They give you tips on how to structure your mask and what materials you can use. It’s truly a unique modern costume idea. Have any cereal boxes?
5. You can do a lot with just make up!
If you can’t find anything to wear, you can have fun with putting on simple to micro-detailed makeup. Express your alter giraffe or panda or glamorous zombie character. Here are some great animal costume makeup ideas. If you want to take an extra step further try body painting!
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