- Take on the challenge of making costumes from old clothes or your previous costumes
- If you need a specific item, shop in your friend's closet first
- If you need to buy something, turn to second-hand clothes in charity shops. A thrifted costume ends up being a lot cheaper than a pre-made one bought from costume shops or online, plus they come without plastic packaging - though they might have a price tag attached with the plastic tag.
- Avoid polyester costume materials if possible, as small microfibers of plastic are released with every wash. Use a GuppyBag to contain the microfibers if you can't avoid the material.
- Oh and of course, don't forget to bring your reusable tote bag to the shops!
Sweets & Chocolate
There are a few brands of sweets and chocolate that come in cardboard boxes instead of individual plastic wrappers.
Some brands that have cardboard / paper packaging for at least some versions of their products include:
- Original Beans
- Tesco's Chocolate bars
- Dip Dabs
- Wine Gums
- Liquorice Allsorts
- Doisy and Dam chocolate
- Green & Blacks chocolate
Can you name any others? Please comment down below!
- Grab a pile of beautifully-coloured autumn leaves from the ground outside and sprinkle them around the house (make sure they're dry!)
- Use autumn-coloured orange or mustard yellow twine and thread the most gorgeous leaves for some homemade bunting. Use a hole-punch to punch out small flakes for natural confetti
- Of course, re-use any other old Halloween decorations that you bought in previous years
- Use real plates, cutlery and cloth napkins if you're hosting a Halloween party at home. If you have little ones at home and need to use plastic, look for second hand Halloween-themed plates in charity shops, then pass them on to another family when the kids grow up
- Use fairy or white-coloured Christmas lights that you already own for a festive feel outside.
- Hollow out your pumpkin and use it as a serving bowl for soups or dip. Cut dipping breads into cat, ghost and witch's hat shapes.
- Skip the pre-carved plastic decorations and buy real pumpkins, squashes or gourds instead. It's way more fun, especially when you choose your own from a pick-it farm.
- Don't forget to actually carve and eat your pumpkin, to reduce unnecessary food waste and avoid rotten pumpkins from releasing methane gasses in landfill.
- Look through all the colours and products that sit in your 'ignored' pile of makeup for the rest of the year - you probably have a bright green eyeshadow or sparkly purple lipstick that you bought on a whim... now's the time to put those colours to good use!
- If you ever buy the wrong colour of eye shadow or lipstick, remember to keep them for future costumes rather than throwing them out
- Ask friends if they have any speciality makeup you could borrow, rather than buying new products that may only be used once
Use biodegradable glitter made of plant cellulose to add some sparkle to your costume.
Reusable trick-or-treat bags
- Sew your own reusable cotton bags with some spooky Halloween fabric, or re-use an old pillow case, rather than buying a plastic bucket to collect sweets whilst trick-or-treating
- Look for used carrying buckets or similar accessories at your local charity shop if hand making a bag is not an option
- Loosely sold sweets
- Pumpkin seeds - for roasting and salting
- Loose biscuits and cookies
- Dried fruit
- Popcorn (and salts and spices for seasoning)
- Baking ingredients
- Grab a bucket and bob for apples
- Pin the (paper) tail on the cardboard ghost
- Set up a sweets treasure hunt in the backyard
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