Halloween is right around the corner which means it is the time to pick out some great costumes and carve pumpkins.
Halloween is the perfect time to dress up, be creative and eat yummy treats with friends. But having said that, Halloween can be largely wasteful, primarily due to the accumulation of disposable decor.
With fun and goosebumps, the celebration also generates a lot of waste! Mostly the food waste, the costumes, and specifically the decorations contribute to the magic at this time of the year.
Halloween is unsustainable due to the amount of waste accumulated after the celebration. Thus, most conventional decor is made from plastic sets and immediately dumped after use.
It has become a traditional norm to purchase new costumes every year. Some people buy brand new costumes either from online stores or from chain stores that are usually not sustainable and that they will probably never use them again.
Thus, look for zero-waste-generating Halloween decorating ideas for your home. Check out these 15 amazing sustainable Halloween ideas-
1. Diy Your Costume
Remember, to organize a sustainable Halloween party; you can make your own costume, which will be a great way to reduce waste.
If you still need to feel more creative, go for a classic sheet ghost full of Halloween costumes from years past.
On the other hand, if you find your costume boring, spice it up with some accessories, making it feel new again.
2. Skip Or Utilize The Whole Pumpkin
Carvings and displaying the spookiest pumpkin creations, you can decorate your house. But if the pumpkin is not utilized later, then it will accumulate as waste.
Some can also be saved for filling and making a pie or can also have pumpkin mash. Similarly, roast the seeds for savory purposes.
Therefore, you can also support the locally grown business and farmers when you shop for local pumpkins.
With an attempt to skip the use of pumpkins, you can alter the use of orange bell papers and make a small mini jack with designs of lantern party decorations for your house. These act like a great element for a festive party look.
3. Diy The Home Decoration for a sustainable Halloween
One of the unsustainable things about Halloween is disposable decorations. There are certain ways to get a festive look while remaining eco-friendly.
A great start is to reuse what you already own. Thus, if you already have a collection of Halloween decor, then prioritize that and get crafty for any new addition.
On the other hand, you can also make your own Halloween decoration, thanks to the innumerable ideas and tutorials that are available online. Thus, try to create online decorations from sustainable materials and items you already have.
It can be as easy as using old stockings or any yarn which can make spiderwebs. Furthermore, you can also paint and cut the cardboard boxes and alter them into tombstones. Utilize your old bedsheets or t-shirts in order to create a flying ghost.
Make sure that you use natural items like branches, leaves, bales, gourds, and pumpkins to spice up the
Halloween decor sustainably.
4. Try To Make Ethical Made Treats
Most of the time, people usually visit the super chains to purchase food in bulk. But in the end, it is noticed that most processed or hallowed-based food is trashed right after the celebration.
Hence, look for organic, ethically made, and sustainable goodies to offer out for trick and treat.
There is also the availability of non-GMO, local candy options within the neighborhood healthy food store. Similarly, you can also find fair-trade candy and chocolate brands like Costco, which will be relatively inexpensive.
If you are hosting a party, you can bake your own Halloween-based theme to save money while remaining sustainable.
5. Include Compostable Cutlery For sustainable Halloween Parties
After hosting a party, no one wants to do the dishes. So it is a good idea to include cutlery that is easily disposable but is sustainable at the same time.
Several eco-friendly disposal cutlery options make it even more convenient to host a sustainable Halloween party. Many eco-friendly brands are available in grocery stores and purchased online. These brands offer silverware dishes and sets that are biodegradable, compostable, and reusable at the same time.
If you wish to serve food, you can also encourage the guest to bring homemade items, choose a local caterer or make an arrangement for potlucks. With the leftovers, you can check out the eco-friendly options to warp up and store foods.
6. Include Seasonal Flowers
You can use seasonal flowers from the local areas to decorate your house. After you are done, you can also dry them and add them to the compost bin.
Furthermore, as a small token of gesture, you can send flowers the next day if you cannot visit a Halloween party. You can send a bouquet which is a seasonal specialty.
7. Bring In Eco-Friendly Goods For a sustainable Halloween
Remember, before you step out on the Halloween decor, think about what you can repurpose to create a sustainable alternative. However, there are several techniques you can use to accomplish this.
Paint and upcycle used cardboard for your wall decoration of cut spiders and ghosts.
On the other hand, you can also decorate your house with beautiful, incredible, natural, sustainable DIY curtains.
You only need to dry your critic-based fruits, such as lemons, grapefruits, and oranges. After that, you can find a way to tie them to the curtain. Hunt for a stick in the woods, take the measurement, and customize it how you would prefer it.
8. You Can Reuse The Old Lights for a more sustainable Halloween
The lights used for Christmas can also be reused in a perfect way for Halloween parties.
You can use the white house lights to decorate your house. These are a perfect way to add a bit of sinister light to an otherwise very dark display. Furthermore, you can integrate little white holiday lights into the dark and spooky Halloween look to add a perfect finish.
To illuminate the room, you can decorate it with fake tree branches and attach string lights. However, you can also find branches from your garden, decorate them with lights, and attach them with string.
Similarly, you can bundle all these tree branches in your fireplace to add a red glow resembling the ember ash that can snuffed-out fire.
9. Make Use Of Old Dark Bottles, Or You Can Spray Paint The Bottles
Do you have old wine bottles at home?
If so, you can use these medium-sized glass bottles as a Halloween display. You can paint them dark, give them a festive look and make them spooky like they are full of mystery.
10. Diy Glass Candle Holders
Halloween is definitely considered the time of the year when we want to have the dark corners partially lit up with light. Furthermore, you can use ethically made, non-toxic, and natural candles to create your eco-enlighted sanctuary for the coziest season.
11. Decorate With Papercraft Bats
To keep it simple, you can cut some black paper bats and incorporate the use of a Cricut machine to create them.
Next, you can attach them on the walls in flight right above the mantel and include them within the indoor Halloween display, creating a nightmare motion in the decoration. On the other hand, you can hang them over your bed or in the kitchen for an easy, standing-alone Halloween vibe without much effort.
12. Place Halloween Candy Jars Around The House
Adding candy jars in the house surely adds a delightful experience for the guest as well as for the kids.
Find some glass candy jars and fill them with festive-colored chocolates, gummies, and candies. But if you still need to get jars like this, consider checking them out in local thrift stores.
You can also use repurposed, regular glass jars after you clean them and clean off the labels.
13. Use Cotton Balls To Design Spider Webs
Considering the factors of sustainability, you should avoid using plastic Halloween decorations and utilize natural materials. Such as cotton balls in order to create spider webs.
Since cotton is a crop, it can be grown again. Therefore, as long as you do not contaminate the cotton with inanimate chemical and plastic materials, you can place the cotton spider webs in the compost when you are done using them.
After organically using them, send them back to the soil, not landfills.
14. You Can Add A Spooky Dinner Menu for a sustainable Halloween
When you organize a Halloween dinner party, it automatically includes chocolate bars and gummies. From salty finger starters to adorable cookies and cupcakes, you can design the most delicious Halloween spread yet.
For your side tables, you can add different types of candies with the mixture bowls so that you can be sure of using up all the leftover candy bought in bulk.
15. Try To Create A Halloween Based Fragrance
You can also add a warm specified candle smell, including sandalwood and cedar, with sweeter notes like vanilla. These lovely notes of sugar cookies and candy are a must-have as you are near the year’s final month.
Halloween Items In Non-Traditional Colors
For something completely different, you can assume decorating on the basis of theme items like handmade paper rats, dolls, pumpkins, and bats but with non-traditional colors.
You can also paint them in pastel colors and fall colors. This would be cool to collect if you need to be more creative to organize and creatively arrange the traditional designs.
Those mentioned above are fifteen sustainable and zero-waste Halloween decoration ideas that one can arrange for house parties.