Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start thinking about how to decorate your home for this trick or treat season! Here are eight great ideas for eco-friendly Halloween decorations you can make at home. From pumpkin carving to spider web decorations, there are plenty of ways to celebrate without harming the environment. So get creative and have a spook-tacularly green Halloween!
Make Home-Made Halloween Candy
For many children, Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year. Kids love to go trick or treat in order to score some free candy. However, store-bought candy can be expensive, and it's often full of unhealthy ingredients. A better option is to make your own Halloween candy at home. Not only are home-made sweets more budget-friendly, but you can also control the ingredients and ensure that they are healthy. There are plenty of recipes available online for delicious and nutritious Halloween treats. So why not ditch the grocery stores' candy this year and whip up something special at home?
Use Real Pumpkins
One way to be more eco-friendly this Halloween is to use real pumpkins for your decorations instead of plastic ones. Real pumpkins are biodegradable, so they won't end up in a landfill like their plastic counterparts. Plus, they're much more affordable than buying expensive Halloween decorations. And don't forget to roast the seeds for a healthy snack!
Create Your Own Spider Webs
Making a zero-waste spider web for Halloween is easier than you might think - and it's a great way to recycle materials you might otherwise throw away. To start, gather up a few old cardboard boxes and some sheets of paper. Cut the cardboard into thin strips, and then use those strips to create a web-like design on the paper. Once you're happy with your design, cut out the shape of a spider from a piece of black paper. Glue the spider onto the center of the web, and then hang your decoration up on a window or a door. Your guests will be impressed with your handiwork!
DIY or Thrift Your Costumes
Ready-made costumes are often made of cheap, disposable materials that end up in the landfill after just one use. And while some DIY Halloween costumes can be more sustainable, they often require special materials that you might only use once a year. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to create a low-waste costume that is both sustainable and stylish. One option is to shop secondhand for clothing and accessories. If you're feeling creative, you can also repurpose items you already have in your closet or make your own costume from scratch using sustainable materials. Whatever route you choose, low-waste Halloween costumes are a great way to reduce your impact on the environment.
Opt for Eco-Friendly Makeup
Traditional Halloween makeup can be full of nasty chemicals that are bad for your skin and the environment. So, what's an eco-friendly alternative? There are a few brands that make eco-friendly Halloween makeup, but you can also make your own. For example, activated charcoal can be used to create a ghoulish black smokey eye. You can also use beetroot powder to create a realistic bloodstain effect. So this Halloween, let's ditch the synthetic ingredients and choose eco-friendly options instead. Not only will this be better for the environment, but it will also be kinder to your skin.
Make Tin Can Luminaries
This is one of the easiest ways to create sustainable Halloween decorations. These luminaries can be made from recycled tin cans, and they provide a perfect way to add some spooky flair to your home. To make your own tin can luminaries, simply clean and dry a few tin cans, punch holes in the sides, and put a candle inside, then place them along walkways or in windows. You can also decorate the outside of the cans with paint or markers to create a truly unique look.
Decorate Your Yard with Sustainable Tombstones
Grab some old cardboard boxes and cut them into tombstone shapes. Paint the tombstones white, and use a black sharpie to write "rest in peace' messages on each one. Stick the tombstones into the ground around your front yard, and you're all set! Best of all, this decoration can be easily recycled and used year after year for eco-friendly Halloween decorations.
Recycle Your Egg Cartons into Halloween Bats
This idea is a great way to recycle those old egg cartons. Just follow these simple instructions and you'll have a flock of spooky bats in no time.
Start by painting your egg cartons black. Once the paint is dry, cut each carton in half using a sharp knife. Then, using a pencil or chopstick, make two small holes near the top of each bat wing. Thread some string or fishing line through the holes and secure them with a knot. Finally, hang your bats from the ceiling or doorways using clear tape or thumbtacks. That's it! These little guys are sure to add some fun to your Halloween decor.
Whether you’re looking for a way to be more eco-friendly this Halloween or just want some new ideas, we hope you find these tips helpful. There are plenty of ways to make your celebration more sustainable.
With a bit of creativity, you can enjoy a festive Halloween without harming the environment. These eight eco-friendly Halloween decoration ideas should help get you started! If you have any other ideas, be sure to share them in the comments below. Happy haunting!