Homemade Halloween Decoration Ideas To Change The World In Greener Ways

Keep It Green This Halloween, homemade Halloween decoration ideas to change the world in greener ways

Keep It Green This Halloween

If you are looking to make a difference to the planet this Halloween, why not try these homemade Halloween decoration ideas to change the world in greener ways and contribute to a sustainable future?

They are fun, mostly simple to do, and will go so much further in doing something good for the environment than relying on store bought items that are generally the reverse of all that is good.

Many store bought decorations are made with plastics, vinyl, rubber, and other non-recyclable constituents. You can have all of the fancy trimmings this Halloween, but do so with a lighter heart and free conscience.

There are also greener ways to plan your party, organise some yummy food, create amazing costumes, and green up your trick or treat choices if you care to take a look at the remainder of the articles in my Green Halloween series.

 

Eco Deco – Eco-Friendly Halloween Decorations

 

What do you do when you are trying to maintain a lifestyle that conforms with the sustainability of our planet, yet want to participate in events such as Halloween with all the trimmings? It is not so hard to keep it green if you have a look at the following tips and ideas.

 

  • Don’t just think of Halloween when the time comes, always be on the lookout for things you find in nature or from your own household for recycling, or thrift stores, that you might be able to use. Store them somewhere and get them out from time to time to see what you have or can create from them.
  • Use glass and aluminum and other recyclable products to make your decorations. For example glass candle holders and mason jars can be painted or decorated with Halloween designs. Mason jars with small soy tea light candles in them work well for small silhouette pictures

 

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Mason Jars with a candle within, a silhouette on the side and some paper, make fantastic decorations

 

  • Cans can be used to build tin can men as a basis for a mummy, monster or even Frankenstein if you have enough saved through the year. Try making a berserk robot
  • Give your house a witch-like feel by hanging up sprigs of herbs and placing potion bottles on the window sill. You can easily make these using all manner of shapes and sizes of glass bottles. Cover a bottle with strips of masking tape, scribble over them with brown crayon and so that they look at bit aged, and make labels for them. Decorate with a bit of raffia and a sprig of herbs or a seed pod or other item from nature.
  • A simple stock pot can be used in place of a cauldron.
  • Try dressing up any dolls you have in the house in rags and use scary face paint on them. Other kids toys may be able to double up as decorations. Don’t forget the car Christene, or Cujo the rabid dog. You could even dress your own dog up as Cujo with a bit of tomato ketchup as blood or something that will wash off easily.
  • Some rubbish dumps have shops that you can browse and purchase items from. See if you can find things like old wooden benches, rusty old wheelbarrows, wagons or cart wheels.

 

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Hay Bales, An Old Wagon and some Pumpkins Make A Pretty Good Display for Halloween.

 

  • An old squeaky rocking chair sounds like just the thing to create a display of or to turn into a spooky prank, especially if you can rig it to start rocking when trick or treat visitors arrive.
  • Old shop mannequins and dress maker stands, if you can find them, would be perfect for building a scary feature/character.
  • Use only beeswax, vegetable based or soy wax candles rather than the petroleum variety. (Petroleum is a non-renewable resource)
  • Keep your lights out and use solar powered lights along the walkway to your door or as a feature spotlight
  • If you must use batteries for torches or lighting, ensure you use those that are rechargeable.
  • Collect decorations from nature, you could create a scary silhouette using strategic lighting and some weird shaped branches, or make your own

 

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Large or Small, You could use items from nature to create these spooky silhouette. You are only limited by your imagination

 

  • Spread autumn leaves over the ground to create creepy crunching sounds as they are walked on
  • Organise a family day out to go and collect items from nature to build your own creepy figures, shadows, wall decorations
  • Hang strings of popcorn through your garden and trees, these are biodegradable and compostible
  • Recycle or upcycle things you find at a thrift store such as old brooms and hats
  • Make a display from seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, leaves and flowers

 

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A Display for Halloween can be easily created from seasonal produce. Add a wicker basket or place in a wheelbarrow or on hay bales and you have an effective decoration

 

  • Stockpile old newspapers and stuff old stockings to create dead bodies or scary monsters. You can shape them fairly easily, especially if you use some thin wire inside such as florists wire.
  • Old, laddered stockings can be used to create spider webs or cotton wool can be pulled apart and thinned out to create cobwebs.
  • Stockings might even come in handy for bat wings, especially black stockings.
  • Be crafty with decorations.

 

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Clay can be used to make all manner of decorations, and is a natural substance too.

 

  • Make your own skeletons, or perhaps just simply make a pile of bones from papier maché.
  • Use homemade edible colored play dough to make your scary monsters or bugs
  • Rocks and twigs can be glued together for spiders and bugs, or painted for eyes
  • Shells, cans or bits of broken glass and china are a great way to make wind chimes for creepy sounds in the wind
  • If you must buy decorations, please consider buying something that you can reuse every year and even pass down to your children if you store it well
  • Use pumpkins to build a kind of Fall Snowman, maybe call it the Hallowman or Hollowman instead, use natural materials to make the hat and straw as a scarf

 

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Just an example of what might be possible if you use real pumpkins in place of the ceramic ones here.

 

  • Try making masks from pumpkin skin, clean and wash thoroughly
  • Torchlight silhouettes using cardboard recycle from used boxes, painted black, shaped like spiders, bats, witches, ghosts, cats and the like, and positioned where the torchlight shines on as a spotlight looks great. Or buy some good quality metallic torches and tape the silhouettes directly over the light emitting end of the torch and shine it onto a white sheet or wall.

 

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Try hanging this up on your window or behind a light source

 

  • Gnarly tree branches can be used to look like skeletal or scary arms and hands reaching for people. Try making a creepy figure by nailing these together, weird shaped tree trunks or driftwood as a head, or perhaps more than one head, and using thinner sticks or branches for arms. Add straw or newspaper stuffed biodegradable gloves or gardening gloves to the ends as hands.

 

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Halloween Terror Made Simply from wood.

 

  • Adopt and re-home a black cat to love as your pet. It will make a great addition to your home at Halloween for guests at your parties. A black cat wandering around a garden on Halloween, rubbing up against the visitors, or sitting in a window, adds a great atmosphere. I used to have a black cat named Morticia, after Morticia Adams of The Adams Family TV show. She was the most petite and dainty little princess I could have asked for. Beautiful in nature and fantastic with kids. Please make sure you only plan to adopt, rescue or buy a cat that you plan to love at all times, not just use for Halloween. Otherwise buy a stuffed toy.

 

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Typical Witches Familiar (Pet) – The Black Cat – Makes a Scary Addition To The Household on Halloween

 

  • If you are creative, make a skeleton yourself from a gray clay. You don’t need to make a complete skeleton, you can just make a pile of bones if you wish. Or pretend there is a shallow grave that has been unearthed and have a bone or several poking out of the ground.
  • Build a graveyard in your garden and use old wood or furniture for the headstones
  • Use the pumpkins as heads for your scarecrows or witches or any scary favourite that you plan to ‘bring to life’ for Halloween. Try placing one on the top of a stick that supports a plant, such as a vine or tomato plant, to add a spooky feel to the garden.
  • If you don’t mind touching feathers, collect crows feathers you find, or those from other birds, and hold on to them until you have enough to make your own crow design from them, using other natural items for the eyes, beaks and feet. the inside of shells might make great eyes, or long spiral shells for the beak, twigs or leaves can be used to make the legs and feet.
  • Old chests, suitcases and wicker baskets make ideal bases for a decorative display, with pumpkins, apples, garlic, sunflowers and other flowers of the season, fallen leaves. Add some flair with with a sign made from and old piece of wood, furniture or driftwood that you have come across at some time, and some other Halloween items that you have collected, recycled or found in nature.

 

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An old wicker basket, some flowers and some pumpkins and autumn leaves add flair to a simple decoration.

 

  • Hay bales come in handy for decorative props and seating.
  • Shop for material remnants or use your own scraps from old clothes and materials or items you have made yourself to make patchwork costumes for yourself or for your scarecrow or other items that you will use to decorate your house or Halloween scene.

 

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This witch could easily be made from scraps of material and some clay for the head.

 

  • Make tealight spiders. Use little mini pumpkins by chopping the top off and scooping out the center. Then attach 8 black pipecleaner legs and some googly eyes, place a tea light candle inside the hollowed out area and there you have it. Easy but effective.
  • I’ve seen quite a few people stack pumpkins on top of each other and either paint or carve faces on them, and use them as totem poles.
  • Try wrapping bandages around a pumpkin and suddenly you have a mummy head.
  • Carve out the pumpkin from the side and turn it into a dungeon for some of the smaller spooky creations you have made. You can carve out the bars from the pumpkin, or use thin metal poles or wire as the bars.

 

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Carved Prison

 

Choose Wisely When Purchasing Decorations

Many people don’t have the time to spend on making their own decorations, but would still like to be environmentally conscious in what they buy. If you keep in mind what the decoration is made from and avoid plastic, rubber and latex, generally you can still buy items that are made from material, metal, glass or other planet friendly or sustainable constituents. I have found some items that may help you. There are only a few but many more are available. Just be mindful of what things are made from if you find anything else, even if you intend to keep them for many years and pass them down to the family, because one day it will end up broken or too old and be thrown away.

  • You could try making something like this yourself, but the crashing witch has been a popular addition to the home or business for Halloween.
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Crashing Witch – Look Out

  • Lighting up your Halloween with eco-friendly means can be achieved with placing some old lanterns like the one below and using rechargeable batteries instead of throwaway ones. Solar lighting would be great along pathways etc, but to get an old style feel, this lantern seems to have the right feel and look to add to your spooky atmosphere.

 

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Old Lantern Breathes Eerie Atmosphere into your Halloween Adventures

 

  • These ghost flags are telescoping so that you can place them as high up as 12 feet, and they hold up well in the wind. They look delightful and I can just imagine having them lining a driveway or standing tall at the entrance to a garden pathway. Having them blowing in the wind would add an effective ghost quality to them too.
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Telescopic 12 Ft Ghost Flags will delight passersby or visitors alike.

Last But Not Least, What Would Halloween Be Like Without Creating An Atmosphere?

Try adding a eerie touch to your home to scare the daylights out of your unsuspecting Trick or Treaters with this CD of spooky sounds.

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Eerie Haunting Halloween Sounds on a CD

 

I hope you are beginning to see how easy it is to live in a sustainable way while still enjoying the fun, laughter and games of Halloween. Using these homemade Halloween decoration ideas to change the world in greener ways, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to ensure that your Halloween stays green. You can help others understand that they can too by showing them what it is possible to achieve if you set your mind to it. Do the right thing, set a good example, and your children will also understand the need to keep it green too when they are older and have children of their own.

 

I would really love to hear how you have implemented your own ideas and what you did to keep your own Halloween decorations green. Did you use any of my ideas? If so, it would be lovely to see your pictures. Leave a comment and let me know.

 

Thank you for reading and keep on keeping it green.

 

Warm Wishes

Ange

Best Trick Or Treat Ideas For A Green Halloween

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Happy Halloween – Friendly Witch

I’ve given quite a lot of consideration in terms of some of the best trick or treat ideas for a green Halloween. There are many of you who are keen on making sure Halloween does not become an occasion of wastefulness in your household or neighborhood and I’m here to tell you that it is still possible to achieve this all the way down to the ‘Trick or Treat” part of the evening.

 

What Is Tradition?

 

Traditionally, Halloween was not about having the best newfangled decorations, or holding the best party, or even who gives the best treats in the street. In some folklore it is about the end of harvest time and the beginning of winter, at a time when the boundaries between this world and other worlds became thin and other beings such as the dead and fairies etc, could cross over into our world. It was a time when people dressed up in costumes to ward of evil and to serve up offerings to gods for protection.

 

We Are Losing Our Heritage And Our Planet

 

In this day and age, where commerce and modern technology abound, the authenticity of Halloween is becoming lost and so is the health of our planet as they mass produce cheap toys and gadgets specifically for Halloween, that are often thrown away after a day or two. The offerings, costumes and decorations, were originally found from what a person had, or could grow themselves, or create. Not the plastic, latex, foam and rubber items you can buy today. You can help bring back the authenticity of Halloween by creating your celebrations around sustainable practices, including the most enjoyable time of the evening, trick or treating, by taking a look at some of these suggestions. I have also written articles on keeping Halloween as green as possible in your costumes, decorations, party planning, food and games as part of a series, if you would care to have a look at those to maximise your efforts to maintain your sustainable living standards.

 

So Here We Are At Last – The Halloween Trick Or Treat Climax

What steps can you take to ensure you are upholding your beliefs?

  • If you look around, you can find organic and Earth friendly candies such as these lollipops, that are labelled as planet friendly. Although I don’t recommend individually wrapped, if these are environmentally friendly, then the wrappers should be too. You can click on the image and do a search for lollipops and you will find where I found these. This particular package contains at least 125 lollipops to give away and such yummy flavors too.
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Organic Earth Friendly Lollipops For Your Halloween Treats

  • If you are concerned about disgruntled children not understanding why they are not getting a sugary processed treat, put up a sign and tell them in advance that you don’t give out the standard treats, but if they still want to come and knock on your door, you will be providing treats in some other form. If you make it something of a curiosity, they may be interested enough by what you have for them that you can provide an education about greener living in what trick or treats you offer them.
  • Use fruit or healthy organic snacks
  • Put on a show for them
  • Show them a magic trick
  • Catch some creepy looking bugs or a large spider in bug catchers and have them on display on a table full of other creepy decorations. You can make your own or buy some.

 

The Bug Book and Bottle

Creepy Crawlies and Halloween go hand in hand. Catch some critters and put them on display. Really big spiders can be pretty scary.

 

  • Offer to take photos on an Instamatic camera for them as a group and give it to them as their treat. This way you don’t have parents being concerned about you keeping hold of photos of their children.
  • Give them something you have hand-made instead
  • Provide something for them to do at your house. For Example, make one of those blind boxes with things inside for them to touch, make sure it feels icky but not dangerous. Have them guess how many somethings are in a jar and give a prize to the winner. Make it fun and you won’t have any trouble.
  • Make these cute owls from recycled paper bags and colored paper, feathers and some cupcake cases. If you like, they could double as masks. A glue stick or sticky tape will knock it together in no time.

 

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Owls can be spooky at Halloween. My Granddaughter made this one at school.

 

  • You can also give practical treats such as funky erasers, interesting pencils, pens and crayons
  • Get them to choose from pom-pom or pipe-cleaner creatures you have made, or give them take home packs with simple instructions for them to make their own
  • Try melting down old crayons, candles or earth friendly soaps and putting them into little molds or ice trays that are specifically designed for Halloween and give those as your treats.
  • Print out and give away a variety of scary character photographs from old movies
  • Have old scary movies running non-stop on a screen that people can sit down and watch. I’ve seen it done at Christmas where people provide the screen and home theater and the chairs, and people can watch as they wander around the neighborhood.
  • Paint Halloween designs on some pet rocks or shells, and have the children pick their own to take home, or they could decorate their own to take home
  • Collect some smooth rocks, or buy some, and get the children to make their own picture. It’s a pretty popular style of art these days.

 

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Pebble Bird Family, Easy Craft Activity For The Kids

 

  • Rocks can be painted as pet rocks too, or as scary faces. You could try painting them and writing messages on them.
  • Give out shards or small crystals instead and call it treasure.
  • Try giving out marbles, but be sure to tell them they are not candy so they don’t try to eat them. The kids of the neighborhood can use them to complete against each other at a later date, or swap to add to their own collections. You can find marbles in the section called Toys Made in USA by clicking on the below image and searching.
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An old favorite, Marbles. This particular pack is sustainably produced . A pack has about 30 marbles inside. Easy to give single ones away.

  • Collect interesting bits and bobs from nature and use them to give out instead of treats. Give them funny names like Ghoul Stools or Skeleton Bones or Witches Hats (you could use those shells that look cone shaped for these).
  • Find a bunch of rocks and spray them with black or brown paint and glitter and call them meteorites or space rocks.
  • Make simple birds, insects and spiders from seed pods and leaves and twigs.
  • Make worms from biodegradable packaging and color them, perhaps get the children to make their own by threading a few onto a piece of wire and putting sticky googly eyes on them or using a marker.
  • Make some edible play dough and the children can make their own scary characters, or use clay so they can take it home to dry.
  • For some Halloween stye protection, break up some garlic into cloves and hand it out to children to ward off the vampires, or thread string through a clove of garlic and make a pendant for each child for the same reason. If you have herbs in your garden, use sprigs of them to give out and make up some special power that they have. Again string a piece on to a necklace and tell children they are protective wards.
  • Make or buy some Kinetic Sand and have enough for a few children to work at the same time and create their own Golum from it. (A Golum is said to have been raised from the Earth to kill anyone who threatens the family members of the person who called it from the Earth)

 

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Make Your Own Kinetic Sand – Your Own Private Beach

 

  • Novelty Band-Aids (Plasters if you live in the UK), temporary tattoos, and stickers are usually a favourite of children.
  • If you want to make your own temporary tattoos for use as make up, you can make them at home yourself by forming a paste made from henna powder and other ingredients, but you will need to paint it onto skin for around 10 hours prior to needing it and test a patch of skin just to be sure you will be fine with using it. Fruits and vegetables can be used to make your own paints. Recipes abound on the internet.
  • Give out necklaces strung with popcorn, leaves or seed pods. Try having children quickly make their own if you are spending the time at a table.
  • Here’s an idea. If you like tarot cards, dress up like a gypsy, witch or warlock and let each child pull a card out from either a real tarot deck or one you’ve created and pretend to tell their fortune.

 

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Set Up A Fortune Tellers Table and Tell the Children’s Fortune

 

  • Freeze grapes, pineapple pieces, blueberries and other types of berries, orange and mandarin slices, watermelon and cantaloupe if available. Give these out as candies instead. Believe it or not, frozen peas are a yummy snack too.
  • Give fresh fruit slices out and allow them to dip the fruit in chocolate fountain, or chocolate dip them yourself and let them set.
  • Make meringue ghosts
  • Use dates and other dried fruits to give out. They may not be ideal but they will still be better than the highly processed candy bought in stores. If you use seeds and nuts, be aware there may be children with allergies.
  • Buy only organic lollies or make sure any you buy do not include palm oil in their processing or ingredients.
  • Popcorn is biodegradable and you can make up new batches as you run out quite quickly.
  • Offer to tell them a short scary story and create a setting on your porch or verandah, some cushions, use eerie lighting and shadows to set the scene. You may wish to relate the history of Halloween, or talk about the most famous creatures, monsters, witches, etc
  • Find an old lab coat, some crazy glasses and a wacky wig, probably all available at a thrift store, and dress up as a mad scientist. Instead of giving treats, you can find simple experiments to do for the kids, or have them join in on them. There would be a lot of free resources online if you do a Google search, or you can buy a book such as the one below.

 

365 Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials

These simple science experiments will capture the attention of the children. Dress up as a mad scientist and start experimenting.

 

  • If you are a Dad, or have a Dad, that loves making cool things, this next book will get you going. Be the mad scientist Dad that your kids will love to show off as their friends come to your door on Halloween.

 

Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff

Be the mad scientist DIY Dad that wows your neighborhood with cool stuff that you have created

 

  • Scare them as they walk up and knock on your door or are walking up your path.
  • Hire someone to provide the tables and activities for sand art.

 

The Stage Is Set

After looking through this article about the best trick or treat ideas for a green Halloween, and my other articles, the stage is all set for you to blaze the way into a sustainable future. People will follow, it usually just takes someone to start. Setting things in motion is the most difficult part, being the first to act is tricky, but once you do your bit for the environment, many others will light the same flame. Hopefully it won’t take them too long. The sooner everyone takes a small baby step in the right direction, the faster we halt the progress of non-sustainable practices.

 

Thank you for reading. If you have tried any of these suggestions, I urge you to tell us of your experiences this Halloween by writing them into my comments section.

 

Hope you have a wonderful Halloween.

 

Warm Wishes

 

Ange

Green Halloween Costume Ideas

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Welcome To Halloween

If you are looking to turn over a new leaf and keep your Halloween celebrations a little greener and environmentally friendly, the following green Halloween costume ideas and make-up suggestions should point you in the right direction.

It is possible to maintain your stance on living a sustainable lifestyle while not feeling like you are missing out on all the fun of Halloween. Being that it is a celebration that involves things from times past, that means that the traditions and decorations have not been influenced by modern technology. It’s only the consumer side of things and big business that has made Halloween the wasteful and not so environmentally friendly occasion that it has become.

 

The Buck Stops Here!

 

Making a buck at Halloween means that companies have resorted to cheap plastics and other non-recyclable methods of mass producing cheap (and expensive) costumes. Now everybody believes they have to wow everyone with the next new Halloween costume, decoration, animated toy or eyeball candy variety rather than bringing it back to what it once was. A time when people lived with what they had.

There are options to create a fantastic atmosphere on Halloween, yet feel confident that your choices are still not having any unwelcome impacts on the environment and our future. You don’t have to look very far, and if you really don’t have the time or creativity there are still places to purchase Halloween costumes that if you are careful with your choice and read the descriptions, you can still find some that fit your needs.

 

Greening Up Your Costumes The DIY Way

Try out your creative talents and make your own costumes from the following ideas:

  • Perhaps the first thing to consider is to make your own costume from recycled items of rubbish, by rubbish, I mean clean, usable rubbish. I’m sure you could come up with a pretty cool name for your character creation. How about Trash Man, or Garbage Guts, or The Creature from the Rubbish Pit, Tip Trouble? I know, these are probably more lame than cool but it’s an idea anyway.
  • Old clothes in your wardrobe
  • Old School uniforms
  • Old sports gear
  • You can get a box of remnants or buy some silk scarves and use them to make all manner of costumes that you can sew or tie together or hold on with pins etc.

 

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Box of Play Silk Scarves – 7 Different colors. Easy to throw together into a costume, and earth friendly too. Do a search on the site in Toys and then Fancy Dress

 

  • If you have siblings of the opposite sex, swap clothes. If you are male and have a sister, borrow her clothes dress up as a girl and vice versa. My own brother and one of his friends borrowed some dresses and high heeled shoes from me and dressed up as girls out on the town. Another time he borrowed my nightie. He always liked the attention so he didn’t feel embarrassed at all by this.
  • Swap costumes with your friends that were used last year with your own allowing you to be eco-friendly by recycling old costumes. Store bought costumes, especially masks, are usually made from nasty non-biodegradable plastics or rubber and add to the land fill when discarded.
  • Hold on to any costumes you have previously bought for fancy dress parties or special occasions. They can be reused or revamped.
  • Scour the internet for ideas, suggestions and how-to’s in making your own costumes and see how you can use greener items to improve on it’s impact on sustainability. For example, I found this image of a giant doll that could be made with a little bit of creativity from scraps of material, long white gloves, and a white painted face with very heavy makeup, a red piece of remnant material or scarf could be use as the hair.

 

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We’ve all heard of the evil Chucky from the movie Child’s Play, but here is an idea for a giant doll that could be made quite easily from scraps.

 

  • You may find people online who are advertising to swap costumes, often these sites are free
  • Search through garage sales and thrift stores for second hand store bought costumes to continue to recycle them.
  • Thrift stores also sell old clothes that you can rip up, tear, dye or put holes in to make all kinds of costumes, the most common being a zombie.

 

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Zombies. A Common and Easy Costume to Make using clothing from your wardrobe or old clothes.

 

  • Use simple items from home such as a sheet that can easily be turned into a ghost, or possibly turn it into a toga to become a Greek God or Goddess
  • If creating is not your style, there are places you can rent a costume, although they may not be as environmentally friendly as you are hoping to maintain.
  • Bandages make great mummy costumes, stain them with coffee or tea for added aged effect.

 

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Wrap Yourself In Bandages and You’re A Pretty Effective Mummy

 

  • Hunting through the trash or starting early to hold on to items such as cans and bottles etc, can lead to the creation of some pretty fantastic costumes.
  • Aluminum cans might be transformed into a suit of armor, but remember to cover the sharp edges.
  • Try saving bubble wrap (although not a green product, you can and least reuse or recycle it and using it to make the giant marshmallow man from the original Ghostbusters movie.
  • Likewise old flower pots can be turned into armor or a robot. You get the picture I’m sure.
  • Helmets can make a pretty good base for a costume that you can build out into something crazy. A friend of mine used a bicycle helmet and built it out into a great head for a Jar Jar Binks costume from the movie Star Wars.

 

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My friend made a Jar Jar Binks head from a bike helmet

 

Not As Creative Or Too Time Constrained To Make Something? Try These Options!

 

  • If you find you aren’t all that creative, you can still purchase some pretty cool costumes that are not always made from latex, rubber and plastics. I found this werewolf costume online and it is mainly materials that are environmentally friendly. There are many others at this online store, I have bought some myself, that are safe to use in terms of keeping your costumes as green as possible, such as this child’s bat costume and this adult male’s King Of Egypt. The less latex and plastic in a costume, the more planet safe it is. Choose material only for the best choices.
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Even the Adults can be sure to keep it green with this King Of Egypt costume.

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Kids Eco Friendly Werewolf Costume From A Store. Believe it or not, if you are careful, you can still find many. You may still need to do a search for ‘werewolf’ to find this one

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Another Eco-friendly Costume. You don’t find too many bats costumes. Do a search for bats.

 

 

 

Costume Make Up Choices Can Be Natural Or At Least As Eco-Friendly As Possible

 

It’s a bit tricky when it comes to choices in terms of costume make-up. The usual brands claim to be non-toxic so if you need to, you can use those brands and hopefully they will not be a contributor to damage to the environment. You can also try making your own. Here are a few ideas.

 

  • Using up all of those odds and ends of old make-up left at the bottom of your cosmetics case or bathroom drawers is a great way to come up with something spectacular, colorful and weird. This is a way to put them to good use without having to buy more. Less packaging and transportation impacts on the environment than buying brand new costume make up
  • There are recipes you can find online to make your own face paint without the use of food coloring. This keeps the toxins out of your skin and also those same chemicals do not end up in the waterways once they are washed down the sink. It’s easy to search on Pinterest or Google. I found this one on ehow.com and made it into an image so you can follow it easily.

 

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Home Made Face Paint Without Food Coloring

 

  • You can buy natural face paints online and I will let you know once I find a company I feel I can recommend.
  • In the meantime, if buying face or body paints online, be mindful of what is in them. Those that wash off easily are more likely to be better for the environment and yourself. The ones I am showing here are not natural paints.
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A Clown Makeup set that contains a lot of colors to give you a lot of choice

 

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If you need to cover more than just your face, this body paint is supposed to easily wash off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you have found some useful information for green Halloween costume ideas and how to keep costume make up to a minimal impact on the environment and your own skin. I would really love some feedback on what you thought of these ideas. Let me know if you tried any of them. Better yet, leave a comment and a photo if you are able to. I’m looking forward to seeing what you all do.

 

Have a fantastic Halloween and keep safe.

 

Warm Wishes

Ange

 

 


A Green Halloween Is A Chance To Make A Difference -Think Green at Halloween For Food And Games Choices

A green Halloween is a chance to make a difference

An Example of a Sign or Invitation You Might Like To Use.

 

Have you given much thought to how you can contribute to sustainable living during Halloween? A green Halloween is a chance to make a difference in one of the many small ways that we, the little people, can make a statement and educate people on how even such a wasteful yet celebratory occasion can remain as green as possible.

I wrote in my previous article, which together with this and several other articles, offer more than 100 ideas on how it is possible during the lead up, preparation, decorations, costumes and trick or treat ideas for Halloween, for you to make environmentally friendly choices for the event.

This article discusses how you can think green at Halloween for food and games choices by showing you what ways you can be Eco-conscious with your food preparations and party games. The suggestions here are only a small offering in terms of the potential for Halloween to be green, there is so much more you can do, but at least these tips can give you a head start.

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve Got The Preparations Underway, So What’s Next?

 

Green Style Sustainable Food Selections Are Attainable And Available

 

  • Probably the most obvious choice you can make is to bake your own cookies, or make your own toffees, etc
  • Forego individually wrapping items, unless you can find something biodegradable or edible
  • Use seasonal fruits and vegetables and buy organic and from a local market
  • Home make everything rather than use processed, store bought foods.
  • Avoid foods that use palm oil in any part of their processing. The industries using palm oil are becoming a major pain in the behind in terms of the damage they wreak on the environment and habitats. Let’s not help them cause further suffering to animals such as Orangutans. They need a home and a life too, who gives us the right to decide their fate just because we want to use palm oil? We need to find alternatives, not the orangutans.

 

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How can we sit by and let these beautiful creatures die from deforestation?

 

  • Choose food items that meet sustainable qualities or from sustainable sources such as those with recycled packaging
  • Try your hand at making your own style of packaging
  • What about making your own clay plates and bowls? Or You can purchase biodegradable bamboo plates and cutlery.

 

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Biodegradable Bamboo Cutlery

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Biodegradable Bamboo Plates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Serve up some tasty eyeballs, using hard boiled eggs. Peel and paint eyes and blood vessels on with natural food coloring.
  • Try my simplest pumpkin soup ever if you are having guests or just a family get together.

 

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A Family Favorite, Good Old Pumpkin Soup

Party Games Can Be Fun And Still Work Within Your Conscience

 

  • The old traditional game of Bobbing for Apples has always been fairly good in terms of the environment. You can improve on it by using locally grown organic apples and reducing the impact transportation has on the planet. Then make sure that the container holding the water is not plastic. A metal tub that is recyclable will do the trick. Use the water on your plants rather than tip it down a drain somewhere.
  • Play Witch’s Hat skittles with tin cans painted with images of witches and/or hats on them. For the ball, use a hackie sack filled with rice and made from burlap or other natural material.
  • If you have some old door handles or the ends of curtain rods, or find some in a thrift shop, you can try doing this with them and creating a game of skittles or bowling from them.

 

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Skittles Idea

 

  • Play Tic tac toe using natural playing pieces like seed pods, shells, rocks and place sticks on the ground to make the grid.
  • Use hessian sacks or potato sacks for sack races. Add a little fun by making it about escaping from Zombies. You might combine the old 3 legged race with a sack race by having two people with one leg each tied together, that has to chase a person in a sack who is trying to get away.
  • Egg and spoon races can easily be turned into eyeballs on spoons by decorating the eggs.
  • What about a game of Mummy bowling, with plastic bottles wrapped in toilet paper and using a ball or hackie sack to knock the pins down?
  • Bobbing for donuts on string. Each child can try to eat their own donuts with hands tied behind back. Or perhaps string up pineapple slices instead and have them do the same thing.

 

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Bob For These Yummy Donuts By Hanging them on a String and have children try to eat them without their hands

 

  • Feed the monster! This is a bit like bean bag toss, but use a box painted like a monster with a jagged hole for the mouth to toss the bag into.
  • There is a plastic version of the old ‘Beetle’ game, but when I was younger, it was played on paper with dice and a pen or pencil to draw the body parts. You could make your own Frankenstein version instead and use cardboard to cut out the pieces in advance and have them ready to place on the body when someone rolls a body part. I wonder what this game would be like in giant form like those chess boards you can buy.
  • Croquet using a skull that you have made and sticks.
  • The game of Horseshoes or quoits, using the old rope style quoits, is still popular today.
  • Mummy wrapping competitions. First person to wrap their partner from head to toe in toilet paper. Use the toilet paper made from recycled paper.
  • Scarecrow building competition. Try gathering old clothes, pillow cases for heads, newspapers for stuffing and and any bits and pieces you can find that might for hair and hats. You don’t need to have wooden posts up for them, just lay them out on the ground.

 

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This Scarecrow Is Very Well Done

 

  • Create a haunted story by starting it off and each person add elements to it to make it as spooky or scary as possible.
  • Could you turn a few pumpkins into a mini golf course by hollowing out and shaping some of the shells as holes or novelty things to get past?
  • Best Frankenstein walk competition
  • Pin the witch on the broom.
  • Monster Mash dance freeze
  • Some of the ideas in the Trick or Treat article would easily double up as party fun and games.

 

At The End Of The Preparation And Celebrations, The Main Thing Is To Have Fun. I Hope You Do.

 

So if a green Halloween is a chance to make a difference, then I hope that you have found some useful tips and ideas from this article and my other articles in this series to make it happen for you. You have choices. Choose to do something good for the world and reduce your own carbon footprint and impact on the planet. Mother Earth will thank you. In fact, I will thank you and so will the rest of the world once they also know there are other choices. Spread the word, keep safe and enjoy your one night of the year where mayhem and madness can take over for an evening and the happiness that it brings to you all.

I would really love for you to let me know if you used any of these tips this Halloween. Put your thoughts and some pictures in my comments section. Or email them to me so I can put them up.

Thank you for reading.

Warm Wishes

Ange

A Green Halloween Is About Saying Yes To Small Changes – Be Green At Your Halloween Party

A green Halloween is about saying yes to small changes

A green Halloween is about saying yes to small changes

Have you thought about what you are doing for Halloween this year? How can you participate in it without compromising your values? A green Halloween is about saying Yes to small changes in all areas of the celebrations and still being able to feel good about what you are trying to achieve in the larger scheme of things. Choose to be green at your Halloween party.

You will find more than one hundred tips and suggestions on this website between several articles, to allow you to think sustainability and still have a great time.

The kids in the neighborhood, and their parents, may even get an education on how to live a greener lifestyle. After all, Halloween is possibly equally as wasteful as it is fun, perhaps more so, and with so many people celebrating it, that is still a very large amount of waste generated. Let’s change that together and do something new this year.

 

Holding A Halloween Party?

 

Here Are The First Steps To Making It Green- Think ‘Sustainable’ From The Get Go.

 

There are many ways in which you can choose sustainable options when throwing a Halloween party. Here are just a few.

 

  • Get your party guests involved in making their own costumes from recycled items, give prizes for best use of recycling, best design, or best theme
  • If holding a street party, do the same. Or let people know that you are holding your own competition and will judge each costume and award your trick or treat visitors with a prize for the best recycled costume. You may need to give some thought to how that will work.
  • You could take it one step further and suggest a ‘Keep It Green’ street party where the entire street holds a Green Halloween
  • Do not use paper invitations, instead email the invitations
  • If holding a party for people you know, use social media, such as creating an event on Facebook or Tweet the info out via Twitter, etc
  • Give the kids pillow cases to use as loot bags, or draw string bags, or ecofriendly shopping bags with handles rather than use plastic bags or containers, to carry around the neighborhood. Perhaps you could make your own and decorate it for Halloween.
  • Be conscious of not leaving any waste behind you, take it home with you.
  • Pick up trash along the way and teach your children to do the same.
  • Remind each of your visitors about not littering.
  • Walk the neighborhood or bike ride, car pool to other areas.
  • Organise a Halloween bus tour and take people around to the best decorated streets
  • When the night is over, compost or recycle the waste

 

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Compost the waste

 

  • Reuse some of the practical decorations for Thanksgiving, consider this when choosing decorations and try to have them double up as both.
  • Use only biodegradable plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, etc. Bamboo plates and utensils are made from a renewable and easily sustainable source and are available for purchase.
  • If you are a coconut lover, try making your own bowls from the coconut shells.
  • Make sure cups are labelled with a person’s name so that they are reused by the same person and not continually getting put into the trash.
  • Use you own crockery, cutlery and cloth napkins and tablecloths
  • Use environmentally friendly dish washing and laundry items such as soap nuts, and laundry detergents that are safe.
  • Plant your own apple tree and then use your own apples to use for the game of ‘bobbing for apples’, plus you will have a supply of fresh fruit and it will add to your clean living experience as well as you won’t be contributing to the impact that transporting and industry have on the environment.
  • Plant your own pumpkin patch to be able to use specially for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas too.

 

 Green Ways To Remain Green And Use The Entire Pumpkin

Don’t forget in the excitement of it all, that pumpkins can be used for just about anything. Just look what you can do with them!

 

  • If using a carved pumpkin for your Jack-O-Lanterns, choose to buy organic and locally grown to reduce the impact of transportation and make a statement about not buying them from places where you don’t know what’s been sprayed on them. Better yet, find non-GMO pumpkins.
  • Don’t forget to make soup from the bountiful supply of pumpkins available and used by yourself so not to add to the waste. Below is my own very simple recipe that I have chosen to share here with you.

 

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My Traditional Pumpkin Soup Recipe – Easy and Heart Warming

 

  • Many a pumpkin pie will no doubt be made from the flesh. Pumpkin scones are nice too. There are plenty of recipes to be found online.
  • Try collecting the seeds this year and plant some to grow your own pumpkins for the following year, if you have a few, sell them to neighbors or give them away. There is the possibility of quite a few of them because there are an enormous amount of seeds in one pumpkin.
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Plant the seeds and grow your own pumpkins for next year, save money, save the planet

  • Another great use for the seeds you collect is to roast them for a yummy and healthy snack.
  • Use the seeds once washed and dried for props to add to the table or other decorations
  • Use the seeds for craft by gluing them to pictures, try staining or painting them to add color effects.
  • The stringy parts that are attached to the seeds can be used to make stock and freeze it.
  • Apparently pumpkin can be used to make your own skin care, once again, the recipes are available online.
  • Remember it’s a must to compost the remains, or to begin with you can leave out the skin and the seeds for animals. I read that deer apparently love the skin, and of course the seeds will go down a treat with the birds. It’s great to give back to nature in this way.
  • If you have been considering starting a composting bin, why not use this Halloween to make a start?

 

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Composting Bin That Can Be Turned Over To Keep The Oxygen Flowing Through And To Create Compost Faster Than Just Letting It Sit.

 

  • Why not use the hollowed out shells for serving bowls as a one-time quirky dining experience before tossing them in the compost or feeding them to the deer?
  • Jack-o-lanterns, once Halloween is over, can be used as planters. Once you plant something inside, dig a hole and plant the entire pumpkin with the new plant within. The shell naturally turns to compost in the ground around the plant inside and fertilises the soil around it as it breaks down into the soil.
  • Turn miniature pumpkins into candles, or convert a hollowed out pumpkin shell as a lovely Autumn (Fall) decorative vase by placing a glass bowl within.

 

Candles and Lanterns made from all sizes of pumpkins

Candles and Lanterns made from all sizes of pumpkins

 

  • A great way to promote the keeping it green theme and to use all of the pumpkin is to buy all manner of sized pumpkins and once you made all of your snacks, soups, candies, pies etc, use the shells to make all different bowl sizes and use them for serving your meals. You can also use them as candle holders, vases, snack bowls, etc. Use large pumpkins and cut them in half using a jagged cut, scoop out the middle and clean the inside of the shell, then use them for your trick or treat bowls.
  • I’ve even heard of people making butter, candy, cocktails and milkshakes from pumpkin. So versatile, who knew?
  • I think the cutest use I’ve read about so far is to use the pumpkin shell to sit a baby inside for a photography session. It acts as a prop to hold the baby in a sitting position, but also as a photographic prop such as in the photos below.

 

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Cute Halloween Baby Photo

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Another cute Baby photo for Halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Respond To Questions Is Easy –  Actions Speak Louder Than Words – Do The Right Thing

 

So you see, here are more than just a few easy ways to maintain your green outlook while still enjoying the fun. There is no need to cancel Halloween just because it is a wasteful holiday, just change it, be green at your Halloween party and you will be able to be at peace with joining in and teaching others too. When people question you about why you have chosen to act in a more sustainable manner this year and into the future, you are giving other people a message. One that says a green Halloween is about saying yes to small changes. Even Halloween, is able to be turned into an event sustainable to the planet for generations to come. Do your part and others will follow. More tips and ideas to follow.

 

I would love to hear from you if you have tried any of these ideas this Halloween? Let me know what you did, leave me a message in my comments section. Together we can change the world.

 

Thank you for reading

 

Warm Wishes and Happy Halloween

 

Ange