Halloween is right around the corner and that means it’s time to get your costume in order. What will you be for Halloween this year? What impact will your costume have on the environment? The second question might not be one you ever thought of, but let’s be real: buying a costume to use once a year and then never using it again isn’t exactly sustainable. You can have a fantastic costume without resorting to buying a new and expensive costume made of plastic from the pop-up Halloween store every year. Here’s 4 tips you can use to have an Eco-friendly Halloween costume.
Make Your Own
Growing up we never bought costumes. Ever. They were all hand-made by my mom. Yes, even the year I went as an alligator (well, aside from the alligator nose mask). My sewed me an alligator tail, I used some green leggings I had, a green turtleneck, add some green makeup and the mask: boom! Alligator. You don’t have to be a seamstress or tailor to make your own costume. That alligator tail could just have easily been made of painted cardboard, or even cut out of felt.
Second Hand Shops
One year in high school I was searching for a Halloween costume, so I hit up the local thrift shop. Low and behold there was a harlequin outfit just waiting there! It was gold and really nice, and sitting in my closet until this day! You never know what you’ll find at a second hand store, so instead of hitting the mall, look for something used. Some second hand stores even have Halloween sales so you can score some amazing deals. A certain second hand shop was always the place to go to find amazing Halloween costumes, they had the best ones! If you want to be a 70’s flower child for Halloween there’s nothing better than an authentic outfit.
Re-use a Costume
You know that costume you wore once five years ago? You can wear it again. Or if you are feeling creative you can re-purpose it into another costume. Regular witch last time? Okay, add some pumpkins and now you’re a pumpkin witch! Zombie? Add some white wrappings and now you’re a mummy zombie (cuz why not?!). By reusing part or all of your costume to create a new one or just replay a past favorite you’re reducing your consumption (and saving money in the process).
Swap costumes with your friends! It’s the perfect way to be something new for Halloween without spending money, and without buying anything new. It’s win win for you and your friends, everyone gets a new, free, costume to try and have fun with. The more reuse you can give an item, the better it is for the environment. Reusing items gives them new life and keeps them out of landfills.
Halloween doesn’t have to mean relaxing your Eco-friendly standards. You can have an Eco-friendly Halloween costume by reusing or re-purposing your old Halloween costumes, making your own, or hitting up the local thrift shops. You can still have fun this Halloween and reduce your waste output by making some simple switches for your Halloween costume this year to turn your costume into an Eco-friendly Halloween costume.