I'm Begging You to Reduce the Waste You Throw Away This Halloween

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I hate to be a buzzkill, but the amount of waste we create on Halloween is frightful.
Spooky season has arrived, and we are here for it. But one thing that weighs on my mind every Halloween—every holiday, really—is the amount of waste it creates. One UK study revealed that more than 2,000 tons of waste are generated yearly from the costumes alone. How can we have all the fun, all the high-spirited spoookiness and treats without creating excessive waste? With that in mind, we rounded up these ideas to have a more sustainable Halloween and reduce the amount of stuff you have to throw away.


Compost your decorations

While it's tempting to purchase plastic decor (which isn't the worst thing, provided it can be re-used), eventually those giant orange pumpkins will need to be chucked into a landfill. Instead, decorate with items found in nature: pumpkins, gourds, hay, and corn stalks. Use leaves to make a fall wreath, or frame and hang them on your walls. Cut the tops off of gourds and scoop o ut the pulp to make natural flower vases. Assemble squash, mini pumpkins, pine cones, and leaves under a bell jar. Issue a challenge to your family to build their own scarecrow, with only upcycled materials from your home. When fall turns to winter, compost all your organic matter. (Remember: Anything painted can't be composted, so carve but don't paint your pumpkins.)

Make your own costumes (or buy them used)

Instead of buying something mass-produced on Amazon, repurpose things you already own to make a costume. An old white sheet makes a perfect ghost (or mummy), you can turn a black umbrella into…
Sarah Showfety
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