The spooky season is here and Halloween is right around the corner! Children are trying to decide on what to wear for All Hallow’s Eve while their parents worry about how to fit a warm layer under their costume so they don’t catch a cold.

The Halloween season is such an exciting time! Whether you’re trying to figure out how to Trick or Treat safely or minimize your seasonal waste, there are a lot of important decisions to be made.

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Here are some tips on how to enjoy these spooky times without doing ghoulish things to the environment in the process!

Eco-Friendly Decorations

If you walk through the Halloween section of a department store, you’ll quickly notice almost everything is made from plastic. Whether it’s giant inflatable dragons to put in the front yard, or scary faces to hang in the hallway, Halloween is infested with plastic.

While it’s okay to invest in seasonal pieces that will last several years of Halloween, you’re still contributing to an industry that profits off of selling cheap, environmentally destructive decorations that will be up for less than a month at a time.

Why not give degradable decorations a go instead? Jack-o-lanterns are biodegradable, eco-friendly, and give the whole family a chance to show off their creative side. You could also decorate your yard with giant hay bales with a few creepy spiders thrown on top.

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Ghosts from old sheets and colored paper garlands would also look cool and creepy. If you want to go for the sophisticated look, gather old bottles and jars and make a witch apothecary!

Have fun seeing what you can do with plants and materials you already own, instead of going out and buying things that will end up in the back of the closet or the bottom of a dumpster in a matter of weeks.

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Spooky Secondhand Fun

There are tons of great second-hand costumes online from princesses to aliens to your favorite TV character. Amazon has a wonderful selection of second-hand costumes, but you can also check out Depop, Poshmark, and eBay. It’s also quite easy to make a costume from clothes that you already have at home!

Most people only wear a costume once before getting rid of it, so your chances of finding an almost new costume for a fantastic price are blood-curdling high!

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Just make sure to order them soon so they’ll arrive before Halloween!

Trick or Vegan Treats

It’s hard to tell people to avoid single-use plastic for candy during Halloween. For safety reasons, treats do need to be wrapped and sealed if they’re going to be passed to children.

While we can’t get rid of the Halloween candy plastic, we can buy vegan candy! There are loads of cruel-free candy options on the market nowadays. Lots of health food stores sell vegan candy, but there are lots of popular brands with accidentally vegan products, too. Dots, Airheads, Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers, and Skittles are all vegan.

We’re sure all your little Halloween visitors will be happy receiving any of these candies, so you won’t have to worry about retaliating tricks!

If you’re throwing a Halloween get-together, then you can make your own treats and we have plenty of tasty vegan recipes for you to try!

Halloween is Just One Day But Plastic Lasts Forever

Like with any holiday, it’s important to remember that while it’s a special time of the year, the plastic and garbage from celebrations lasts forever. It is entirely possible to be a festive but conscious Halloweener, all it takes is a little thought and creativity.

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We all have a responsibility to shop mindfully and make eco-friendly choices, even on the spookiest day of the year. Ghosts and vampires are terrifying, but piling landfills are even scarier!

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