Halloween is a magical time of imagination and whimsy, traditions, and, of course, sugary treats! That’s all well and good until the truly spooky part of the holiday sets in: trash bins full of ghostly decorations, costumes buried alive in a box under your bed, and piles of empty candy wrappers that grow to monstrous proportions. Eek!
While Halloween can produce an enormous amount of waste, that doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite autumn holiday. With a few easy changes, you can create new traditions for a Halloween that is black, orange, and green. Check out our sustainable Halloween tips and feel free to think of your own as you dream up the perfect enchanted, eco-friendly evening.
Bring Your Costumes Back from the Dead
As adorable, scary, or funny as they may be, sadly costumes can be a big part of the Halloween waste. It doesn't have to be that way, though!
Reduce, reuse, and save money by swapping costumes with neighbors and friends. You can even mix and match parts of costumes to create entirely new characters. Who says Elsa can't ride a witch's broom? Better yet, meet everyone's favorite painter who lives in a pineapple under the sea: SpongeBob Ross.
Scarily Sustainable Décor
Instead of disposable, store-bought decorations that you'll toss at the end of the night, opt for natural or handmade décor. It doesn't get much more classic than a jack-o'-lantern, after all, and kids will love carving their own. You can also opt for painted pumpkins for a more colorful look.
Other great choices? Anything you already have around the house. Secure an old sheet over a basketball for a ghostly guest or reuse your Christmas lights for some fairy-tale twinkle. If you do purchase new decorations, choose ones that will stand the test of time. Take them down at the end of the night, store them in sturdy plastic containers, and bring them to life again next Halloween instead of buying new ones every year.
Tame the Candy Monster
When it comes to trick-or-treating, candy wrappers are kind of unavoidable. What you can avoid, though, is tossing out all that candy once it gets long in the (sweet) tooth. Instead, portion out enough for your family and bring any leftovers to work, church, etc.
You can also reduce waste by forgoing trick-or-treating altogether and hosting Halloween at home. Made-from-scratch desserts make for sustainable Halloween treats as they use less packaging. A few of our favorites are our Monster Munch and Chocolate Almond Hot Cocoa, made with Reddi-wip® Non-Dairy Almond. Make it a greener night all around by serving them with reusable dishes and utensils.
Scare Off the Cold With Plant-Based Soups
Hosting a Halloween party? Instead of skipping straight to dessert, throw together a DIY soup bar to keep everyone warm and satisfied. Prepare a variety of soups and chilis with cheese, crackers, and diced veggies for toppings, along with some rustic bread on the side for dunking.
Turn to plant-based ingredients for sustainable options that don't skimp on flavor. Our Pressure Cooker Beefless Chili, made with Gardein™ Ultimate Beefless Ground, is sure to be a hit, while our Tomato Soup with Coconut Milk, featuring Hunt's® Diced Tomatoes, puts a fresh spin on a comforting cold-weather classic.
Whatever delicious soups and toppings you choose, be sure to have a stack of reusable bowls ready for serving!
With a little planning—and the help of our sustainable Halloween tips—you can get more from the holiday with less spending and waste. Give them a try and discover your own ways to go green this Halloween!