Festive periods can be times of great waste; from non-recyclable wrapping paper on birthdays and Christmas, to novelty gifts traded and forgotten on special occasions, we consume a hell of a lot of stuff, which means we are wasting a lot, too. Halloween is no exception – it’s easy and fun to get wrapped up in seasonal activities like pumpkin carving, dressing up and decorating your home, without thinking too much about the waste these things can lead to.
Halloween is a lot of fun and I love seeing people’s frightfully fabulous pumpkin creations and skilful, imaginative costumes. I’ve certainly been no stranger to buying expensive costumes I’ll only wear once or gutting pumpkins and throwing away their innards in the past, but this year I wanted to focus on being a little less wasteful, and I thought I’d share my tips with you today.
| Use all of the pumpkin
Last time I carved a spooky design into a pumpkin, I ended up surrounded by a huge mess of flesh and seeds, which ended up in the bin. As I’m not too big a fan of pumpkin, I probably won’t carve one this year (unless I really start feeling the FOMO), but if you do, why not put the rest of the squash to use? Reserve the flesh to use in a soup or a pie, or even to make your own pumpkin spice lattes. Save the seeds to toast them as a snack, or even to plant next year.
| Buy recyclable/reusable costumes and decorations
Unless you are certain that you’ll get another chance to dress up as dead superman, then I’d advise against investing in a superman kit. I speak from experience when I say that you will spend a small fortune and sell it for a fraction of the price on eBay a few months down the line. Instead, why not focus on creating a creepy makeup look instead of buying a brand new costume?
Likewise, with decorations, I’d recommend buying pieces that are either easily recycled or can be stored and used again next year. I have a Christmas box full of candle holders and other bits and bobs that I bring out year after year. There’s something really enjoyable about building a small collection of themed decorations to love and cherish for years to come.
| Work with what you’ve already got
Carrying on from the previous tip, it can be worth looking at the clothes and makeup you already have before thinking of buying new things for your Halloween look. When I raided my wardrobe and makeup drawers, I found a few dresses and accessories from previous themed events that I could work with, as well as a number of off-piste lipsticks and other beauty bits. There are plenty of quirky and easy to create looks that you can fashion out of things you already have lying around; just use your imagination and look forward to being the only person rocking that particular outfit and makeup at the party.
I hope these suggestions give you some ideas on how to minimise waste this Halloween and beyond as we enter the festive season. If you have any other tips, please let me know in the comments!