Re-Spook, Re-Scare, Re-Wear!
We've become accustom to using items for a short time without much thought. Halloween is no different. Every year millions of costumes are produced and sold to be used for a single night.
175 million Americans
celebrate Halloween and spend a total of $9 billion, with the average consumer planning to spend over $86 on decorations, candy, costumes and more.
The good news is that you can easily go zero-waste and low cost with your Halloween celebrations! With millions of costumes sold each year and used only a few times that means that millions of gently used costumes can be found in thrift stores, online, or on social media sites.
Zero-Waste Halloween Tips:
- Swap costumes with friends or host a costume swap party. October 12th is National Halloween Costume Swap Day!
- Shop thrift stores or online "buy-nothing" or sales groups for used costumes and decorations
- DIY your costumes with items you already have
- Source Plastic free or earth friendlier trick-or-treat options:
- Draw Jack O'Lantern faces on mandarin oranges for a healthy Halloween treat
- Plastic free/recycled art supplies like mini notebooks, coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, monkey string/wikki sticks or origami animals
- Locally made sweets like honey sticks or local bakery treats