American Dollars spent on Halloween in 2018
So this week, when you hit up for local Target or Party City, just remember that almost everything you pick up for the holiday will be harmful to you and/or the planet. It doesn’t stop there. When Halloween is finished, millions of these costumes, candy wrappers, and decor items, will be disposed of and will sit in a landfill not being able to decompose. This will wreck havoc on the soil, waterways, and ecosystem. All for one day. It just doesn’t seem worth it.
Some will argue that it’s fun and everyone else is doing it; however, it starts with small changes like what I’m about to share to inspire others to also make a difference. You can still have fun while thinking consciously about your purchases and limiting your waste.
I wanted to throw out some ideas for some eco-friendly costumes this Halloween. If you’ve already purchased your costume for today, use these tips for next season. Also, don’t throw anything away, reuse them for next year.
Rent a Costume
We rent beautiful gowns and formal wear for special events like weddings, funerals, and royal balls (lol), why not for holidays? Rent the Runway has become very popular these past few years for saving money on one-time use outfits. There is also a service for renting Halloween costumes! No longer do we have to go to your local Spirit Halloween store and spend upwards of $60 for a cheaply made costume to wear for a couple of hours. I checked out the site and some were around $15 to rent!
Swap with a friend
Every once in a while I like to declutter my stuff. My first stop when giving my things away are my friends. I would rather have people that I know and trust get use out of my gently used items than some random person. It brings me a sense of joy when I see someone else make use of the things I didn’t. This is something I highly recommend with Halloween costumes. Have a big hotdog costume you bought a couple of years ago and don’t want to repeat the outfit this year? Ask around and see if anyone needs a hotdog costume (lol) or has any extra costumes in their home you can borrow. This is a great way of keeping your Halloween costumes fresh without spending any money.
Focus on makeup
This can be so easy. When you focus on your face for your costume, you can be as creative as you want. It’s more like an art project and your face is the canvas. Some examples may be drawing wounds for a zombie look, or animal features. You can also use makeup to be a clown, a mime, a scarecrow, a doll, a fairy, a mermaid…the options are endless. By just wearing your own clothes to compliment the look, this option can be very inexpensive.
Use clothing you already have
We’ve all been there when we have no plans for dressing up on Halloween, then someone asks us to go to a party with them last minute. You head to your closet to quickly conjure up something that resembles a costume. Some closets are easier to figure out than others, but there are also some simple ideas to get you started.
- Striped shirt, black pants- Robber/Mime
- Flannel shirt, jeans/overalls, floppy hat- Scarecrow/Cowgirl or Cowboy
- Suit or pencil skirt/blazer, sunglasses- Bodyguard
- Skirt/dress, cardigan, glasses- Teacher/Librarian
- Any period costume (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s)
- Workout wear, jersey- Athlete
Headbands, hats, and masks
If you only get one thing this Halloween, opt for a mask, hat or specific headband. With one of these items you can completely change your look. You can turn your ordinary outfit into something fun. For example, a headband with ears can turn you into an animal. A buret can easily convert you into someone from France. Just by purchasing a mask, you can turn yourself into anything like a clown, zombie or the current president.
These costume ideas are eco-friendly and can save you money while trying to enjoy this holiday. Halloween can be fun, but when we feel like we’ve spent a fortune on something that won’t be useful that next day, it can leave us feeling disappointed. Choose any of these ideas above to ensure you feel good about your purchases for this holiday. You can also feel awesome knowing you didn’t contribute to all the waste that comes from this day.
Make sure to post your eco-friendly Halloween costume below. I would love see what creative outfits you put together!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 🎃