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How to have an eco-friendly Halloween (sort of)

Halloween is approaching fast and once again stores and empty warehouses are filling up with one time use (plastic) made in China crap. Yes, it’s my least favorite holiday.

Last year I wrote a rant trying to stop America from celebrating, and as you probably guessed, that didn’t work out at all! (Imagine my surprise!) So, I thought this year, instead I should share some eco tips that could help create a little bit less Halloween environmental horror.

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Let’s talk costumes. My hope is that you won’t be part of the above statistic and instead opt to use last year’s costume or borrow one from a friend. If not, the obviously green and budget friendly choice for all is second hand shopping! I promise, it is way less scary than it sounds.

The best time to get Halloween costumes is most likely well in advance so if you’re still looking, here are some ideas for costumes that you will most likely find at the thrift center, second hand shop or even at home (your own or someone else’s!)

1. Tarzan. All you need is a piece of cloth.
2. Crazy cat lady or weird family member. Dig up a bad sweater and fuzzy pants.
3. Represent a decade like 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. Thrift stores are full of good options! I feel like characters from the Stranger Things series would be an awesome choice this year. Works great for families that want to match each other too.
4. Pregnant lady. Get a big dress, fake a belly.
5. Dead person. Wear anything just go wild with dead-looking make up.

You get the idea – just go digging in those piles and racks for inspiration! And if you need more inspiration on what to be, ethical shopping and the costumes you might already have at home, check out Going Zero Waste’s awesome list HERE. (And pssst. Newborns and babies don’t know it’s halloween, so don’t spend money and earthly resources on dressing them up! Get over your need to do this all while saying “the kids love it”. Erm. Below and above certain ages – no they don’t. This also applies to MANY husbands.)

Then there are the treats, the decorations, the parties, the food. Dios mío, so much to do! Maybe it’s because I grew up in Europe that I “just don’t get it” and a good blogger knows when she’s been beat.

I read a great blog post the other day on this exact topic and I decided to share that post with you instead of reinventing the wheel (smart!). Katy’s got tips for an eco-friendly, zero waste Halloween and you can read all about it HERE.

Just look at her fab fall décor ideas! (Yes, collected in her yard)

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If you did decide to not celebrate this year OR managed to buy nothing new, please leave me a comment below (yay!).

Naturally, I will not be celebrating. I’ll spend zero dollars, create zero waste, not contribute to kiddo sugar rushes and be utterly satisfied and happy in my life anyway. But that’s just me.

Halloween – The scariest holiday of them all! Boo!

Despite the fact that I love orange, Halloween is my least favorite American holiday. I’m not even sure that, per definition, Halloween can be labeled as such. The reasons for my dislikes are simple.

First reason: The amount of merchandise people buy is an outrage considering the length of time they will enjoy it. Halloween is ONE day. And yes, it’s all imported, low quality China crap. For someone on a shop local mission – this is pure horror.

Made in China at its finest: Happy
Made in China at its finest: Happy “Neewollah” y’all! Thank you Martha Stewart; great call.

Second reason: Sugar overload, with a side of processed, for all little kiddos – need I elaborate?

Third reason: Candy wrapper frenzy. Individually packaged, small pieces of candy – that must be the most wasteful way of using plastics in packaging. These wrappers aren’t being recycled (not sure they can be?) and some of which will get lost outside trick or treating and end up in our lands and waters. Pretty much any zero waster’s worst nightmare.

No, I ain’t joking friends; this rant is dead serious.

I did hear a few of my friends saying they were reinventing old costumes this year; using big brother’s old outfit for little sister, which is definitely a good way to reuse and save money and help the environment! Here’s another idea to save; since you find sustainability and mindfulness so scary, why don’t you dress up as environmentalists? It’s easy. Just wear your normal clothes, hand out fruits and veggies as your treats, and mind your waste.

On a lighter note, we got invited to a pot-luck on Saturday, no costumes necessary, just good ole’ fall fun (yay!). Since I am refusing to buy anything even remotely related to this eco-terrifying “holiday”, a garden pot-luck is the perfect way to celebrate!

I’ll be wearing my favorite orange outfit and I can’t wait to try some pumpkin soup. If the time is right, and the crowd is right, (I’ll be the judge of that, thank you!); I’ll probably rant a bit about my Halloween-dislikes too. Happy Halloween; Anna-style.

Boo!