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With Halloween just around the corner the decorations, treats and pumpkin carving are in full swing. When I was little we used to make every one of our costumes and decor was very simple, with just a jack-o-lantern on the front step and some cotton wool stretched across the door to look like cobwebs. Celebrating Halloween is a big deal now and the shops are full of very cheap products for us to fill our homes with. Unfortunately, they are very often made from plastic and are thrown away as soon as November comes around and the planet is suffering as a result. Here are my tips on how to have a plastic free Halloween.
Switch party bags for paper bags
When I think of Halloween, one of the first things that comes to mind is trick or treating. My mum used to fill up bags with sweets to give out to anyone who came to our door and they were always filled to the brim with chocolate and monkey nuts. She had various ways of putting these together over the years and used anything from themed party bags to the sandwich bags we’d normally use for lunch. Of course, as a kid you’re only bothered about the treats inside and so the bags were only used for one day and then thrown away.
There are so many other creative options out there however, and they don’t have to be expensive. What about switching plastic options for paper bags? They can be decorated in so many ways so they still look festive and can even be a fun craft if you have little ones, or enjoy crafting yourself. If you’re busy and want something quick that looks the part, Pippin Prints bag toppers are the perfect solution.
Get resourceful with costumes
When you’re incredibly busy and already have so many other things to organise in life, pulling together Halloween costumes is often the last thing you want to worry about but it doesn’t need to be complicated. My brother once went out for Halloween as blue peter. He dressed all in blue and pinned a sign to his jumper which said “I’m Peter”. He even won a prize for it at Scouts!
Look at the clothes you’ve got at home and see if there might be anything that you could repurpose. Could a scarf and a hoop earring become a pirate costume? Or what about a striped t-shirt, a black hat and a tote bag with a dollar sign on? You’ve got yourself a burglar! Remember this time of year is about having fun, not stressing about winning best-dressed. Enjoy getting creative and see what you can come up with.
Use paper decorations
For years bargain shops have provided houses everywhere with spooky and colourful decorations and whilst they are a lot of fun they are more often than not made of plastic and only last a year or two. Once again paper is a great alternative to these.
Why not go old school and stretch cotton wool across mirrors and pictures like I used to when I was younger? Crepe paper is great for making ghosts and bats that hang from the ceiling and paper chains made from black and orange card work really well. Of course, I absolutely love printable items and my decorations from Pippin Prints are perfect for this occasion too!
Make your own treats
If you have the time to do so, making your own treats is another great way to avoid the use of plastic this Halloween. Every sweet that you buy in the supermarket seems to be covered in fifteen different layers of plastic. Instead, could do some baking or make your own chocolates using some spooky moulds? Emma over at Mrs Pinch has come up with some brilliant ideas that are low in cost and really effective. Check out these witch hat garlic breads, ideal if you’re throwing a party!
A plastic free Halloween doesn’t have to be expensive or a lot of work. Making some of these simple changes is a great way to make your home a little bit more sustainable whilst still celebrating Halloween and having a lot of fun!