Halloween decorations

Published: Monday, 28th October 2019

Check out our top recycling tips for the spooky season...

Halloween is a fun and fright-filled time of year - packed with parties and fancy dress. Each year though lots of plastic, costumes and pumpkins get thrown away. Here are our top recycling tips to make your Halloween celebrations (ghoulishly) green.

Decorations
There are so many ways to make fun decorations! Here's how...

  • Use the cardboard insides of your loo roll and paint them! You could turn them into ghosts or witches, zombies or whatever your like. They can be decorations or you could hide sweets in them and hide them around the house for some spooky hide and seek! Take a look in the photo above!
  • If you know people who enjoy Halloween as much as you, you could swap your decorations each year to stop you having to buy more.
  • Nice and simple - create bed sheet ghosts from sheets you don't mind cutting up or painting.
  • A bit of flour, water and newspaper can make papier-mâché monsters from newspaper.
  • Whilst we're on the topic of papier-mâché, make some again but this time with flour, water and a bit of pva glue. Then get some strips of cheese cloth and stick them around a glass jar. Then stick some eyes and a mouth made of black card. They make brilliant scary mummy lanterns! But, make sure you use battery-powered candles inside them, just to stay extra safe. See the photo below.
  • Avoid cheap plastic toys and look for items with minimal packaging.
Mummy candle holders

Spooky mummy candle lanterns

Pumpkins
Every year so much pumpkin is wasted! Check out what you can do instead of throwing it away.

  • Turn it into soup! Here's the Love Food Hate Waste recipe for pumpkin soup - https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipe/spicy-pumpkin-soup
  • Don't dump those pumpkin seeds after carving! Clean, salt and roast them for a real treat.
  • Turn your empty pumpkin into a planter - https://www.thespruce.com/pumpkin-planter-848000
  • Create a Pumpkin Birdfeeder. Slice the top off a pumpkin to where there are no holes to make a bird feeder. Add some string so that the feeder can hang from a branch or plant hanger. Fill with birdseed to attract your favourite feathered friends.
  • If you don’t reuse your pumpkin, put it in your green top bin or home compost.
  • Next year try growing your own organic pumpkins in an allotment, a school, or a garden for an especially green Halloween!

Costumes
A report has warned that Halloween costumes this year will create 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste. Help stop this from happening!

  • Have friends over for a costume swap. Organise the clothing by sizes and allow your kids to pick which ones they like the best.
  • Hit the charity for ghoulish hand-me-downs or look for mix-and-match items that can make your perfect costume.
  • Make your own! It's loads of fun!