Have an Eco Friendly Halloween with these 6 Tips

Eco friendly Halloween decorations

If you’ve already started the hunt for those “Made in the USA” words on Halloween decorations and costumes in the big box stores, you might be feeling discouraged by now. No worries! There are ways to support American manufacturers and local business while looking out for the environment too. Here are our best tips:

Eco Friendly Halloween Decorations

Support the local economy and visit your local farmers’ market for natural decoration inspiration.

Nature in fall is beautiful, so use this beauty in your decor. Pick up potted mums, gourds, and pumpkins. Gourds can be arranged in a bowl or basket for a table centerpiece. If there are farmers that sell corn, ask if they have corn stalks you can purchase to add to your Halloween yard decor. Many markets also have handmade artisan vendors. Look for locally made items like beeswax candles, and fall scented soaps to add to your interior fall decorations. These items can all be composted after use, so no lasting trash!

Instead of throwing away your Halloween decoration each year, go reusable.

Norton's U.S.A made in the USA re-usable Halloween decorations.
Fabric tablecloths, like this Black Lace Spider Web Tablecloth by Heritage Lace, is a great alternative to paper throw away ones and can be used for years to come.

Spooky goes sophisticated with American made throw pillows inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven
Spooky gets sophisticated with this Edgar Allan Poe inspired pair of canvas pillows, featuring a quote from the haunting poem, The Raven. Exclusive to American made online retailer, the Main St. Shop

Turn your trash into treasure and make your own decorations, like milk jug ghouls.

Milk jug ghouls are simple and easy to make. So easy even the kiddos can help! Carefully cut a hole in a rinsed out milk jug. With a made in America Sharpie marker, draw a spooky face on the front of the carton. Insert a battery operated tea light into the cut out hole. Start saving those empty milk jugs now and by Halloween you can have enough ghouls to line your walkway! At the end of the season, recycle the ghouls.

Eco Friendly Halloween Costumes

Before buying brand new costumes, check out local second hand stores or consignment shops.

Second hand stores are great places for costume inspiration!   Consignment shops sell previously loved Halloween costumes in all sizes. Not only buying second hand a fabulous way to keep clothing out out landfills, but it also saves money and can help out local charities.

Like the homemade costume idea, but don’t have the time or can’t sew? Check out Etsy.

American made costumes at The Tree House Kid
Avoid the chemicals in made in China costumes and support a home business. A great Etsy shop to check out is The Tree House Kid by Goodwin’s Custom Crafts. Here you can find great kid costumes and accessories handmade in Georgia. All the felt used is made from 100% recycled post consumer plastics.

Use non-toxic costume make-up on your little fairy or princess.

Don’t miss our article on Halloween face painting ideas with American made supplies!

Luna Star makeup kits #madeinUSA
Luna Star makeup is made in the USA, all natural, hypo-allergenic and non-toxic. Choose from several themed kits like the Luna Star All Natural Princess Fairy Play Makeup Kit.

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Post by Tracey Hanson

Tracey Hanson is the USA Love List Green/Family Living Editor. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest

Comments

  1. We have always made our own costumes — I think it is a great exercise in creativity for the kids. Of course, my girls seriously challenge me every year because we dress the horses up, too, for the annual Halloween Horse Show!
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  2. sherry butcher says:

    In our house the kids helped make their own costumes from old clothes and scrap fabric to boxes and paper.
    We also make all our Holiday deco.

  3. We always reuse are Halloween décor, or when we buy new stuff we donate the old stuff first. And my mom loves making the kids costumes.

  4. Thank you for these great tips. We like to find unique costumes by making them using items from our local thrift store and the grandkids so enjoy making some of their own decorations.

  5. I really like that tablecloth!

  6. Debbie Welchert says:

    Thanks for all the great tips. The Milk Jug Ghouls and the Black Lace Spider Web Table Cloth are great ones.

  7. These are wonderful ideas, and I never thought of Etsy for costumes, either. Wow!

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