Halloween is almost here—and that means dressing up in your favorite costume and indulging in lots of candy.
According to the National Retail Federation, consumers spent a record of $10.14 billion on Halloween in 2021, up from $8.05 billion in 2020. The average consumer spent around $100 on costumes, candy, decorations and greeting cards.
What does all that spending mean? A lot of spooktacular waste. From candy wrappers and trick-or-treating baskets to costumes and cards, Halloween can create a ghoulish problem. Here are a few tricks (and treats!) to reduce Halloween-related waste.
Make your own costume instead of buying a new one that comes packaged in plastic that can’t be recycled. Look around your house for ideas and inspiration! Involve your family and friends in coming up with homemade costumes that you can reuse or pass down year after year.
Compost Your Jack-o-Lanterns
Pumpkins are not for the recycling bin, but they make great compost. You can dispose of your pumpkins in a compost or organic waste container. But before you compost, scoop out the seeds inside. Roasted pumpkin seeds make for a tasty and healthy snack!
It’s a popular misconception, but candy wrappers are not recyclable. Instead of goodie bags with individually wrapped candy inside, try passing out candy alternatives like crayons, Halloween-themed pencils or chalk. If candy is your love language, opt for Hershey Kisses or any candy that’s wrapped in recyclable aluminum.
Eco-Friendly Halloween Bags
While plastic bags may seem like an easy go-to for trick-or-treating, plastic bags are terrifying for our environment and most commonly get thrown away. Buy a bag that’s recyclable and can be reused year after year. Tote bags make great alternatives, as do drawstring bags, backpacks or fabric pumpkins. Your little ones will be able to carry their goodies around the neighborhood in a way that’s environmentally in style.