10 ways to have a zero waste Halloween

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Halloween1I love how all the fabulous bloggers on the internet can save you so much time!

You have an idea for a blog post, you don’t have time to write it, but you know someone else will have done a brilliant job.

And that’s how it is with Halloween this year.

Here’s my roundup of some of the best posts of having a fun-filled Halloween this year, without trashing the planet

10 pumpkin recipes

With 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins being put in landfill once Halloween is over, Jen from My Make Do and Mend Year has come up with her top ten pumpkin recipes.

She’s helping us fill our bellies, not our bins.pumpkin-collage

5 zero waste Halloween costumes

Trudi from Lazy Girl Goes Green shares some zero waste costumes we can wear with her post “5 DIY Halloween costumes made from waste“.

Bagsy wear an old sheet with two holes cut out for eyes.


Spooky sandwiches

Grace from Eats Amazing really IS amazing with her creativity in the kitchen.

Here she shares 10 fun sandwich ideas for halloween. If you’re after something warmer, check out her spooky soup ideas.


Banana ghosts

Instead of individual bags of sweets, Kirsty is all about having fun without compromising health.

She shares three healthy recipes including her cute banana ghosts. You could use wooden lolly sticks instead of plastic for a zero waste treat.

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Revamp your drinks

How about covering the labels on your drinks with these printable labels?

Ever the purist, Kate from plastic is rubbish, suggests a plastic free alternative to glue – good old flour and water!


Repurpose your bottles

These funky earrings are made from old plastic milk bottles!

Get the tutorial here.



Table decorations

Forget plastic pumpkins, ghouls and spider, these Mummified Glass Jar Candle Holders look fantastic and can be made from things in your recycling stash.



How about grabbing a few tin cans, having a crafty afternoon, then a fun game during your party?

Here’s a cute tutorial for a Halloween party activity – tin can bowling.



Bat bog rolls

You don’t need plastic tat on the table, when a toilet roll inner will do!

This is a simple and effective craft for decorating your home.


Spirit jugs

Not only are 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins ending up in landfill each year, but only ONE percent of pumpkins bought over halloween will actually be eaten.

The rest are used for carving. What a waste!

Dig around the milk bottle recycling instead and make these spirit jugs.


What about you? How do you celebrate Halloween without the waste?


About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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