Halloween with less Trick-or-Treat Trash

Halloween is a fun time for the kids and adults too. It is also a holiday filled with lots of trash. Leftover trash includes everything from plastic candy bags, pumpkins, paper banners, candy wrappers, other decorations and costume castoffs. So as another Halloween approaches, here are a few useful ideas for making Halloween a bit greener.


Use a reusable bag for Halloween candy. Kids can choose to use a recycled or reusable candy bag such as one made from recycled plastic bag like this one from MyRecycledBags. Here is the link to the pattern and details for crocheting this cool orange candy basket.

Party favors can be made by recycling things like yogurt cups into little candy holders. Let the kids decorate the items and have fun with the crafting project.

How about all those plastic bags that candy comes in? Well that plastic can be recycled so don’t throw it in the trash. Save it and either drop it into your curbside recycle bin or a nearby store’s plastic recycle container.

Same goes for those paper decorations and banners that you either can’t or won’t be reusing next year. Recycle them in your paper or plastic recycle bins so they don’t end up in the landfill.

What about those leftover pumpkins? If you are lucky enough to live in an area that has a Zoo, many of them take the old leftover pumpkins. They feed them to the animals that enjoy them as special treats. Otherwise those old pumpkins can be composted and provide great material for your garden in the future.

You can also recycle costumes and buy things at the thrift store to help have a greener Halloween. Consider reusing a friend or family members old costume and offer an outgrown costume to others that you might have.

Anyway the ideas can be endless on how to have a less-trashy and more green Halloween. I hope you have found some of these ideas helpful and above all have a fun and safe Halloween!

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