Halloween Can Be a Fright Fest for the Environment

While ghouls and goblins are hitting the sidewalks to partake in trick-or-treating and other spooky activities, there is another scary side to Halloween.

Think about all the plastic that goes into manufacturing costumes, single use candy bags and discarded pumpkins that end up as litter throughout our towns and communities, which will undoubtedly find a way into our local watersheds.

Here are some suggestions to enjoy a trash-free Halloween:

  • Reuse a pillowcase instead of purchasing a plastic candy container or cut the top off a milk jug and decorate it like a jack-o-lantern
  • Use items you already own to create a costume or head to the thrift store and repurpose your finds into a creative costume
  • Decorate your house with repurposed items such as painting skulls on bottles or make ghosts from plastic bags
  • Keep a trash can next to your door so trick-or-treaters can throw away candy bags
  • In addition to a trick-or-treat bag, bring a separate bag to collect candy wrappers you may see along the way
  • Compost your jack-o-lantern instead of letting it rot in a landfill

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