07 Oct 2019
Halloween Recycling London

Halloween Recycling Trick for Treats

Halloween is just around the corner, and it can be great fun to get involved with.  From the delicious treats, the crazy costumes, and the scary decorations, but there is no getting away from the fact that a LOT of waste is generated!  So, you may be wondering how you can celebrate Halloween without creating a load of extra waste.

Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party at home, decorating your office or store, or you’re off out trick-or-treating with the kids, our tips will help you cut your waste, recycle more, and enjoy a guilt-free Halloween.

Halloween Costumes

While it can be tempting to grab your kids or yourself a costume from the supermarket while you’re doing your weekly shop, always think before you buy.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before you buy a brand-new costume:

  • Could I buy a second-hand Halloween costume from a charity shop or online?
  • Can I make my own unique costume from old clothes and crafty bits & bobs I have lying around the house?
  • Can I wear the costume from last year, but change my make-up and hair, or swap it with a friend’s costume from last year?

And remember, if you damaged or stained your costume last year, distress it some more, add some fake blood, and use it as a zombie version!

Another possibility is to rent a costume. This would probably work out a little more expensive but would be a great solution to potential waste, and the overall quality of the outfit is usually a lot better!

Halloween Decorations

It can be tempting to simply grab a load of decorations from your local shop, which are often sold in loads of unnecessary plastic packaging. We view these items as ‘single use’, but they’re not, but they often get thrown out after Halloween.  So, if you kept decorations from last year, just use those. If you’ve not got any decorations yet, consider making your own from materials you were planning on recycling. Alternatively, use items you can later compost, such as pumpkins, squashes, twigs, autumnal leaves, and so on.

If you can, buy local pumpkins and other produce, and remember to carve them as opposed to painting them – a carved pumpkin can be composted but a painted pumpkin will need to go into the bin.

And remember, whether you have store-bought or homemade decorations, store them away after Halloween the way you would with Christmas decorations, and you can then reuse them for many years to come.

Halloween Party Food

When it comes to trick or treating, you’ll find that many sweets come in plastic packaging.  Try to source sweets in paper, cardboard or foil packaging so it can all be recycled after your party.

For collecting sweets when trick or treating, your child could use a pillowcase or a reusable tote bag.

If you collect more sweets than your family can eat, take them into work for your colleagues or donate them to a charity that accepts food donations.

When it comes to party food, skip the usual offenders that go from packet to oven to plate, and choose a few dishes to cook from scratch.  Also, remember to use crockery and real cutlery instead of wasteful paper and plastic versions.

So, that’s a few ideas to help reduce waste and increase recycling for this Halloween.

Do you have more tips to add? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Halloween from the A J Pain Team!