Halloween is like a holiday for dressing up – it’s the one night of the year when we get to become someone or something else, and that can mean a lot to some people! And while we all love getting into character and putting on different outfits, then why not opt for a sustainable Halloween costume instead?
Sustainable Halloween costumes don't have to be difficult or expensive; with a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can create great outfits from materials that won't harm the environment.
Here are some ideas to get you started!
Upcycle Old Costumes
If you already have some old costumes lying around at home, then why not recycle them by upcycling them? Upcycling is a great way to keep your old clothes out of the trash and turn them into something new and exciting.
One of our favorite ways to upcycle old costumes is by turning them into a superhero or villain outfits. For example, if you have an old dress and some remnants of black fabric in your sewing kit, you could whip up a quick costume for Black Widow from "The Avengers". Or perhaps that Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" outfit needs a bit more pizzazz - just add green felt to her hair bows or straps for instantly sprucing it up! Another fun idea is taking your old fuzzy slippers and turning them into a pair of cute moose antlers - those can be worn any time of the year, not just on Halloween!
Another way to upcycle old costumes is by adding accessories to make something new. If you have an old party dress that’s seen better days, add some silver trim or pom-poms around the edges and sprinkle glitter over it for instant fairy princess status. Or if you have an old pair of shoes that need some rejuvenation, why not use fabric paint to turn them into animals like birds or pigs? With a simple coat of paint and some creative ideas, your old clothes don’t have to sit in storage anymore!
DIY Sustainable Costumes
If you’re a crafty person, then why not try making your own sustainable Halloween costume? There are tons of fun ideas online that can inspire you to be creative.
- A Mummy? why not wrap yourself up like a mummy and embrace your inner spooky spirit? This costume can easily be made using an old sheet, which you can tear into strips and wrap around your body. To add a bit of flair, you can also use fake blood or other fun accessories.
- Zombie? With a little creativity and some recycled materials, you can easily create an authentic-looking and eco-friendly zombie costume that is both scary and hilarious. For example, you can use old clothes or thrift store finds to create tattered clothing and shredded pieces of fabric for your costume. Another great option is to use face paint instead of plastic masks, which not only saves materials but also reduces waste. You can also get creative with props, using things like empty soda cans or an old baseball to make realistic-looking severed fingers or zombie's heads!
Make Your Own Body Paint
If you want a truly out-of-this-world costume, why not try making your own body paint? Making your own body paint is easy and fun, and it allows you to get really creative with the colors and designs.
One quick way to whip up some body paint is by using edible ingredients. For example, simply mix together cocoa powder, flour, water, and cornstarch to make a thick paste that can be applied directly onto your skin. Or if you have leftover frosting or cake decorations in your cupboards from birthday parties past, just grab a few different colors and go wild! Once the paste has dried on your skin (which should only take a few minutes), cover it over with glitter or pom-poms to add some extra flair.
Another idea is to use natural ingredients like fruit and vegetables to create your body paint. For example, try mixing together mashed-up berries with a bit of water or coconut oil for a quick, natural paint. This can also be combined with glitter or pom-poms once the body paint has dried, resulting in a fun and colorful look. You could even add food coloring if you want more vibrant colors!
Opt for Second-Hand or Artisan-Made Items
If you don’t have time for crafting or making your own body paint, another option is to opt for second-hand or artisan-made items. This allows you to support small businesses and vendors while still getting creative with your costume.
For second-hand clothing, try searching stores like Goodwill or local thrift shops. These can be great sources of vintage pieces that are perfect for creating a one-of-a-kind costume. Alternatively, if you want designer pieces without the hefty price tag, then check out online marketplaces like Etsy or eBay – there are tons of unique and affordable options on these sites!
If you prefer handmade items over mass-produced ones, then look for artisans selling their creations on sites like Etsy. Whether it’s a pair of stunning earrings for your fairy costume or a beautifully-crafted headpiece for your vampire outfit, there are tons of options available that will help you stand out from the crowd this Halloween!
Host a Halloween Costume Swap Party
A costume swap party is a great way to get creative with your Halloween costumes and share them with others. Simply ask everyone attending the party to bring along one or two of their old costumes, along with any accessories that go with them (like wigs or makeup). Then, everyone can take turns showing off their costumes and swapping items that they don’t need anymore for ones that they do. This is a great way to extend the life of your old outfits and keep things fresh for another year!
Another idea for hosting a fun costume swap party is by offering prizes for the best costumes. For example, you could have everyone vote on their favorite costume, or offer gift cards or other small rewards as prizes. Just be sure to come up with the prizes in advance and make sure that everyone knows about them before the party begins. This will encourage everyone to put in their best effort when coming up with their costumes, as well as help ensure a fun and engaging atmosphere at the party.
You can even hold an online swap if you have too many commitments to get together in person! Simply create a dedicated online forum, Facebook group, or Instagram post where people can list and swap their costumes.
Be a Champion of Sustainability
Of course, you can take Halloween as an opportunity to spread awareness about the impact that costumes and decorations have on the planet. Talk to your friends and family members about choosing eco-friendly options for this spooky season and help others make fun choices! This is a great way to celebrate Halloween in a sustainable and healthy way.
Whatever route you choose, don’t be afraid to get creative with your costumes and show off your personality – after all, that’s what Halloween is all about! Have fun and happy haunting!