How To: Upcycle & Recycle for Halloween!

How To: Upcycle & Recycle for Halloween!


Between décor, costumes, and all the other amazing things we love about this holiday – Halloween can get pretty, well, wasteful. But hey, you can totally change that. From the pumpkins on your doorstep to how you choose to dress up, we have a few stellar tricks you’ll want to incorporate into your Halloween celebration e-v-e-r-y single year!

Decorate using what’s already right outside your doorstep.

This Halloween, create your very own inexpensive crafting station with the help of a few things you can find right in your backyard: fallen leaves, branch sticks, small stones (you get the idea). If you have young kids, this is also a great fall activity for them. Not only will collecting their crafting materials get them out of the house for some fresh air, but you can feel good about simply wasting less paper and plastic. Because (let’s face it) most kids' crafts end up lost or discarded by the time next year comes around.

Additionally, you can use these types of items to create gorgeous center pieces and place settings for your Halloween night dinner (or any fall dinner you’re hosting, really!).

When it comes to Halloween décor, invest in pieces you can reuse again and again.

This is one eco-friendly tip you can incorporate into all your holiday décor throughout the year! An easy way to be eco-friendly whether it be at Halloween or Christmas is to simply keep the décor that you use instead of throwing it away. This could mean spending a bit more on items that will last longer. You know, instead of buying inexpensive pieces that won’t survive beyond one night of serious trick-or-treating. 

Never underestimate the power of pumpkin.

If going all out with the outdoor Halloween décor isn’t your jam, that’s cool too. You can opt to spruce up your front porch with (drum roll, please) pumpkins. Alright we know, that isn’t completely ground breaking, but we swear there is always a method to our madness! Here’s the thing, pumpkins are way more environmentally friendly than plastic decorations and you can use *all* of them for a no-waste Halloween project! So the next time you think about ditching them for October 31st décor, consider this: you can use that pumpkin for baking, snacks (hello, pumpkin seeds are delicious when roasted!), and to even make a face mask!


Change the way you see dressing up for Halloween.

We all know that (for kids especially) dressing up is the best part of Halloween. Seeing what everyone is wearing at work parties, or school events are oftentimes the most entertaining part of this holiday. Even simply staying in on Halloween night to hand out candy and watch all the trick or treaters dressed up is a great way to spend the evening. Keeping with the idea of wasting less and re-using more, put those creative juices to work and put together a costume with what you already have. Think Dad’s old plaid shirts and hats, and some draw-on mustaches with your (not so favorite) black eyeliner.

Of course, if you do have to buy a costume, we recommend hanging on to it so it can be reused (or borrowed by one of your besties!). You might not want to dress up as the same costume every year, but it could come in handy when you least expect it! 

Be more eco-friendly… with your Halloween makeup!

There are so many ways in which you can be totally eco-friendly with your glam this Halloween. Whether it is supporting a cruelty-free and recyclable cosmetic brand or simply using makeup you already have to create that spooky look, you can make small choices that ultimately have a big impact on the environment. If you can, try creating your Halloween look with the makeup you already own. We all have that lipstick we never dare to wear all year long hanging out at the bottom of our cosmetic bag. Or, that glittery eyeshadow we never seem to be game enough to wear IRL! Now is the time to bust these products out and to put them to good use! You’ll avoid going out and spending money on one-time makeup items and create less waste by doing so.

Now, if you can’t get away with creating that zombie-fied look with the cosmetics you already have on hand – we get that! If that’s your situation, opt for makeup brands that are cruelty-free and that value the environment by having a recycling program or by giving back.

Look at you, sis. You’ve now got your eco-friendly Halloween makeup on lock (you look fab by the way & don't forget the remover!).

Ready to have an eco-friendly Halloween?

We hope that you picked up a few cool tricks on how to upcycle and recycle in this blog post, gorgeous. Let us know down below what are some of the ways you and your family stay eco-friendly during Halloween. Or, during the fall season more broadly! When it comes to acting responsibly to protect the environment, we are all ears and all in honey.

Carey <3

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