From excess pumpkin pulp, to paper ghost decorations, to single-use costumes—Halloween and all the decorating, dressing up and frivolities has the potential to be quite harmful to the environment.

Not to fear! We’ve got you covered with a few suggestions on ways you can enjoy the spooky season whilst also showing some love to the planet. Here’s our guide to having a green Halloween…

1. Ditch the costume and get creative

Poor quality, mass-produced, single-use costumes are vastly damaging to the environment and many stem from unethical labour conditions. One of the best ways to lower your carbon footprint this Halloween is to make your very own one-of-a-kind costume!

Whether you hound your mates for an old onesie, scour charity shops or even revamp your past-Halloween costumes – shop second-hand this Halloween. Chorlton and Withington have some great strips loaded with charity shops you can peruse to bag your latest bargain. Not only is it better for the planet, but your wallet will thank you as well!

2. Make your Jack-o'-Lantern a Jack of all trades

Whether you’ve carved an elaborate masterpiece into a pumpkin or pushed creative license to the absolute max—here are some ways you can make the most out of your pumpkin this Halloween.

Firstly, make sure to buy your pumpkin from an independent fruit and veg stall or farmer’s market to support local businesses and reduce the air miles of the produce.

Once you’ve hollowed out the pumpkin, whack the seeds in a roasting tray as nibbles to accompany your spooky spread and turn the pulp into some soup or even pumpkin muffins! Don’t fancy pumpkin-flavoured nosh? Make sure to compost the leftover pumpkin!

3. Get crafty with your decorations

While it’s one of the most fun parts of the holiday, decorating can also be the most wasteful. Opt for some recyclable decorations or just repurpose some stuff you’ve got lying around already.

Cardboard boxes can be painted into looming tombs, ripped tights can become creepy spider webs and old sheets can be cut up and transformed into floating ghouls.

Whatever you decide to repurpose and upcycle, have fun with it and take the opportunity to get really stuck into the spooky spirit!

4. Serve up a plastic-free party spread

Whether it’s fizzy sweets, basic beer snacks or something a little more extravagant, get all your groceries from local package-free shops this Halloween.

Lentils & Lather in Withington, Village Stores in Levenshulme and the various General Store locations across the city centre are a few great examples of locations offering package-free shopping.

Remember to bring your own repurposed jars, bottles and bags!

Sun 31 Oct
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Wed 27 Oct 2021