Halloween is an excellent opportunity to go green and increase your sustainability. Here are some useful tips on how to reduce your impact on environment this Halloween season. Not only are these tips green but also will save you some green paper because Americans will spend 6.9 billion dollars this Halloween.

Make Your Own Costume

Creating a costume from scratch is a great way to save money and promote sustainability. Some of the best costumes every year are produced from materials lying around your house or from your local thrift store. Halloween stores are notoriously expensive and shopping at a Goodwill or thrift store can save up to 70%. Be creative and have the greenest costume this Halloween.

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Utilize Freecycle 

Freecycle.org is a great website to improve your sustainability on Halloween. Not only will this website help you get expensive, gently used costumes free of charge, it will allow you to receive a bunch of other Halloween supplies such as decorations. You can even swap your old Halloween supplies for new ones. Take advantage of this website to become greener not only on Halloween.

Pillow Cases

Pillowcases are the most effective alternative to buying festive bags to carry your candy around. Remember that pillowcases are reusable and will hold a great deal more candy than Halloween bags.

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Extra Candy

There are many places to donate your extra or unwanted candy to those in need. If you decide that your hungry enough to eat it all, mix it up and check out the website candyexperiments.com which has tips on how to combine your candy into more delicious treats.

Get More Out of Your Pumpkin

There is an excessive amount of waste involved with carving a pumpkin. The pumpkin insides can be used for soup or pie and the seeds can create a tasty treat. Remember that your pumpkin should end up in your compost pile after October 31st.

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Reuse Decorations

Keep all your Halloween decoration and use them again next year. Often people buy decorations and dispose of them on November 1st. This rule goes for other holidays as well.

Halloween for a Cause

Trick or treat for an organization, maybe even one that promotes sustainability. Bring a donation box with you or leave one at your home. This is a great way to raise funds for a worthy cause.

Have fun this Halloween, be safe and GO GREEN!