Dress up with an eco-friendly costume
Don't give the earth a reason to scream. Finding or making your eco-friendly costume is not as scary as you might think.
Ideas for an eco-friendly costume
Warm up your wand and get ready to summon up some magical Halloween costumes, the green way:
- Shazam! Costumes on the cheap: Go to a secondhand store, pick up some used clothing for an inexpensive version of Tarzan or Jane and you’ll prevent new resources from being used to create virgin apparel. When you’re done, simply re-donate the clothing so that someone else can use it next Halloween.
- Pow! Transformational magic: There are many ways to create your own costume using items found around the house. While you can certainly sew your own (with or without a pattern) from eco-fabrics like bamboo, organic cotton, silk, or hemp, making one from closet-bound items is a great way to recycle, and low-cost, too! Look for supplies in the attic, your junk drawer, seasonal closets, the toolbox, or even kitchen cupboards.
- Why not convert that old prom or bridesmaid dress into something more festive, like Tinkerbelle?
- Stockings stuffed with socks make great spider or turtle legs
- Grab a black cape and add a scarf, a tree branch (for a wand), and glasses to turn your 12 year old into Harry Potter
- Use old clothing, some glue, or a bit of paint to create pirate, Iron Man, witch, or Batman costumes.
- Poof! Recycling box to the rescue: Don’t forget that there are costumes-in-the-making in your recycle bin. Use boxes,cans, bottles, tissue paper, milk jugs, and plastic bags to make a fire truck, cotton candy, or a candy bar outfit. Don’t forget the masks!
- Kawabunga, Dude! Costume rentals: Renting allows you to dress up in a a high-end costume without creating any new waste. And although renting from a local costume shop is better (in terms of transport emissions) than having something shipped from several states away, if there are no local rental stores near you, Costume Holiday House, Costumes Galore, Boston Costume, and Children’s Party Productions all offer nationwide delivery.
Find it! Eco-friendly Halloween costumes
Finding natural fabrics and yarns is getting easier as ghoully-green products become more popular. But if make-it-yourself isn’t in your character, consider purchasing a costume made from earth-conscious materials. Whenever possible, avoid plastics, especially PVC—polyvinyl chloride, which has earthly-consequences before, during, and after use and look for outfits made from natural fabrics, like bamboo, organic cotton or wool, hemp, or silk.
Knit your own bag or add a decorative flair to a costume with 100 percent bamboo yarn. Useful for all kinds of Halloween crafts, this yarn can also be put to use for regular projects, too! Comes in green, red, yellow, white, black, and natural.
Made from organic cotton, this baby hat is embellished with various hair-raising appliqués sure to satisfy any parent with an inner-ghoul. Bat hats and matching booties are also options from this artisan.
Make like you just picked your little one from the pumpkin patch with this 100 percent organic cotton pumpkin toque. Comes in a variety of sizes (newborn, infant, toddler, child, and even adult!).
Every knight needs protective headgear and uniform for the battle. Equip your knight-at-arms with this hand-crocheted chain link hood and tunic made of natural cotton. They also carry a wooden shield and sword, or go native with native American or Viking options.
Complete the goblin, native American, or war-hero look with natural face pencils made with nontoxic ingredients. This set, made with primarily palm oil, comes in either six basic colors or six fairy-inspired options.
Stitch up a truly creative costume or goodie bag using 100 percent hemp fabrics that are cozy (great for those cold trick-or-treating nights) and durable. Color options include natural, ivory, burgundy, and sage. Rawganique also carries hemp yarn.
Made with naturally renewable, biodegradable silk, Sarah’s Silk costumes are both whimsical and fun. Here’s we’re showing a unicorn outfit, but Sarah’s Silks also carries costumes for dragons, wizards, princesses, pixies, fairies, and angels.
Make your own treat bag, costume, or decorations using Certified Organic cotton fabric. Sold by the yard, you can order this Fair Trade fabric for all kinds of Halloween crafts. Comes in an array of Hallow-riffic colors.
Give your Halloween a wildlife flair with this heirloom quality costume. Made from 100 percent cotton, all of Tom Arma’s costumes are produced in a studio using 100 percent Green e-Certified renewable energy credits. Many other nature-inspired options (flower, gorilla, money, snowbaby...) from which to choose.