This year, a record 170 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween, with the average family of four spending $330 on decorations, costumes and candy, according to Savers and the National Retail Federation. With all the effort and money that kids, teenagers and even adults put into everyone’s favorite spooky fall holiday, why not try to make your Halloween a little greener? To lend a helping hand, Earth911 rounded up more than 50 ways to bring environmental responsibility to your holiday – and save a few bucks in the process.
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1. Choose reusable decorations
Decorating your home for the spooky season doesn’t have to take a toll on the planet. Opt for creative, reusable decor to cut back on holiday waste.
When purchasing decor items, choose high-quality products that can withstand years of reuse, instead of single-use, disposable decor. For example, this handmade cloth banner from Etsy seller TheCharmingCart can be reused year after year, unlike those disposable plastic banners that tend to break after only one season.
Or forgo purchased decorations altogether and use fall’s bounty to garnish your home: autumnal leaves, apples, pumpkins and gourds. These natural items can adorn your abode through Thanksgiving and are compostable when the two fall holiday are over.
For added reuse flair, you can also recycle your trash into Halloween decor – turning old coffee and soup cans or milk jugs into jack-o-lanterns.
Check out even more reusable decor ideas, along with loads more tips for a sustainable holiday, at Earth911.