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Practical tips: Ecological Halloween


halloween ecological consumption

Halloween is a holiday that children and many adults love! It’s actually the second most celebrated holiday in the country! Like all holidays, there was a certain slippage in terms of consumption. We don't have to look far to understand that it is now linked to overconsumption in addition to being linked to the wrong type of consumption.


We only have to think of all these decorations made from plastic and sometimes single-use, of all these pumpkins which end up on the garbage disposal path, of all these costumes made of less ecological materials, of the fact that some families even spend Halloween in the car and all this candy in individual wrappers! We would like to be able to party without thinking about the ecological impact we have. To do this, we believe it is simply a matter of preparing accordingly. This preparation does not have to be arduous and expensive. On the contrary, this preparation can be much more economical and become part of the party.

From the list of potentially polluting elements named above, we would like to share with you some possible solutions concerning costumes and decorations from the perspective of textiles.

The costumes

Will you be happier with a new suit purchased which will most likely not be very original and which also risks being worn only once? Rather than buying a new suit it will certainly be more fun and more original to choose one or more of the following options.

Renting a costume is a great idea! This will be done at a lower cost and you can change your costume every year while ensuring that you have a lower ecological impact, without generating waste! You can also buy second-hand ones by visiting platforms such as Kijiji or lesPac.

create your own costume

    Create your own costume and get creative! Are you lacking inspiration? Pinterest is certainly a great source for inspiration. To find the elements that go with your costume idea, you can have several strategies.

    You could even celebrate Halloween ahead of time by organizing a costume exchange , old clothes that are no longer needed anyway and are just cluttering up your home.

    It's always possible to find great Halloween costumes by rummaging through crafts and toy bins . You will be surprised by everything you can find there. Moving from the cape, to the magic wand, to the tutu and the firefighter's helmet... the arrangement will be your ally in terms of originality. The possibilities are limitless !

    create your own costume

    You can also visit thrift stores or garage sales . It is always surprising to see all these objects that are not used on the side of the street waiting for a buyer. You can even match your candy harvest bag with your costume. Take an old pillowcase and let your kids decorate it with paint and other craft items available at home or in the recycling bin.

    Masks and false teeth are scary! How true! The plastics used to make them are often questionable and can, for example, contain lead and phthalates. It is best to avoid them!

    Once the Halloween party is over, maximize the life of the costumes by making them available for your children who can play dress up all year round, by returning them to a second-hand store, by selling them through through platforms like Kijiji or by donating them to a school or daycare.


    Halloween night is an opportunity for children (and adults!) to be more daring and cover their faces with makeup. Widely sold Halloween makeup has been shown to be unsafe because some contain lead or other heavy metals, powerful allergens and endocrine disruptors. Opt for makeup of natural origin . You can even create it with ingredients from your pantry like flour, cornstarch, syrup, and food coloring. Even fake blood can be created from edible ingredients.

    The decorations

    ecological decorations

    Decorations are also an important aspect of the ecological impact you will have depending on what you choose to use. An impressive variety exists on the market and most are made from plastic, even the textiles integrated into it such as spider webs.

    In the same spirit as your costumes, you can create your own Halloween decorations and turn it into a fun activity! Here you can also take inspiration from what you find on Pinterest and take advantage of your plastic art materials and your recycling bin!

    Autumn also presents several elements to highlight for your decorations. Decorating with branches and dead leaves will make your home more original. All decorations can be composted after Halloween! Combine old clothes, such as jeans and a plaid shirt, which you will fill with dead leaves to form a scarecrow. Same thing for an old sheet which can turn into a ghost.

    If you already have plastic decorations it is best to use them from year to year. Plastic decorations can take between 500 and 1000 years to decompose once thrown away. He therefore wants to better use them fully until they reach the end of their life.

    zero waste decorations

    A constant element in Halloween decorations is the pumpkin . This seems obvious, but make sure the one you choose is locally grown and ideally organic. Every year, it's surprising to see the number of pumpkins that end up in landfills! The pumpkin is eaten: soup, pie, roasted sweet or savory pumpkin seeds, etc. In order to keep the pumpkin fresh and give it the greatest possible chance of being eaten, it is best to dig out your lantern one or two days in advance and include a candle (natural or LED) only on the day of the festivities.

    As we mentioned above, just about every aspect of Halloween can be questioned from an ecological perspective. We have chosen to talk to you about elements concerning textiles and there are already some great ideas for making this celebration more ecological. In addition to making it ecological, these trails make it both more festive and more economical. What more could you ask for?

    Ecologically yours,

    eco loco


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