With 7m Halloween costumes ending up in the bin in 2016, Abi Arden of environmental campaign charity Hubbub shares her top tips for a spooktacular costume that won’t cost the earth
An estimated 39 million people in the UK dressed up for Halloween last year, spending a total of £510m on costumes alone.
With 7m Halloween costumes ending up in the bin in 2016, here are our top tips for a spooktacular Halloween this autumn that saves you money and won’t harm the planet.
1) Bring your outfit back from the dead
If you’ve got it, haunt it. Uncover the skeletons in your closet and re-wear an old outfit. This is a faboolous alternative to buying a Halloween costume in a shop.
2) Have some skele-fun by upcycling old costumes
Get old-skool spooky and patch your costume together from things you already have in the house. Below are some quick and easy step-by-step guides to making a bat and a skeleton costume as instructed by craft blogger Mum In The Madhouse. See full making instructions and guides for a cat, ghost and wizard here.
How to make a DIY skeleton costume
How to make a DIY bat costume
3) Share the magic with a Halloween costume swap
Do a costume swap with friends or through a local Facebook group, community centre or school. Bring out that outfit from last year and exchange it for a new one. Share a photo of you and your friends in your new costume online with #SewSpooky and be #SquadGhouls.
Carving up a storm this Halloween?
Are you carving a pumpkin this year? Lots of people don’t think of pumpkins as a vegetable, but they are, and they’re delicious. Don’t forget to eat your pumpkin guts and help cut food waste. Check out the Hubbub #PumpkinRescue campaign and get a taste of Halloween with our collection of #FoodSavvy pumpkin recipes here.