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Sustainable Halloween Decorations

Halloween is almost upon us! Here are ways to make your spooky decorations as sustainable as possible without compromising on Halloween spirit. 

Sustainable Halloween Decorations


Jack-o-lanterns are a popular Halloween decoration that are also natural, but there are several ways to make your pumpkin carving more sustainable. First, make sure to carve your pumpkin with a sharp knife. This will help you avoid damaging your carving tool so you can them for many years to come. When emptying your pumpkin, be sure to save the seeds! You can roast them to make a delicious snack. If you put a candle inside your carved pumpkin, choose one made from paraffin wax or soy wax which are both biodegradable materials. Lastly, once Halloween has passed, be sure to compost your pumpkins! 

Use Natural Materials 

Don't buy plastic decorations that will be thrown away at the end of the night! Try these ideas for eco-friendly Halloween decorations that you can make straight from nature.  

  • Plant cornstalks in your garden or yard for decoration.  
  • Place pumpkins and gourds around your yard, porch, and inside your home. 
  • Use real leaves from trees to create an autumnal feel in your yard.  
  • Create a natural spooky garland from dried fruit, leaves, and ghosts made out of recycled paper! 

Other Sustainable Alternatives 

The best and easiest way to be sustainable is to just use the decorations you already have from year to year! You can also get creative with what you have - for example, try putting some spooky ornaments on your Christmas tree to transform it into a Halloween tree.  

If you do want more décor, there are plenty of decorations available for purchase that are made from materials that can be composted or recycled like cardboard and paper.  There is also plenty of seasonal décor available at thrift stores or on online secondhand retailers like Facebook Marketplace.