Halloween is a time for pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, dressing up and trick or treating! But what if you want to enjoy the occasion without all the wasted money and tatt?
The terrifying truth is that many Halloween costumes are produced in time for the day, worn once and then thrown away. A 2019 study by environmental charity Hubbub and the Fairyland Trust found that the UK produced over 2000 tonnes of seasonal plastic waste (about 83 million plastic bottles’ worth) from costumes and seasonal fast fashion.
If you’re wanting to save money and make less waste, why not start with your costume? Check out charity shops for second-hand clothing that you can repurpose or ask friends and family if they’ve got any bits and pieces lying around. It is amazing what you can create with a bit of imagination!
You can also create DIY decorations or dig up old ones to be reused. If you do want to buy new ones, keep in mind their reusability, and make sure to keep them for future Halloween celebrations. Why not get crafty and make paper ghost garlands, spooky masks or pompom spiders!
If you’re looking for inexpensive Halloween activities to enjoy, why not go pumpkin picking at Doddington Hall? It is free to enter, and prices for pumpkins start from £3 dependant on size. Or, if you’d like something a little different, why not head into the city after dark to glimpse gruesome monsters illuminated across the city from Castle Square all the way down to the University.
If you’re not in the mood to go out and would rather save your money and curl up on the sofa with a pumpkin spice drink, there’s plenty of spooky Halloween movies to delve into. To get you started, we’ve listed a few not-too-scary movies to choose from…
- The Haunted Mansion 2003
- Hotel Transylvania 2012
- The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993
- Hocus Pocus 1993
- Zombieland 2009
- Shaun of the Dead 2004
So, whether you stay in or dare to venture out into the night, have a hauntingly Happy Halloween with less waste and more pennies in your pocket!