UCSF Sustainability Stories
Sophia Labeko, October 2020
6 Ways to Be Green on Halloween
Halloween, the scariest day of the year. When witches, monsters, and goblins resurface in the form of plastic and other single-use material. These elaborate decorations and costumes are a fun way to celebrate and get in the holiday spirit. However, after October 31st, most of these trinkets and accessories go to the landfill where they haunt our earth for tens or even hundreds of years.
Some Halloween activities might be canceled this year but fear not! Spice up your Halloween and start new traditions by thinking green. Check out these six tips for greening Halloween and don’t miss out on our costume contest!
Ways to Green Your Halloween
- Eat and compost the pumpkins you carve. Eating them reduces waste while composting them ensures proper disposal. According to US Department of Energy, in 2014 an estimated 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkin was trashed. Here are some recipes and creative ideas for pumpkins after Halloween.
- If you carved a fierce pumpkin, enter Wellness & Community’s contest.
Ready for more? Enter our Green Halloween Instagram Costume Contest. Five winners will receive gift cards.