Tip of the Week: Green Your Halloween

Here are some practical tips on how to be more sustainable this Halloween:

1. Beg, borrow, and swap your costume.

Connect with your friends and neighbors and see if they have any costumes from previous Halloweens. Organize a fun costume swap at your school or in the neighborhood.

**Bring your unwanted costume for donation to the Newton Pumpkin Smash on November 5.**

2. Use what you’ve already got to create a costume or buy second hand.

Get creative and use what you have on hand for a costume or buy second hand. Check out Helpsy’s Not So Spooky Halloween Collection for costume inspiration from shows like Stranger Things and Emily in Paris.

3. Make your decorations sustainable.

Use a pillowcase for candy collection instead of a plastic jack-o-lantern, and avoid plastic dishware at your Halloween gathering. Decorate with a real pumpkin and bring it to the Newton Pumpkin Smash for composting. Use old strips of fabric/sheets to make your own ghosts and goblins to hang up, and decorate with natural corn stalks and hay bales. Seemingly innocuous materials like fake spider webs and glittery decorations take a toll on the environment.

Helpsy partners with the City of Newton to collect textiles at your home , at select public schools in Newton, or at the Newton Resource Recovery Center (115 Rumford Ave., Auburndale) to keep items like clothing, blankets, and shoes out of the trash. Also check out Helpsy’s new secondhand clothing website–buy used to help the planet and your pocketbook.