A Zero Waste Halloween (For Adults)

A Zero Waste Halloween For Adults

If you enjoy celebrating Halloween, it’s difficult to find information about keeping your festivities low waste. There are so many articles about costume parties, children’s activities, and candy wrapping, it’s hard to find anything related to how adults might celebrate without the waste.

2,000 tonnes of plastic waste will be generated by Halloween costumes this year in the UK. That’s shocking and totally avoidable. Make your own, buy it second-hand, and wear it multiple times. I’ve written about hosting a zero waste party and how to make a costume that doesn’t involve polyester clothing or disposable props. This is about the traditional and not-so-traditional ways you can enjoy Halloween as an adult without throwing anything in the bin.

A Zero Waste Halloween For Adults

Pumpkin Carving

Every year I carve pumpkins with friends, it’s one of my favourite Halloween activities. Pumpkin carving is a naturally low waste activity, if you remember to scoop up the seeds and save them for toasting. With a little seasoning (I like them with a little salt, pepper, paprika, and chilli power) they make the perfect snack for when you’re watching a scary film. After displaying your decorated pumpkin for a few days, move it to a spot where birds and other wildlife can get at it. You can either fill it with seed or cut it up into smaller pieces. Composting is another option; pumpkins break down rather quickly on a compost heap.

Museum Tours

Museums often put events on during Halloween and while most of them are family-friendly with children’s activities, there are museums catering to those of us who enjoy a little spooking on All Hallows Eve. This year, I booked a night tour at the Lapworth Museum with friends; an unsettling tour of the museum’s hidden spaces and rare specimens, where they take away your phone and warn you that there’s “strength in numbers”. If you want to do something a more exciting than watching horror films and carving pumpkins, I highly recommend looking out for events at your local museum.

Ghost Walks

A fantastic way to learn more about your local (gruesome) history is by booking a ghost walk. There’s the rather cheesy ghost hunting tours where actors hide around corners and you’re told made-up tales in the dark, and then there’s the historical walking tours that explore local streets and their paranormal connections. I prefer the latter, which tend to be more entertaining and less cringy. Last year I went on a ghost walk set-up by the BMAG and the host was wonderfully entertaining, particularly so when he ended the tour by telling us a ghost story and abruptly walking leaving us all in the darkness of a graveyard to find our own way home.

Halloween Entertainment

Hosting a zero waste party is relatively easy and so is making your own costume if you stick to simple outfits and focus on makeup. Although I enjoy a spooky party, my favourite Halloween celebration involve inviting friends around to eat food, play games, carve pumpkins, and watch films. Board games or video games, whichever your favourite may be, there’s plenty to choose from. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, Dead of Winter, and One Night Ultimate Werewolf are all cooperative games for large groups. If you only have a few willing players, video games might be a better option. Alien Isolation, Outlast, and Resident Evil 4 are packed with jump scares. If you’re looking for something lighter, Don’t Starve, Grim Fandango, and This War Of Mine are also good choices. For films: Hereditary, Funny Games, Ju-On: The Grudge, Get Out, and Rope are favourites of mine.

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