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Embracing eco-friendly Halloween

A HELPING HAND. For Halloween in her 6th grade year, freshman Ann Li’s neighbor handmade a Harry Potter robe for her. “After I complained about not having a Halloween costume, my neighbor showed up to my house a few days later with this handmade Harry Potter robe,” said Li. (Submitted by Ann Li)

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting colder, and as autumn rolls around, so does the spooky season and the buzz around Halloween costumes. Although not everyone goes trick or treating, 69% of people celebrating Halloween are planning to wear a costume this year.

Think outside the box; even materials like bottles and cans could also be reused in making Halloween costumes.

— Zimo Xie

However, out of the costumes worn during Halloween each year, more than 83% are made of plastic and will be thrown out by November. The amount of plastic thrown out yearly from store-bought costumes is roughly equivalent to 83 million plastic bottles. Because of how quickly these costumes get made and thrown out, most Halloween costumes found in stores are considered fast fashion.

Halloween shouldn’t be a single-use holiday, but does that mean Halloween should be costume-less? Are all costumes going to add to plastic waste in the environment? Thankfully, there are ways to celebrate Halloween sustainably by making your costumes or reusing fabric for outfits. Students can still express their creativity and have fun during Halloween while not harming the planet or supporting the fast fashion industry.

There are materials such as old pieces of clothing or past costumes students could exchange and swap with friends to make new costumes. On top of sustainable Halloween costumes being better for the planet, there’s also a sense of satisfaction from hand made costumes that simply purchasing a costume from the store can’t fulfill.

There are many ways to enjoy an eco-friendly Halloween, and this year, everyone should try to find their own way of doing so.

Updated on Nov. 2, 2023

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Zimo Xie, Feature Editor
Hi, my name is Zimo Xie (she/her). I’m a sophomore and this is my second year on staff. This year, I work as a feature editor for the RubicOnline. Outside of journalism, I’m involved in two orchestras and dance. I love to hang out with my cats at home. I can be reached at [email protected].

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