With Halloween 2014 coming on the heels of the BoxTrolls movie, recycled (and recyclable) cardboard costumes are sure to be in high demand. Even if you won’t be creating one of these characters, we’ve got great tips for greening this season of ghosts and gourds.
* Make crafty trick-or-treat sacks using recyclable paper bags and paper scraps or put removable decorations on tote bags or pillow cases for an extra sturdy, reusable option. Find great ideas for decorations, party planning, costumes and more at planetpals.com.
* Create costumes from items you already own and avoid purchasing unnecessary single-use items. Find new-to-you ensembles and donate your old ones at GrowNYC’s Halloween Costume Swaps on October 25 and 26 or try your local thrift store for inspiration. Get great recyclable costume ideas for all ages from the Cardboard Costume Challenge and Inhabitots.
* When you’re finished showing off your costume, recycle it! Use your building’s textile bin if you have one or find a Greenmarket collection near you.
* Compost your jack-o-lantern in your backyard or curbside collection bin, at a Greenmarket food scrap collection or see if community groups and gardens near you accept scraps for composting. Make it a family affair, complete with snacks, at a Pumpkin Smash 2014 event, sponsored by the NYC Compost Project.
* Too much candy? Find a local dentist participating in Halloween Candy Buyback, where kids can get prizes or even cash. Candy is donated to Operation Gratitude, for inclusion in care packages for troops overseas.