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10 Eco Friendly Halloween Decorations

by Shane Washington |

It’s that time of the year! Halloween is right around the corner and I don’t know about you, but I’m looking for decorations that take spooky a little further.

If you love to celebrate the creepiest time of the year as much as I do, but want some decor that’s a little easier on our environment, check out these ideas! 


1. I love these Milk Jug Luminaries. They’re going to be recycled anyway, so you might as well have some ghoulish fun. All you need is a bit of creativity, some clean gallon jugs, a few black permanent markers, a craft knife, and a string of clear, low-wattage Christmas lights. 

2. Consider holding onto a few wine bottles throughout the year for these wine bottle jack-o-lanterns. Reduce, reuse, recycle, right? Check out the instructions for painting these creepily adorable little guys at Instructables: 

3. Classic Jack-o-Lanterns can’t be beat. They’re biodegradable and classic Halloween. Sustainably farmed, organic pumpkins usually have more character! I used soy-based candles from River Birch Candles for that eerie flicker. Soy candles don’t release harmful chemicals into the air for me and my Trick-or-Treater. Plus they smell amazing.


4. For some next-level creep factor, try these Blair Witch Stick Figures. They can be composted when you’re done with them, or dismantled for other decor crafts.



5. I’m ditching styrofoam coolers for our Halloween party this year in favor of pumpkin drink coolers! I just cut the top off, gut the gourd (keep those seeds to bake!) and filled it with ice. Serious style points without contributing to my local landfills.


6. Consider keeping it simple with gourds, colored corn and other natural objects. You can make some great mantle decor and table centerpieces sourced entirely from your local Farmers Market.

7. Thrifting is another eco-friendly option for finding some great Halloween decor. Vases, candlesticks, and jars can be painted and repurposed to hold candles or eerily inspired arrangements. 


8. I try to avoid plastics if at all possible, so I have a ton of glass jars around the house. With some reusable gauze, paint and a plant-based candle, I’ve got some seriously adorable luminaries.

9. Toilet-paper roll mummies are quick, eco-friendly and a great craft to share with your littles!

10. For my final trick, check out these floating paper-towel roll candles! The Harry Potter fans in your neighborhood will be seriously impressed, and you won’t be contributing to landfills.


It seems like the holidays come and go faster than we can plan them. So I don’t always have time to handcraft Halloween decorations. When I’m busy preparing for the festivities, I pick up a beautiful eco-friendly candle by River Birch Candles. Not only do they complement my other Halloween decor, but River Birch Candles also use organic cotton wicks with no metal, soy wax, and natural fragrance with essential oils, so they are truly safe to burn!

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