This Halloween, the trick-or-treaters will be out in their ghoulish splendor, scoring sugar-laden loot by the bucketful, then wolfing it down piece by chocolaty piece. All that candy generates one serious bellyache—and some serious waste. But celebrating Halloween doesn’t have to include every established tradition. This year, why not swap one of them for something a little more eco-friendly, say making your own decorations or mixing up some homemade face paint? Here are seven ways to green your Halloween without giving up any of the fun.
1. Trade costumes with friends. Halloween outfits get worn once or twice for a few hours. Swapping with a pal means saving money—the average consumer spends about $30 per costume, according to the National Retail Federation
—and it lessens the clothing’s environmental impact. “Swapping half the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons,” says Corey Colwell-Lipson, founder of Green Halloween
, a non-profit aimed at making Halloween less harmful to the planet. No need for a big soiree to exchange get-ups; bringing together a few people works, too. Search National Costume Swap Day for an event nearby.