ethical halloween

Ethical Halloween: Simple Costumes You Can Make With Ethical Clothing

ethical halloween costumes
It's tempting, this time of year, to trek to the local Halloween store and buy a pre-made costume. I wouldn't blame you if you did: it's convenient and fun. 

The only problem is that Halloween costumes and their related accessories are some of the least ethical and sustainable things you can buy:
  1. Almost everything is plastic or polyester based, and therefore not biodegradable.
  2. Materials are low quality, which means they won't last over several seasons.
  3. One word: sweatshops.
  4. Costumes are heavily trend driven, so chances are you won't even want to wear your costume again.
  5. The costume industry is chock full of cultural appropriation and general bigotry. My local store is currently carrying a "Mexican" outfit, numerous "Indian Chief" costumes, and a child's Robert E. Lee costume. 
Basically, it's best to stay as far away as possible from commercialized, "fast fashion" Halloween and do it yourself. Here are my recommendations for some costumes you can put together yourself using versatile, ethical clothing.

FOX COSTUME

ethical halloween costumes
Elegantees Dress | Fair Indigo Leggings | Ears via Etsy

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BLACK CAT COSTUME

ethical halloween costumes
Elegantees Tunic | Boody Wear Leggings | Beanie via Etsy

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FAIRY COSTUME

ethical halloween costumes

Symbology Dress | EcoStardust Biodegradable Glitter | Wings via Etsy

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Ethical Roundup: Cozy & Spooky Fall Decor

When dear Anne of Green Gables said those famous words,

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

I get the sense she wasn't talking about Halloween. Still, I agree with her: October is the season of crunchy leaves, crisp air, smoky fires, cozy blankets, and spooky movies. My husband is writing his dissertation on ghost hunters, so I've come to embrace his preference for ghost hunting shows and Halloween-themed entertainment (I still refuse to watch horror movies, though).

In the spirit of the season, I thought I'd round up some ethically made decor suitable for the season. Items shown here are either fair trade, handmade, or indie-made.

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ethical home decor for halloween and fall
  ethical home decor for halloween and fall
Bat Hanging Sculptures, $55.00 | Cat Candle, $34.00 (melts to reveal a cat skeleton) | Palmistry Hand Screenprint, $40.00

ethical home decor for halloween and fall
ethical home decor for halloween and fall
Fresh Butter Crunch Sampler, $34.00 | Oak Leaf Bowl, $29.50 (on sale)

Here's to having a cozy, adventurous, and spooky October. 


ethical home decor for halloween and fall