There have been a billion posts on reduced waste and reduced harm Halloween celebrations. I saw a lot of "what do you give out to trick-or-treaters?!" on zero waste and zero waste vegan FB communities! (The verdict seemed to be: clementines, boxed raisins, any mini candy you can find boxed, FEP-approved foil wrapped Sjaak's minis, cans of sparking water/soda or school supplies! Or "Don't bother, it's impossible!" That's the spirit, Zero Wasters!) We don't really get trick-or-treaters since it's a NYC apartment building the management doesn't organize anything so I don't have to worry about that part of Halloween.
I usually do end up dressing up, though, because we have a few friends who are super into Halloween. It's a good holiday, so rightly so. I usually try to dress up without having to buy stuff, or at least limit what I need to buy. Not only is is just better for the environment, but you also don't get stuck waiting on a line to get into Party City. Wait, is that just NYC? There have been a bunch of better, more professionally photo-documented posts about DIY costumes from salvaged material (see one from Style Wise here!) but I'm going to add my blurry iphone photos to the mix, too!
Last year I was Andy Warhol, opportunistically due to my haircut at the time. This year I decided to go for a classic costume -- a bat! Well, semi-classic. My impromptu makeup pushed into more of a twenties style harlequin makeup vibe but whatevs. I wanted to be something classic and I figured I could put it together mostly with things I had on hand.
What I already had:
- black long sleeve t-shirt
- black leggings
- black shoes and socks
- costume face makeup and "everyday" makeup I already had (including primer!)
- a broken black umbrella
- safety pins
- black gaffer tape (the tape was my boyfriend's)
What I had to buy:
- a bat hat I picked up at some cheapo store because I liked it
Technically I already had the hat because I got it in a moment of weakness about six months ago at IKEA no less! But I also could have made a bat hat out of either felt and a headband I already have or black gaffers tape and a headband.
This was the costume makeup:
I had this stuff from prior years. It's very concentrated so you only need a very tiny amount with water to do face makeup. I was surprised by how little you use so I'll try to incorporate this stuff into costumes in the future!
I also had a bunch of extra makeup from my vegan beauty box days and just used what I had on hand. Green glitter and white glitter come in handy this time of year.
And this is the costume! I ended up taping my wings on so you couldn't see any gaps but this was basically it. A bonus: it was very comfortable, I could eat in it, sit in it, walk in it. In fact, we walked the 2 miles to and from the party. Comfort is Queen!
Next year I'll try to plan a little more in advance. I kind of winged this one within a week or so leading up to Halloween. (No pun intended, but I'll take it.) I was originally going to be Peppermint Butler from Adventure Time but I couldn't figure out how to be a convincing PepBut and still eat unobstructed and sit down. Maybe I'll figure it out by next year.