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Eco-Friendly Halloween Costume Ideas

By Samantha Kruse

Staff Writer

With Halloween only two weeks away, it’s that time of year to start thinking about costumes. While we ponder on what to dress up as, another factor in play is where to buy fun pieces for our costumes. Having a sustainable Halloween costume may seem tricky, but it is definitely a treat when you can incorporate eco-friendly methods.

Pull pieces from your closet 

Not every costume will just fall out of your closet, but there are a couple that may be fun to pull together. Happen to have flowy pants, a cropped shirt, and some circle sunglasses? A hippie is an easy and comfortable costume to pull from a closet. Look through your clothes first and see what you can make of it. This saves you money and helps the environment by not buying from fast fashion brands.

Borrow costumes 

Borrowing costumes helps prevent clothes from being single-use items. Asking friends and family to borrow their costumes from previous years keeps you from running to the store and also helps revive an old costume. Ask your mom or dad what their favorite costumes in their college days were, and they very well could still own that vintage piece. 


Thrifting can bring you the most unique outfit, and is way more fun than hopping online to shop. There’s always hidden gems in secondhand stores, and if you don’t like how one thing looks, there are many different ways to upcycle the piece. Some ideas include cropping a shirt to fit your look, creating jorts, bleach-dyeing or just regular tie-dyeing fabric, or ironing on your favorite logo or symbol with transfer paper. 

Support small businesses 

Buying from small businesses means you can both support small vendors and find outfits and accessories for this Halloween. Etsy is a great way to support these businesses and also could bring you that missing piece for your costume. Scroll through Etsy first before jumping on Amazon— you’ll find a beautiful array of things you didn’t even know you were missing! 

All of these ideas will save you money and will help reduce single-use items when it comes to Halloween. Buying a costume is exciting, but making sure you will find another purpose for it after the holiday is important. Following these tips will reduce the influx of fast fashion brought on during this time, and it will also repurpose clothing that could have ended up in the dumpster. Halloween is one of the best holidays, so let’s make it sustainable!

Samantha Kruse 

Writer, Stylist, and PR | Thread Magazine

Writer for The Beat | The Post

Staff for Pop Culture | The Bench Press Media

Project Member  | Sustainable Action League 

Strategic Communication Major in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Ohio University ‘24

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