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Eco and Budget-Friendly Designs Tips for Decorating this Halloween
For a long time, Halloween was seen as an American festival, one that was largely ignored in the UK in favour of Guy Fawkes night. But in recent years, spending on Halloween has increased with Britons spending around £491 million of Halloween in 2018. This year, that figure is expected to rise by 5%. But with one eye on the budget and the other of reducing waste and one-use plastic, how can you decorate your home for Halloween?
#1 Opt for decorations you can keep
It’s rare to find anyone who buys new Christmas decorations each year with most of us storing baubles and tinsel in boxes in the loft etc. When it comes to Halloween decorations, the same is true.
Ditch plastic and excessive wrapping, favouring the use-and-keep-for-next-year Halloween available on the high street and online instead.
There are all kinds of decorations you can buy, many of which can be safely stored away until next year’s ghoulish party:
- Skull shaped glass tea light candles holders – perfect for using as a table centrepiece for a Halloween buffet
- Glittery reusable pumpkins – glitter isn’t always eco-friendly so when you invest in glitter strewn items, make sure you can use them for years to come. Many supermarkets have orange and black glittery pumpkins of various sizes, perfect for scattering about your home on windowsills, tables and on your living room fitted furniture.
Halloween isn’t Halloween without the annual pumpkin carving, whether you choose to do this at a children’s event or in the warm confines of your own kitchen.
The large orange pumpkins are grown fast and big which means that flavour can be lacking although with plenty of seasoning you can make the flesh into a pumpkin pie.
There are also many stencils you can download free from the web to use as a guide for cutting the pumpkin so that when you add a tea light or two, you get a great effect. If you don’t fancy the smell of a candle scorching the flesh inside a pumpkin, buy the small battery operated tea lights but keep out of reach of children.
Of course, once the witching hour is past, the pumpkin becomes defunct. On average, 18 million kilograms of pumpkins get thrown away each year in the UK. To reduce waste;
- Check with your local zoo if they are accepting pumpkins as treats for their animals
- Use the flesh in your cooking
- Use the pumpkin for the birds and insects in your garden
#3 The dinner table
And finally, whether you are holding a party for friends or just want to add a little Halloween flavour to your everyday meal with the family, there are many additions you can make to the dinner table.
As well as pumpkin, why not buy jelly moulds or ice cube in the shape of scary skulls or witches for fun ice cubes and dessert? Again, you can put these moulds away for use year after year.
Halloween is a fun time of year and for just a few pounds, you can invest in a small piece of Halloween decorations that you can keep for many years to come!