Creeping is also sustainable: Watson gives you tips on how to celebrate your Halloween party in a more eco-friendly way.Photo: imago / Alexander Limbach
Meanwhile, it gets dark again early in the morning, the nights get cold and sometimes the streets are covered with fog… The hour of witches, zombies and vampires has come: Halloween is coming soon!
Rising energy prices are already making some people’s hair stand on end. Reason enough for important advice from the Watson editorial team, How to make your Halloween party sustainable and inexpensive.
Create a spooky atmosphere and save electricity
Candles create an eerie atmosphere in the dark, and with beeswax, you’re also protecting the environment.Photo: Imago / Panthermedia
Since Halloween is a festival of darkness, you automatically save on bright holiday lights at your party. Instead, you can rely on candles and tea lights. But be careful: Classic supermarket candles are often made from paraffin, a petroleum product, and are therefore harmful to the climate.
Candles made from palm oil stearin are considered more environmentally friendly because they are biodegradable. But palm oil is not the best choice either: large areas of tropical rainforests are being cleared for palm oil plantations. A good alternative is beeswax candles or candles made from 100% local and renewable biomass.
Terrible decorations and snacks
You can get creative with the rest of the decor and easily save on decorations from the craft store: Instead of throwing away orange netting, you can just paint them white and turn them into a fake spider web. Even tattered curtains can be used with a little color in creepy accessories on the walls. And you can quickly make coffins or crosses for vampire fans from old boards.
Even old boards or house feathers can be creatively reused for decoration.Photo: Imago / Karina Hessland
To convince zombie, ghost and alien lovers, you can make ice cream with your own hands with a simple recipe without buying additional decorative items from environmentally harmful plastic or synthetic rubber. Rubber is often mixed with sulfur, synthetic additives, plasticizers, and antioxidants. Many of these substances break down slowly and harm the environment when they enter the soil or groundwater.
This video tutorial shows you how to make the perfect ice cream hand:
Carve your Halloween pumpkin – and use it all up
Scary lanterns can’t just be made from pumpkins.Photo: imago / Arnulf Hettrich
Of course, the jack-o’-lantern, aka Jack O’Lantern, is the The main symbol of Halloween. So when you go out to buy one or more pumpkins, you should best buy them from local farms or farmers markets, not in the nearest supermarket. If you can’t go to the market, you can pay more attention to the organic seal and regional origin in the supermarket.
To get the most out of pumpkin, you should not discard the seeds or flesh when carving it. The seeds can be easily roasted in a pan with a little olive oil and you can use the meat to make delicious pumpkin dishes — or bake them, as these pumpkin cinnamon rolls prove:
The classic Halloween pumpkin variety is called Ghost Rider, but you can also get creative and try other edible pumpkin varieties like Hokkaido or Butternut. The very brave among you can also make a beetroot spirit: For this, the freshest possible bait, swede or sugar beet, is cut off, hollowed out, and a pumpkin-like grinning face is carved into it.
Healthier Scary Snacks
As an alternative to sugar shock, you can prepare scary snacks with vitamins.Photo: IMAGO / Panthermedia
If you want to serve something unusual at your party and want to avoid sugar shock from different sweets, can easily impress with scary tangerines. They look like pumpkins if you draw faces on them or if you peel them and top them with short pieces of celery.
Even peeled bananas can easily be decorated with chocodrops to make whiny ghosts. Find more inspiration for blood-free, vegan snacks in this video:
What you can focus on at your Halloween buffet is to reduce waste: Use regular tableware or biodegradable paper plates and label your cups with key chains or tags, to avoid confusion (and pollution).
Looking Terrible – In Recycled Suits
You can also get creative with costumes and use old items in new ways.Photo: IMAGO / NurPhoto
Last but not least, you can get rid of your suits in a more durable and cheaper way, Rather than quickly ordering the next scary outfit on Amazon. Fancy something a little more unconventional? We’ve collected the best ideas for it here: unusual costumes are often more interesting anyway! Anyway, the only scary thing about the Scream mask is the plastic you use overnight.
You should also take a quick look at the ingredient list when talking about make-up: make-up and fake blood are easily available at drugstores. If you don’t want to support pagan Halloween traditions, take a closer look at the ingredients. Otherwise, you may get animal remains on your face. It’s best to simply use vegan makeup or natural cosmetics to give yourself a lasting creepy look.
We generally don’t want to crawl out of bed when it’s raining, storming, or snowing. And if we do – then wrap up in a thick jacket that keeps us warm. Unfortunately, winter jackets are often filled with down or wool and have leather elements. Anyone living a vegan life can worry about this.