Spider Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love thinking about what my costume is going to be and how to create my perfect look for that year. I think I’ve only purchased a complete costume maybe once or twice in my life. Half of the fun of Halloween is making your own costume.

You too can make your own costume and make it more environmentally friendly with the resources that we here at Crafting a Green World have given you throughout our blog posts. It’s not that scary, just remember these three tips:

  • Use what you have first
  • If you don’t have the perfect item to create your outfit, then Thrift it.
  • If the first two tips have not produced all the items needed for your ghoulish garb, use eco-friendly items such as yarn or fabric to create your monster personality.

Need some motivation for a green Halloween? Here are some eco-inspired costume ideas to get you in the mood for the holiday.

  • Global Warming symptom – Sea level rise – Dress in all brown with some white or green on the top half of you to signify land. Fashion a blue sheet or blue fabric around your waist for the sea. Throughout the evening inch the sheet up over your waist to signify sea level rise.
  • Carbon Credits – Take your now defunct credit cards and string them down one side of your body. On the other side create replicas of your cards so they mirror the originals. Get it? Carbon credits.
  • Smoke stack or Oil Rig – For the oil rig, dress in black and use black duct tape to criss-cross strips of it up your costume. For a hat, take a black trash bag and stuff it in a way that it looks like cartoon oil is coming out the top. For a smoke stack, dress in brown. Use thin cardboard to create a tube-like hat and use cotton balls or left over spiderweb decoration to affix it onto the hat to look like smoke.
  • Recycling – This one can go two ways. The first, you can dress up all in green and cut out the recycling symbol out of card board, then attach it to yourself. The other way, is to be recycling. Make a box out of cardboard and fashion it around your waist, then attach various recyclables to yourself and the box.

Have other eco-inspired costume ideas? Leave them in the comments!

[Image credit: Brian Hathcock]

Written by Kelly Rand

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting.

Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.


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  1. Kelly: I’m a reporter at the Housotn Chronicle newspaper. I loved your ECO-WEEN suggestions and wonder if I could reference this website and put a few of the costume recommendations in my newspaper. Let me know!

  2. my boyfriend and i had planned on being honeybees with X’s painted over our eyes, and mites on us = colony collapse disorder

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