Get a Head Start on Eco-Halloween Crafts

Halloween crafts made by me and my kidsAre you ready for Halloween yet?

Me neither. I’m just getting in the back to school groove.

But Halloween isn’t far from my mind. My Halloween costumes are already done, though mine needs a little altering, but the rest of the family has their costumes. Even the little one who is wearing a tiger costume that was worn by his older sister for many years until she grew out of it. This costume was probably one of the best costumes ever purchased because it is high quality and has survived two children and will probably be passed onto grandchildren.

I just need to do some crafting, which I always do with the kids because they love, love, LOVE Halloween.

In a lot of ways I think my family likes Halloween more than Christmas. We get to have all the fun of decorating and going to parties without the stress of gift giving. So in the spirit of Halloween crafting I am searching for spooktacular green ideas.

Here are a few that I found around the web:

from the Go Green BlogThe Go Green Blog has a list of six green Halloween crafts complete with tutorials. You’ll find egg carton bats, an egg carton spider, milk jug pumpkin, paper plate pumpkin masks, a ghost windsock and a toilet paper roll bat.

cat made from laundry soap bottle

Green Halloween has several green crafts including this bejeweled black cat that I made. I know several people will complain about the spray paint but if you use Krylon’s low VOC paint it’s a little more eco than if you use regular spray paint. Just be sure to sand the plastic a little bit so it sticks better.

They also have a tutorial for a tin can luminary that is quite fab.

from has a huge assortment of Halloween crafts and several have an eco slant like these cute treat jars. Just grab a glass jar or two from your recycling bin to create them.

made from card board toilet paper rollsHere’s an idea found right here on CAGW. These toilet paper roll favor boxes are perfect for your neighborhood Halloween party.

What about you? What are your fun and crafty ideas for a green Halloween?

Written by Wenona Napolitano

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book.

She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible.

Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and


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