The statistics are shocking – across the UK more than 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins and seven million Halloween costumes will be binned next week.
In weight terms, those Halloween outfits are the same as 83 million coke bottles or 240 four tonne elephants if that’s easier to imagine.
And that does’t even include the millions of plastic toys, lanterns, devil horns etc that will be used. In the next few days we will spend well over £300 million on Halloween stuff.
But that’s enough of the bad news – here’s what you can do about it.
Let’s start with those seven million plus outfits – according to the Fairyland Trust 83% of them are made out of plastic.
One suggestion is to talk to your friends and swap outfits that were used last year. Why spend money when almost the exact same outfit may be lying in a wardrobe near you. The playground as you wait to pick your kids up is the perfect location for a spooky outfit swap.
If that’s not possible then raid your local charity shop. Slightly oversize clothes work well for scary outfits – choose autumn colours and jazz up with gold accessories.
An old evening dress combined with a pair of wellies and some kind of head gear gives a good Halloween look. A hat is always a good addition – the more unusual the better. Stick a couple of feathers and leaves in it – that’s always a bit worrying.