MSNBC has a great gallery of ideas that will get the whole family in the Halloween spirit.
Think about all the fun costume possibilities that can be created by recycling old clothes, fabrics and other items. Given how much waste is usually associated with those throwaway, store-bought Halloween offerings, this is a great way to reduce the negative impact of the holiday on the environment!
1. Lizette’s crafty witch costume was handmade from recycled fabric (the hat came from a thrift store). The cauldron was made from papier-mâché, wire and cork, and the accompanying frog, rat and spider were handmade.
Lizette and her family handmake a delightful array of plush animals and costumes from recycled and reused materials.
2. Thomas The Train – This boy’s parents crafted an ingenious toy ride for their son, who got to play a train engineer through his neighborhood. The “train” was composed of a borrowed shopping cart, sump pump basin (could be reused), a used window well cover, some cardboard boxes, a cola bottle and some paint, tape and zip ties.
Looks just like the cartoon! Plus, the train makes a good place to store all that Halloween loot.
3. Kids’ Recycled Samurai Costume – Instructables.com user joto2 made this little warrior’s armor from cardboard boxes, with one side peeled off to reveal corrugation. The smart origami helmet was made from an old calendar, with the expert skill and patience of … a samurai (as well as scissors, watercolor, tape and a stapler).