Will you make your own costume this Halloween?


25th October 2019

A SHOCKING new report has found that up to seven million Halloween costumes and masks are thrown away each year after being worn just once.

The report, released by nature charity Fairyland Trust, looked at the UK’s 19 biggest costume-selling retailers, including Tesco, Amazon and Argos.

They found that on average, 83% of the materials used in Halloween costumes are oil-based plastics.

This would mean that together, the seven million binned costumes would create around 2,079 tonnes of plastic waste. That’s the same weight as 83 million Coca-Cola bottles!

The charity also found that the real plastic footprint of Halloween is probably much larger than was found in the survey, since it didn’t include all the plastic toys and food packaging that is specifically produced for Halloween.

Sarah Wise from the Fairyland Trust says there are plenty of ways to dress up without having to use plastic: “Raid your old wardrobes or local charity shops for costumes! Old curtains can easily become a witch or wizard’s cloak, or simply cut jagged edges off old T-shirts to create an elf’s tunic or a torn zombie outfit.”

Will you make your own costume this Halloween?


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asbml · 6 months ago

No but I also won't buy one because my family won't celebrate Halloween this year.
I've also got last year's costume to use if we are going to celebrate.

pandaworld · 6 months ago

My family doesn't celebrate Halloween but I usually go trick or treating!

pandaworld · 6 months ago

I'm not going this year though!

fishgirl2 · 6 months ago

Yes I definitely will.
I’m going to be a vampire 🧛‍♀️

kidgamer · 5 months ago

I dont celebrate Halloween 😢😢

cleverclog · 5 months ago

I don't celebrate Halloween so...

squish123 · 5 months ago

My mum always makes costumes for us using our old clothes but we also keep using an old costume that she brought for us years ago.

crimson · 5 months ago

I just fix my old costume and wear it

kkyellow · 5 months ago

yeeeeeeessssssssss im gonna be a cat a black cat

tinytim · 5 months ago


jacreeves · 5 months ago

My parents don't let me go trick or treating so I don't really wear costumes for Halloween. Any costumes we do use are re-used. I think it is a great idea for people to use old clothing and materials to make Halloween costumes.

rosy · 5 months ago

i will because i always do so......

rosy · 5 months ago

i’m being a minecraft enderman

miaowsooty · 5 months ago

I am just wearing my cat onzie and a tail that I wear every year

flodo · 5 months ago

I just wear my old spider light up tights with a denim skirt on top 🧛🏻‍♂️

enderboy · 5 months ago

I always make my own costumes! This year I’m being an enderman from Minecraft

swace · 5 months ago

No. I keep the same one each year, until I don't fit in it. Some people love Halloween, and buy a new costume every year, which I think is a waste as the plastic that comes with it ends up elsewhere.

delealli · 5 months ago

Yes cos all I need to do is violate a sheet and drop it over my head😂

naidazari8 · 5 months ago

Yes I made a vampire cape last year and have some regular clothes to wear under it

catheaven · 5 months ago

I normally go as a 🐱 cat.(hence my username!) I paint my face black and fashion a headband to have cat ears on it by cutting fabric in ear shapes and super gluing them on. Then I wear black clothes. There is how to make an easy Halloween costume! Save the planet 🌍 people!

ellitibble · 5 months ago

Yes I will because I don't want to be wasteful.

lilpenguin · 5 months ago

Why would you just throw away a perfectly good halloween costume!?

rollersk8t · 5 months ago

I am not a big dresser upper for Halloween but if I was, I would try to make one. And if it goes wrong and looks terrible, hey it's Halloween! We aren't meant to look perfect!

gogogirl09 · 5 months ago

yes i always make my own costumes!

spacegirlg · 5 months ago

I’m using a bat costume we already have! Put it with some black leggings and T-shirt then, BOOM! A bat!

omangion · 5 months ago

I am going to a Halloween party that you don't wear costumes. When I do go to party's that you wear costumes, i always keep mine for my younger brothers or put them in the charity shop.

xtumblingx · 5 months ago

I will not as I already bought my costume and Will wear the items again before throwing them away because it is a dress!

zebra10 · 5 months ago

I am not celabrating halloween this year. But past years my family have and very occasionally we will buy a mask or somthing but we have not bourght a whole costume in 11 years. We have a dressing up box with some witch dresses and stuff but otherwise we just use dark clothes and cloaks and adapt them slightly.

loli-pop · 5 months ago

my mum uses me as a model, showing of what she made in just 1 MONTH! her needle goes FLASH ! FLASH! FLASH! . i can never see the needle cos of how fast she is moving it!

wookie123 · 5 months ago

We aren’t buying costumes but we won’t make one either

dodge7 · 5 months ago

Mum made mine 2 years ago.

fox64 · 5 months ago

I am not going to, however I have one I've used for the past 3 years, (!) so I won't be wasting plastic. (hopefully)!!!

ballet2006 · 5 months ago

Yes I have made my Halloween costume I'm going as a haunted hula girl

rubikspark · 5 months ago

I am going as Team Rocket from Pokemon and i am making it myself!
It is finished now!

w3bb · 5 months ago

No because I do not like Halloween so will not need one.😉

catfan123 · 5 months ago

I didn’t, but I did use my old onesie!

theboy7 · 5 months ago

I'm just covering a box in tin foil and calling it a robot

anju-fnews · 5 months ago

If you want to save the planet and be eco-friendly during Halloween then re-use or make a Halloween costume .

kittens23 · 5 months ago

I am ALWAYS a cat. Paint face, black clothes, cat ears............ DONE! Easy as that.

oceangirl · 5 months ago

No but I am reusing mine from last year

5honypony · 5 months ago

Sadly, no, but I am borrowing a costume from my friend, who bought it.

mktc.07 · 5 months ago

No, In my household we use hand me downs and reuse old costumes.

samcan · 4 months ago

no but I'll reuse mine

toffeedogs · 4 months ago

We used to do Halloween and always made our costumes. But we don’t celebrate Halloween anymore so...

sandwichbo · 4 months ago

I make my own by using every day clothes and going as a book character

bamboomilk · 3 months ago

No. Only coz I can't (I don't know how to). :)

lindawalla · 1 month ago

No I always buy my costume or reuse them!

redrubyguy · 2 weeks ago

No. The ones for sale are far better quality.