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 · 1 year 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 · 1 year ago

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

pandaworld · 1 year ago

I'm not going this year though!

fishgirl2 · 1 year ago

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

kidgamer · 1 year ago

I dont celebrate Halloween 😢😢

cleverclog · 1 year ago

I don't celebrate Halloween so...

squish123 · 1 year 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 · 1 year ago

I just fix my old costume and wear it

kkyellow · 1 year ago

yeeeeeeessssssssss im gonna be a cat a black cat

tinytim · 1 year ago


jacreeves · 1 year 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 · 1 year ago

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

rosy · 1 year ago

i’m being a minecraft enderman

miaowsooty · 1 year ago

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

flodo · 1 year ago

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

enderboy · 1 year ago

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

swace · 1 year 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 · 1 year ago

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

naidazari8 · 1 year ago

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

catheaven · 1 year 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 · 1 year ago

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

lilpenguin · 1 year ago

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

rollersk8t · 1 year 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 · 1 year ago

yes i always make my own costumes!

spacegirlg · 1 year ago

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

omangion · 1 year 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 · 1 year 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 · 1 year 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 · 1 year 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 · 1 year ago

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

dodge7 · 1 year ago

Mum made mine 2 years ago.

fox64 · 1 year 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 · 1 year ago

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

rubikspark · 1 year ago

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

w3bb · 1 year ago

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

catfan123 · 1 year ago

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

theboy7 · 1 year ago

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

anju-fnews · 1 year ago

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

kittens23 · 1 year ago

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

oceangirl · 1 year ago

No but I am reusing mine from last year

5honypony · 1 year ago

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

mktc.07 · 1 year ago

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

samcan · 1 year ago

no but I'll reuse mine

toffeedogs · 1 year ago

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

sandwichbo · 1 year ago

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

bamboomilk · 12 months ago

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

lindawalla · 11 months ago

No I always buy my costume or reuse them!

redrubyguy · 10 months ago

No. The ones for sale are far better quality.

katkid10 · 8 months ago

I have never celebrated Halloween in my life, so nearly 10 years!

panda89 · 4 months ago


piggy9876 · 2 months ago

I make my own every year because I like too

panda89 · 4 weeks ago

yes i made one by ripping up some jeans and T-shirt and painting my face with red paint. Awesome zombie ✔️✔️✔️

It was better than u would think!!!!