9 Eco-Friendly Ways to Decorate Your House for Halloween

Hosting a hoard of ghost and goblins for Halloween? No party is complete without spooky decorations, but most of the stuff now crowding the store aisles is made from plastic, toxic paints and synthetic fabrics.

Setting the stage for a scary Halloween party doesn’t require all of this spending and waste. In fact, you can create some truly festive Halloween decorations with stuff you already have lying around the house and have lots of fun doing it!

Invite some friends over for a pre-party craft-making night and bask in the knowledge that most of these 9 eco-friendly Halloween decorations can be recycled or simply dismantled when the holiday is over:

1. Upcycled Egg Carton Bats

Eco-friendly halloween decorations egg carton bat

If you’re an egg eating family, you probably send an egg carton into the recycling bin every week. Save a few, add some non-toxic paint and ribbon, and you’ll have these adorable upcycled bats from Happy Clippings.

2. Thrift-Store Scarecrow

Eco-friendly halloween decorations scarecrow

Scarecrows are the perfect way to dress up your porch or yard, but why spend the money to buy one pre-made? Dig out some unused clothes from your basement (flannel shirts, funny dresses and work jumpers work best) or find some appropriate garments at the local thrift store. Stuff with leaves and other yard waste from your own lawn. Tie off arm and leg openings with string before stuffing into boots and gloves. Once your scarecrow body is properly positioned, top off with a pumpkin head and hat.

3. Upcycled Milk Jug Skeleton

Eco-friendly halloween decorations milk jug skeleton

Gather up seven empty plastic milk jugs and you’ll have the perfect materials for this jolly hanging skeleton from Make Zine.

4. Mini Cheesecloth Ghosts

Eco-friendly halloween decorations mini cheesecloth ghost

Leave it to Martha Stewart to turn every day waste into adorable table decorations. Layers of starched cheesecloth, some used paper towel rolls and a little wire give these little specters their haunting postures. Tutorial here.

5. DIY Halloween Garland

eco-friendly halloween decorations garland

If you have some cardboard or office paper sitting in the recycling bin, this simple Halloween garland from 6ftMama is the perfect way to give it a second life.

6. Mad Scientist Lab

eco-friendly halloween decorations mad scientist lab

Use Mason jars or upcycled pickle, olive and baby food jars to create a mad scientist tablescape. Toss food, animals toys or other strange objects into the jars, fill with water and non-toxic food coloring, and you’ll have a shelf full of freakish Halloween experiments. Check out the tutorial at MoneyCrashers for step-by-step instructions.

7. Mini-Pumpkin Wreath

eco-friendly decorations mini pumpkin wreath

For those who prefer a more classic seasonal look, this mini pumpkin wreath from Armelle Blog is the perfect DIY project. Best of all, it’s easy to disassemble and compost when Halloween’s over.

8. DIY Reusable Halloween Window Decals

eco-friendly halloween decorations reusable window decal

All you need is a roll of recycled paper and some eco-friendly paint to make these super-spooky homemade window silhouettes from Inhabitat. Once the holiday’s over, just roll them up and save for next year.

9. Trash Bag Tarantula

eco-friendly halloween decorations trash bag tarantula

With just a few materials you probably have lying around the house, you can create this creepy crawler from Spoonful for a lawn decoration. Use biodegradable garbage bags, or be very careful not to poke holes, and you can reuse them when Halloween is over.

Images: wwarby, HappyClippings.com, valeriebb, Make Zine, Martha Stewart, Armelle Blog, 6ftmama, paperdollsforboys, Inhabitat, spoonful


Sue H
Sue H3 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

hELEN h23 days ago


Kelly S
Past Member about a year ago

looks good

Sophie C.
Sophie C.3 years ago

love the milk cartoon skeleton!

matt gowty
matt gowty4 years ago

Love the milk bottle skeleton, he would look awesome if you found a way to light him up with a colour.

Carrie-Anne Brown

love the bats :) thanks for sharing

George Volks
George Volks5 years ago

This is such a fun read! I have been wanting to decorate my house but I want to make sure that I do so in an environment friendly manner. This post walked me through some creative ideas of my own.


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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

awesome ideas! thanks

Aileen P.
Aileen P5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Amy M.
Amy M.5 years ago

I especially love the upcycling ideas! The ideas are fun, creative and most can be saved to use year after year. Here are some more ideas for upcycling candy wrappers that I recently researched, since most cannot go into regular recycling bins! http://www.everblue.edu/blog/what-not-recycle-halloween Has anyone tried this?