Last Minute Eco Halloween Decor for Your Spooky House!!

2009 Halloween

Guest Post by Ellie Smith

If you are planning on having a party or a small get together this Halloween then obviously you’ll be thinking about preparing your house to suit. Instead of buying plastic decorations that will only languish in a landfill after the Halloween celebrations get creative and use everyday extras to spook your place out. You’ll save money and have more fun making your own scary (or just silly) decor.

If you have a traditional house with hardwood flooring and wooden beams this will set a great canvas already, aiding the mysterious and eerie atmosphere. You can build on this using recyclable materials and handmade creations. If your house is newer, turning the lights down, and covering the walls with dark-colored sheets can lend more atmosphere.


(Super) Natural Lanterns

Light your room naturally by carving out a pumpkin (or several) and lighting it on the porch, front steps, or in a window. You can be as creative as you like with these, see this site for great ideas. Light dark coloured, organic beeswax candles and burn intense sticks to add to the ambience and mood.

Wicked Windows

Paint recycled newspaper black and use it to black out your windows, placing it next to each other in a collage formation. This will create a haunted house effect and darken the lighting of the whole of your house. You can also drape glittery string or white silly string over them to create spider webs, adding to the spooky Halloween atmosphere.


Ghoulish, Ghastly, Ghosts

A quick and simple idea is to take unused tampons and turn them into ghostly decor. I’m not kidding! By simply flaring out the edges of the tampon and attaching googly eyes you can achieve a quick result in seconds. Hang them around the house with the already attached and most convenient piece of string.

Horrible Halloween Tree

Christmas is not the only time to display a tree, so add it to your spooky theme. You can make the tree out of organic fabric such as hemp or recycled Polyester. Another option would be to buy a real eco friendly Christmas tree and decorate it with spooky and ghastly hand crafts. Hang glow-sticks off the tree to provide natural lighting or place a witch’s hat on the top instead of an angel or a star.


Batty Black Bats

This one’s a classic! Recycled egg cartons can be turned into all sorts on wonderful objects. Use yours to create bats by attaching black card to either side of the carton. Paint the whole thing black with poster paint and attach pipe cleaners and red fabric to create scary spiders.

Anti Vampire Light bulbs (No Energy Sucking Here!)

A simple and cheap idea- change your light bulbs to energy saving bulbs! OK, this isn’t so scary, but you will save energy and money so you can buy….more candy!

Scarecrow Festival . Monmouth Beach . New Jersey

Creepy Recycled Scarecrow

Take your old clothes and stuff them with leaves and twigs or newspaper to create a creepy looking scarecrow. You can even stain the old clothes with tea and coffee to create a natural rustic look. This saves on plastic and helps you recycle your clothes in a way that you may never have thought of!

Solar-Powered Zombie

If you’re looking to theme the outside of your house but don’t want to burn electricity, place an eco zombie outside the door and give your visitors an eco friendly scare. The Zombie holds a lantern that is purely powered by solar energy so that you are not running off the mains and wasting power.

Have a Happy (Green) Halloween!!

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.