Besides candies and treats, one of the best things about Halloween is that you get to be someone for a night, you always fantasize to be. And surprisingly, adults love dressing up at Halloween with the same enthusiasm like any other children. However, Halloween can also turn into a wasteful night as most of us fritter too much money on purchasing expensive costumes and getup that are only worn once and then are later trashed. So this Halloween, we suggest that instead of increasing the environmental impact with plastics and fabrics, use recyclable materials to design your Halloween costume.
Using recyclable materials for designing your own Halloween style comes with its own advantages. Firstly, it saves you from squandering big bucks on expensive costumes, secondly, creating your own eco-friendly fashion is extremely easy and absolute fun, and lastly, it also helps to reduce the environmental imbalance. Here are fifteen amazing recyclable Halloween costumes to get you started with your own unique look!
1. Be headless this Halloween!
This scary Marie Antoinette costume doesn’t only look amazing, but making it at home is really easy. You will need an old mannequin, some pillow, long stuffed socks, gloves, glue and fabric to make this Halloween costume. Once you have your stitching done, cling and rest the costume on your shoulders and secure it with some safety pins. To finish the look, dress your partner (if any) as a miserable bourgeois with his eyes plucked out and your pair will certainly receive tons of compliments.
2. WALL-E Halloween look
Everyone wants to try a WALL-E costume. And if you love it as well, you could make it at your home instead of spending money on a ready made costume. This homemade WALL-E costume is made out of old computer boxes, foam rubber and other packaging materials . When you have your resources available, all you have to do is measure the design of your WALL-E, cut it measurably and then paint it naturally in gray and yellow with a WALL-E tag.
3. The recyclable witch costume
What could be more basic than a witch costume? And thanks to Lizette Greco, who showed us the way to develop a classic witch costume into a pretty Eco-friendly design. You could also make a trendy witch costume just like Lizette, all you need is some papier-mâché, some wire and a cork. The supporting frog, rat and spider are also handmade from other recyclable materials and fabrics. You could purchase the material for your crafty witch hat from a thrifty store. The design is based on children’s artwork and will perfectly complement your scary Halloween style.
4. The crocodile costume
Trying to make a deadly crocodile costume? Then, take inspiration from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. They made this creative costume from a cardboard box, tissue paper, some butcher paper and some glue or tape. To get in-depth knowledge on how to cut, fold and tape your crocodile to fit your figure, you should first develop a blue print of your costume and take ideas from there. Team your Halloween costume with an old clock and dress your friend like Captain Hook or Peter Pan to show off your extremely creative theme duo.
5. The samurai costume
Do you believe that you can make some incredible Halloween costume out of trash can? Now you will, and all the credit goes to the flicker user, kudzutech. The classic samurai costume is entirely handmade from Rubbermaid 32- gallon garbage cans and some rubber stoppers that were used to secure the ends. The tough end look of the costume will help you look real and natural all the way.
6. The Umbrella bat costume
Bats are beneficiary for our natural ecosystems, but unfortunately their population is constantly decreasing due to increased pollution and habitat loss. However, if you love this winged mammals, you can dress up like an umbrella bat. This homemade, recyclable bat costume is made by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories and is only made form an old umbrella and a hooded sweat shirt, besides other complementary sources such as needles, pins, threads, scissors and bolt cutters.
7. When Mermaid get caught by a pirate
Mermaids have always allured us with their amazing half fish- half human figure and if you wish to portray this whimsical character this Halloween, you can easily create the costume at home. This costume is made out of Styrofoam cooler, old dumped clothes, cardboard, foam wig head, a backpack and some flourishes from local costume shop. The costume is then teamed up with a scary pirate from behind. If you are not trying a theme duo, you can rest an artificial pirate cardboard cutout behind your shoulder.
8. The hamburger costume
Dress up like a hamburger and invite others to get trapped in your Halloween temptation! This stunning, knit hamburger dress is created by Joy Kampia O’Shell. You can also opt for a dowdy sundae dress or an ice cream dress or even a mouthwatering crocheted doughnut necklace, if you are vegetarian or don’t love to dress in artificial meat.
9. The mutant cyborg costume
Turn heads with this one of a kind mutant cyborg costume, which is designed by Sydney, Australia based Don Pezzano. He is already a well-established name for making exquisite sculptures, digital compositions and paintings. This creepy looking cyborg is made out of scrap foam core, old wire and other recyclable waste materials. The hanging wires and amazing lighting work on the costume make it look more scary and impressive.
10. The postmodern robot costume
New Mexico based user chaintool created this impressively detailed postmodern robot costume. He only used crutches, football shoulder pads and some laundry detergent bottles and making this costume cost him less than $1. To make your robot look more lively, use a rubber based finish as it will flex with the plastic effortlessly.
11. The creepy ring costume
Halloween’s costume is incomplete without amalgamation of horror and scary outfits. And if you are looking for something creepy and obnoxious, nothing is better than imitating the ring girl. This ring costume is made from trashed recyclable material, a 50s inspired white dress and of course, some deadly makeup around the face and on the arms. To complete the look you need a fake hair extension to define your creepiness more precisely.
12. The coke can birdman costume
To make this intimidating birdman costume, you will need the following supplies- a steel wire, at least 80 soda cans and a little duct tape. Adrian, the creator of the costume, seemed inspired by bottle caps and coke cans as he used caps all over his costume for detailing the design.
13. The commando costume
The editor at Volume One, Mike Paulus came up with his own idea of Halloween costume and he kept it courageous with an incredible looking commando costume. The costume has not been experimented with a lot and the look is only made sturdy through mud and black paint. If you have a trashed commando costume lying inside your wardrobe, simply put it on and cinch a handkerchief around your head to complete your commando look. The good thing about this costume is that you don’t need to struggle hard while dressing up and it will only take 15-20 minutes to have your look done.
14. The kid’s samurai costume
Samurai remains the top favorite Halloween costume in the Japanese community. To show discipline and loyalty through your children, dress your kid like an old Japanese samurai. To construct this cool warrior’s armor, use cardboard boxes with an opened or peeled out section to depict corrugation. To make the stylish origami helmet, use old calendar, scissor, tape, stapler and water color. With simple techniques of folding and cutting, you can easily create this recycled samurai costume and it is granted that your kid will love his old feudal Japanese warrior look.
15. Recyclable Mr. Baby man costume
The New York City based art photographer, Phillip Toledano designed this creepy yet grotesque Mr. Baby man costume. Whether you love children or not, if you come dressed in this beautiful costume, your Halloween style will certainly become the focal point of conversation among your friends. This costume is entirely made from the cast-off toys (and we are sure, if you have children, you will definitely find plenty of them). You can also pull off this idea by sewing vintage stuffed animals or toy cars instead of using only similar styled toys. To make your costume look more ironic and awe- inspiring, you could also use hard toy weaponry around your bodice.