Look No Further! 3 Gorgeous, Easy & Sustainable DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

October 16, 2017

These 3 DIY Halloween Costumes Are Sustainable And AdorableIt’s tempting, this time of year, to trek to the local Halloween store and buy a pre-made costume. I wouldn’t blame you if you did: it’s convenient and fun.

The only problem is that Halloween costumes and their related accessories are some of the least ethical and sustainable things you can buy:

  1. Almost everything is plastic or polyester based, and therefore not biodegradable.
  2. Materials are low quality, which means they won’t last over several seasons.
  3. One word: sweatshops.
  4. Costumes are heavily trend driven, so chances are you won’t even want to wear your costume again.
  5. The costume industry is chock full of cultural appropriation and general bigotry. My local store is currently carrying a “Mexican” outfit, numerous “Indian Chief” costumes, and a child’s Robert E. Lee costume.

Basically, it’s best to stay as far away as possible from commercialized, “fast fashion” Halloween and do it yourself. Here are my recommendations for some DIY Halloween costumes you can put together yourself using versatile, ethical clothing.

Fox Costume

DIY Halloween Costumes - Fox

Elegantees Dress | Fair Indigo Leggings | Ears via Etsy

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Do It Yourself Fox Ears

Black Cat Costume

Elegantees Tunic | Boody Wear Leggings | Beanie via Etsy

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No Sew DIY Cat Beanie
DIY Knitted Cat Hat

Fairy Costume

Symbology Dress | EcoStardust Biodegradable Glitter | Wings via Etsy

More Resources:
DIY Fairy Wings

Which one of these are you excited to rock? Or do you have your own sustainable DIY Halloween costume ideas? 😀

Also by Leah: Sustainable Lifestyle Isn’t Just For Rich People. Why This Is For #AllOfUs

Related: These Eco-Chic Ways To Celebrate Halloween Will Get You In The Mood, STAT

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Leah is the founder of Style Wise, a space to celebrate, discuss, and discover fair trade and sustainable fashion. She lives in Central Virginia with her grad student husband and their super cute pet rats, Mercury and Pilumnus. Follow Leah on Instagram @stylewiseblog.


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