Recycle These Old Items and Make Great Halloween Costumes

The air is crisp, leaves are falling, temps are dwindling, and that means one thing: the Halloween season is right around the corner! Well, did you know that you can make your own Halloween costume using recycled items?

If you are like most of us – the environment-conscious, you might want to DIY a sizzling and dazzling Halloween costume using the following recyclables. 

Check out the step by step guide and ideas below:

Old Denim Shirts/Trousers

Bring out all those denim attires you’ve amassed over the years. Truth be told, you have never worn some of them. With a little ingenuity, you can convert denim into at least three Halloween costumes: Rosie the Riveter, a train engineer or Western-style Sheriff.


Who knew cardboard could be this fabulous? Churn out near-real cardboard warrior mask for your little boy. It’s ideal for Spartan or Gladiator warrior costume.

Two-Liter Soda Bottles

Two-liter soda bottles can be used to make a cool sci-fi jetpack. Mount them to a small piece of cardboard for steadiness and spray-paint them gray. Add a serrated clothe to showcase a flame.

Old Socks

Do you have a bunch of colorful pairs of socks lying around the closet? Stuff them with cotton balls to create amazing octopus legs. Complete the look with a larger one sewn with two buttons for eyes.

Prom Dresses

Sure, you or your daughter looked like an angel in that prom dress that has been sitting in your closet for ages. The beauty of it is that it can become almost any kind of princess dress.

Black Dresses

Any black dress can be converted into a Gothic themed Halloween costume. The bodice can be embellished with red and black rose ribbons.

Milk Jugs

Looking to dress as a fairy tale? Use milk jugs as the base of the wings the cover it with faux leaves and flowers for a classy and whimsical look.

Old Suit Jacket
An old suit jacket is an excellent choice for DIY zombie jacket. Add some make-believe moss for a spooktacular Halloween. You’ll definitely look like someone who has just come out of a grave!

Grocery Bags

This one is a no-brainer for environmentally conscious Halloween fan. From giddy up cowboy to Wall-E and every costume in between, ideas are truly unlimited with grocery bags.

Old Umbrella

An umbrella would make for excellent wings and ear for a bat Halloween costume.

Foam and PVC Pipes
PVC pipe cuts off, and foam core can help you create a gorgeous Scout Trooper Halloween costume. 

Have some fun this Halloween by being creative right out of your closet. Happy Halloween!

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