R.I.P. (Recycled in Peace) Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner and we’re gearing up to find creative ways to celebrate this year while the COVID-19 pandemic affects communities around the world.

At the present time, the City of Winnipeg has been elevated to a Restricted (Orange) status within the Province of Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System. This means that all indoor and outdoor public gatherings have been reduced to a maximum of ten people in addition to other restrictions (see the City of Winnipeg website for more information here).

It’s still uncertain how these restrictions will impact Halloween festivities this year, especially door-to-door Trick o’ Treating. Regardless of the uncertainty, I have walked by a few houses in my neighbourhood that have begun to decorate their homes and front yards for Halloween.

Decorating for Halloween is half the fun and I think it’s great that people are still planning to decorate their homes even if there is a possibility that door-to-door Trick o’ Treating may be cancelled. Decorations can be put on display in windows or on doorsteps for the viewing pleasure of people walking or driving by.

With that in mind, I have decided to compile a list of Halloween décor ideas that you can do at home with the kids to gear them up for the Spirit of Halloween!

But before you flock to the Dollar Store to buy cheap plastic decorations that contribute to the earth’s growing environmental waste concern, take a look in your recycling bin first. You’d be surprised to learn about all the amazing things that you can make from recyclables, including milk jugs, aluminum cans, and toilet paper rolls.

So rather than spooking the Earth with more waste and junk that will overflow her landfills and oceans, make it a R.I.P. (Recycled in Peace) Halloween instead.

25 R.I.P. (Recycled in Peace) Halloween Décor Ideas

1. Keep those 4L milk jugs and light up your walkway or doorstep with these cute Milk Carton Ghost Luminaries by Third Stop on the Right.

Credit: Milk Carton Ghost Luminaries by Third Stop on the Right

2. Don’t have any milk jugs? Raid your recycling bin for other plastic containers, such as empty condiment jars, plastic nut containers, or coffee cans to make these Halloween Luminaries by Organized 31.

Credit: Halloween Luminaries by Organized 31

3. If you have some acrylic paint lying around, peel the label off the aluminum cans, such as soup or pasta sauce cans, and paint them various colours. Then paint eyes, noses, and/or mouths to make Halloween faces, such as Jack o’ Lanterns, ghosts, monsters, mummies, black cats, etc. You don’t have to be an expert painter to make these spooky Halloween Aluminum Cans by Red Ted Art.

Credit: Halloween Aluminum Cans by Red Ted Art

4. If you don’t care for spooky Halloween décor, make these Junkin’ Aluminum Can Pumpkins by Creative Green Living instead.

Credit: Junkin’ Aluminum Can Pumpkins by Creative Green Living

5. Use large plastic or aluminum coffee cans to make these Halloween Coffee Can Luminaries by Bryans Workshop.

Credit: Halloween Coffee Can Luminaries by Bryans Workshop

6. With a little orange, black and green paint, you can turn your empty wine bottles into these Wine Bottle Jack o’ Lanterns by Fungus Amungus.

Credit: Wine Bottle Jack o’ Lanterns by Fungus Amungus

7. If hard liquor is your preference, save your empty liquor bottles to make these Liquor Bottle Pumpkins by Sadie Seasongoods.

Credit: Liquor Bottle Pumpkins by Sadie Seasongoods

8. Have you switched from an old-fashioned coffee maker with a basket to a one-cup coffee maker, such as a Keurig or Tassimo, but still have some leftover coffee filters stashed away in a cupboard? Make these Coffee Filter Ghosts by Fun Littles and hang them in your windows.

Credit: Coffee Filter Ghosts by Fun Littles

9. Keep it simple by adding googly eyes and black electrical tape to paper towel rolls to make these Paper Towel Roll Ghosts by Its Written on the Wall. Once Halloween has come and gone, simply remove the googly eyes and tape and use the paper towels as needed.

Credit: Paper Towel Roll Ghosts by Its Written on the Wall

10. Save the cardboard tubes from your toilet paper and paper towel rolls to make this Spooky Halloween Mansion by TTS Group.

Credit: Spooky Halloween Mansion by TTS Group

11. Haunt the Spooky Halloween Mansion that you made above with Toilet Paper Roll Mummies by Glue Sticks and Gumdrops.

Credit: Toilet Paper Roll Mummies by Glue Sticks and Gumdrops

12. Cut up a cardboard egg carton to make cute Egg Carton Halloween Characters by The Best Ideas for Kids.

Credit: Egg Carton Halloween Characters by The Best Ideas for Kids

13. If you have a few extra mason jars lying around, or even some empty glass jars in your recycling bin, make these Halloween Painted Mason Jars by Landeelu as a table centerpiece for your Halloween party. You could even use them to hide some of your children’s hard-earned Trick o’ Treating candy to satisfy your own sweet tooth.

Credit: Halloween Painted Mason Jars by Landeelu

14. Transform some vintage mason jar lid rings and a little orange spray paint into this Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin by Surviving the Stores. Cinderella won’t be the only one left with a pumpkin after midnight.

Credit: Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin by Surviving the Stores

15. Let’s go beyond the recycling bin and raid your ever-growing craft stash for some yarn to make these cute Ghost Tassels by My Name is Snickerdoodle. Hang them hang from your window frame or use them to make bookmarks to hold your place when the spooky book you’re reading gets too frightening after dark.

Credit: Ghost Tassels by My Name is Snickerdoodle

16. On your next grocery shop, pick up a few squash and gourds, such as a butternut squash and small pumpkins, and make a cute, non-spooky squash family from Your DIY Family’s tutorial, (Not So) Spooky Painted Pumpkin Family. Afterwards, harvest the seeds from your pumpkins to roast and cook your butternut squash into a fantastic butternut squash soup.

Credit: (Not So) Spooky Painted Pumpkin Family by Your DIY Family

17. Not all recyclables are found in the recycle bin. On your next walk, pick up a few dried leaves from the ground and paint them white to make these adorable Ghost Leaves by Growing a Jeweled Rose.

Credit: Ghost Leaves by Growing a Jeweled Rose

18. While you’re outside gathering leaves, gather a few pinecones as well to make a cute Witchy Pinecone Owl by All Free Kids Crafts.

Credit: Witchy Pinecone Owl by All Free Kids Crafts

19. Don’t you hate it when you turn on the light switch and the light bulb burns out with a pop and sizzle? After you’ve recovered from your fright and changed out the burnt light bulb for a new one, save the burnt light bulb and spray paint it orange to make a cute little Light Bulb Pumpkin by Dukes & Duchesses.

Credit: Light Bulb Pumpkin by Dukes & Duchesses

20. Take a look around your garage or shed. I bet you’ll find all kinds of scrap wood that you don’t know what do with. Try painting them and make a few Scrap Wood Pumpkins like in this tutorial by Re-Fabbed.

Credit: Scrap Wood Pumpkins by Re-Fabbed

21. If you have a couple of old metal bundt pans collecting dust in your cupboards that you inherited from your grandmother or an elderly relative and don’t use them to make cakes, repurpose them into this lovely Upcycled Bundt Pan Pumpkin by The Ticking Heart.

Upcycled Bundt Pan 'Pumpkin' Tutorial, The Ticking Heart
Credit: Upcycled Bundt Pan Pumpkin by The Ticking Heart

22. Do you have a lonely vintage pot lid lying around in your cupboards that no longer has a partner? Transform it into this Repurposed Pot Lid Jack o’ Lantern by Dukes and Duchesses.

Credit: Repurposed Pot Lid Jack o’ Lantern by Dukes and Duchesses

23. If you have an abundance of wine glasses in your cupboard that you no longer use, transform them into these cute Halloween Wine Glass Candle Holders by The Keeper of the Cheerios.

Credit: Halloween Wine Glass Candle Holders by The Keeper of the Cheerios

24. If you’re hosting a Halloween party, make these awesome Halloween Candy Jars by A Pumpkin & a Princess and fill them with all kinds of sweet Halloween treats.

Credit: Halloween Candy Jars by A Pumpkin & a Princess

25. Finally, set up this spooky Candy Bowl Holder by Sadie Seasongoods near the front door on Halloween night to hold the goodie treat bags you’ll be handing out to Trick o’ Treaters who come to your door.

Credit: Candy Bowl Holder by Sadie Seasongoods

Bonus:

Give a “hand” to Trick o’ Treaters with these freaky Monster Hand Halloween Treat Bags by The Ticking Heart.

Credit: Monster Hand Halloween Treat Bags by The Ticking Heart

You may also enjoy these Halloween blog posts by The Ticking Heart:

“Puketacular” Pumpkin Carving

The Raven & the Lost Lenore: A Halloween Costume Design

The Ticking Heart’s Best of Halloween Costumes

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