39 million people in the UK are expected to dress up for Halloween this year, spending a total of £510 million on costumes alone! With 7 million Halloween costumes ending up in the bin last year, save yourself some time and money this Halloween - see below for 5 ways to dress to kill this year without spooking the planet.

1) Skeleton in the closet?

What’s more ghoulish than bringing an outfit back from the dead? Recycling an outfit or using something you already have in the cupboard is a winning alternative to buying a Halloween outfit in store. Get old school spooky and patch your costume together from things you already have in the house. In no time at all weird wardrobe finds, cardboard and paint can be transformed into unique outfits.

Here are some quick and easy step by step guides to making a bat and skeleton costume as instructed by the marvellous Mum In The Madhouse. See full making instructions and guides for a cat, ghost and wizard here.

2) Share the magic with a Halloween costume swap

Do a costume swap with friends or through a local Facebook group, community centre or school. Bring out that outfit from last year and exchange for a new one. If you're in and around London between 22nd - 27th October, we're hosting some costume swaps with North London Waste Authority, see what's on and book a free ticket here.

3) Don’t be a sweaty monster

Opt for a costume in a natural fabric and avoid nylon, polyester and viscose. That way you’ll have a comfier/less sweaty Halloween and be safe in the knowledge your costume won’t take ages to biodegrade.

4) Paint yourself scary

You can pick up non-toxic, cruelty free face paint super cheap from most fancy dress shops and create amazing looks for almost any outfit you can imagine. YouTube has some great tutorials and when you wash the paint off you’ll be waste free!

5) Share your DIY costume with #SewSpooky to let others in on your crafty tips.

This campaign is funded by North London Waste Authority and brought to you by Hubbub.

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