Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Halloween costumes and the environment

What is Halloween

Halloween is a festival celebrated on the night of every 31st of October. Kids (and adults in the more "adult" type of activities) take part in activities like trick-or-treating, visiting "haunted houses", costume parties, Halloween festivals, bonfires, visiting "haunted houses" and viewing horror films, etc. Halloween is derived from the Pagan festival Samhain which is celebrated by the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain. When Irish and Scottish migrated to the United States of America in the late twentieth century, they carried the festival to North America in the nineteenth century. Some western countries also followed suit. Halloween is not celebrated in Asia, South America, Africa, obviously not in the Middle East. It is not widely celebrated in Australia where it is celebrated as Guy Fawkes Day on the 5th of November.

It is the time when people buy Halloween costumes, accessories and decorations from online merchants like Halloween Costumes and Decorations Store. Popular with children are costumes like Superman Costumes and now with this craze with Harry Potter, Harry Potter Costumes.

Halloween and the Environment

The big question for us is, what to do with the Halloween costume after the festival? Children grows up and out of their Halloween costume. What do they do with them? Throw them away? I hope not. Maybe you can follow what Enviroman Says (click BACK button to get back to this page) and freecycle your undersized children's Halloween costume away. There is also a site Recycling Database: recycle Halloween costumes. I think the proper word for that program is REUSE, not recycle. There, you can donate to charity for another person to use or donate to schools as props/costumes for school plays. Please keep those things out of the dump site. Maybe that environmentally friendly action will even keep Halloween Costumes and Decorations Store happy, for then they get another go at getting another order for a new costume from you.

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Maya said...

Hi Enviroman,

In the Philippines, Halloween is more of visiting our dead.

We have made reuse of clothing a business opportunity for some and a relief for the huge chunk of the population who cannot afford to buy new clothing. Ukay-ukay, as we call them here in Davao are stalls selling heaps and heaps of used clothing from neighboring Asian countries and from the Americas. One has to literally swim through these heaps to select choice items which can be had at a very low price. Ukay means to dig.

Enviroman said...

Hi Maya,

Nice surprise to see you visiting my environmental blog. Used clothings a business in Phillipines? Let me give you some hopefully useful tip. I am part of the Freecycle movement, in this case, Freecycle Petaling Jaya where you can get stuff, including clothes, for free. Get some contacts in US where this is most active to collect stuff you can sell in the Phillipines. However, don't know if if is viable thoug, with collecting small lots of items, transport for collection, shipping, etc. Maybe start your own Freecycle PManila group or whatever, and gget your stuff from there. But I doubt you can get much free stuff that way in Phillipines, unlike US.

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