DIY with what you already have at home (e.g., boxes, bed sheets, etc.) or can find outside (e.g., fallen leaves, cones, twigs and branches). Store these to reuse year after year.
Use locally made beeswax or soy candles to light rooms, stairs and carved pumpkins. Conventional candles are made from paraffin wax, which comes from petroleum, coal or oil shale and can be toxic. Pop them in painted recycled glass jars for a haunting ambiance.
Decorate with solar-powered lanterns that charge during the day and light up at night.
Pumpkins are edible! Choose one that’s organic and/or local if possible (U-pick is a good idea and often supports local farmers). Scoop out the seeds and roast them in the oven. Pumpkin flesh can also be eaten, but only eat the parts recovered from carving while the pumpkin is still fresh. Make cakes, pies, muffins, soups — even pumpkin-spiced lattes! Check out these scrappy cooking tips!
After Halloween, compost your vegetable art.