Non-Toxic Halloween: Ideas for Healthier, Greener, Costumes

Non Toxic Halloween

Zombies, vampires, Kim Kardashian – Halloween costumes can be scary. Even scarier is what is in some of the face paints you find at your local store. True Goods points out a few:

  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): potential carcinogenic petroleum ingredient used in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease. PEG adjusts the melting point and thickens products.
  • Propylene Glycol (PG) + Butylene Glycol: used as antifreeze, this gaseous hydrocarbon penetrates the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. Both propylene and butylene glycol are used in cosmetics as humectants to bind moisture and hold water to the skin. Both are associated with brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.
  • FD&C Color Pigments: synthetic colors made from coal tar contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins into the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Studies have shown that synthetic colors are linked to hyperactivity in children and cancer.


But your son wants to be a Ninja Turtle and your daughter wants mermaid hair and what’s an eco-conscious mom to do? True Goods, a toxin-free marketplace, offers Glob Colors Natural Face Paint Set, the only natural, non-nano face paint available, made with botanical extracts, natural colors, and organic ingredients in sustainable packaging. No artificial dyes or harsh chemicals. 

All Natural Face Paint
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Don’t have time to order because you have a party THIS weekend? You can make your own face paint at home! SAF Baby has a recipe and Modern Parents Messy Kids tried out an even easier recipe {which uses food coloring so it’s not as natural but better than some store bought stuff}

What about that mermaid hair? If make-up is full of chemicals what’s in that colored hairspray? Club Chica Circle has instructions on how to DIY hair chalk that will color your hair for a day…or longer, depending on the color of your hair. I’m thinking about trying it myself as my purple hair is almost gone.

While we’re on the DIY eco-friendly Halloween topic you can also save the planet (and some money) on Halloween costumes too! Of course you can shop resale and one of our favorites, Green Kids, still has lots of costumes.

Resale Halloween Costumes
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If you have toddlers our friends at Rookie Moms made it easy for you with a list of costume ideas from pajamas! Easy and reusable!

Turning hoodies into costumes is also a fast and easy DIY for babies and toddlers. Last year we turned a gray fleece sweatsuit into a wolf costume with a few pieces of felt:

DIY BIg Bad Wolf

Now I hand sewed all the pieces on because I could but you could easily hot glue it too. His sister wore a dress she owned with a red riding hood cape from our dress up (that we got at a resale event years ago). Viola! Little Red Riding hood and the big bad wolf.

What are your ideas for more eco-friendly costumes? Share them in the comments!

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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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