Eco Themed Costume Ideas (because saving our planet is the thing to do)

We’re a little over a week from Halloween, my favorite holiday. When else can you dress like whoever or whatever you dream of being, whether it be a person in the news like Mitt Romney, or something a little less human like a butterfly, or a hydrogen atom?


Last year for Halloween I wrote a how to article addressing how to celebrate a “Green Halloween”. This year I decided to have fun with the article and decided to put together a list of Eco-themed costumes.  These ideas are great for anyone who wants to do something creative or funny for Halloween but also wants to make a statement.



Crocodile Costume Made of Recyclable Items ;Photo Source : Evil Mad Scientist

1.       Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Captain  Planet is probably the most obvious Eco-themed costume I can think of. For those of you unfamiliar with Captain Planet (did not watch cartoons during the 90’s), Captain Planet was a popular children’s animated series revolving around a blue super hero, Captain Planet, and a  team of diverse teens who use their magic rings to help him take pollution down to zero.

2.       Recycle Bot

Making a robot out of recyclables is an easy, and cheap, costume for anyone who doesn’t have the time or money to put together something elaborate, and the best part is when the night is over all you have to do is sort the pieces into the proper recycling bin instead of putting in the back of your closet never to be worn again like a normal costume.

3.       Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Radioactive waste turned the TMNT into superheroes, most animals that come in contact with radioactive materials aren’t that lucky (See Japanese Mutant Butterfly).

4.       Japanese Mutant Butterfly

I’m not talking about Mothra (though Mothra and Godzilla would make a great eco costume too), I’m talking about the butterflies recently discovered outside of Fukushima, Japan. Which  as a result of  last years radioactive accident have dented eyes and stunted wings.

5.       Snorkeling Polar Bear

In the “future” polar bears will have to take up snorkeling and other tropical water sports like water and jet skiing.  Though this costume is a little extreme, it will get people talking, which is important. 

6.       A Landfill After Halloween

Do you have a bunch of old Halloween costumes and decorations that you don’t know what to do with? Wear them all at once (along with your leftover candy wrappers) to remind people of the negative aftermath of Halloween mass consumerism

7.       Fin Less Shark

ENN’s blog has written a few articles on the plight of our oceans sharks, dress in support of sharks and the shark finning ban by dressing as a shark (dark eyes, large teeth) but leave off the fin. If someone asks you whether if you had a fin, but it fell off, tell them that unfortunately your fin is now in a bowl of soup.

8.       FrankenFood

Many people are worried about the health effects of genetically modified foods. Show your concern (or wonder) by coming up with a frankenfood of your own.

9.   The Lorax

Dr. Seuss’s beloved character the The Lorax “speaks for the trees”, he also starred in his second animated film this past year.

PS. Please share your eco-themed costume ideas in the comments section!

by Maddie Perlman-Gabel

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