No-new Plastic Home-made Fancy Dress Competitition

Some of the winners in the 2018 children’s category
The No-new Plastic Home-made Fancy Dress Competition which proved very popular in 2018 is back for 2019.  We hope you’ll enter!  It’s free to take part and there are adult and children’s categories. Plus prizes (details to be announced). 

A line up in the adults category

Last year’s crowd – it takes place in the Performance Tent after the Veg o Lantern awards (about 4.30pm Saturday and 3.30pm Sunday)


3-8 years old

8-12 years old

adult (13 years old and up)

Judging and prize-giving will be at 1.45pm in the Performance Tent.

Anyone can enter in any costume but if you want to win, what we are looking for is:

  1. Costumes that are homemade.
  2. No new plastic bought to make your costume, not even a button (plastic here includes polyester, nylon, acrylic).
  3. If buying  new materials  please buy natural ones ( cotton, wool, wood,  felt, hessian) or use feathers, leaves, berries etc.
  4. Better still reuse and upcycle  charity shop or old clothes (even if it includes plastic, e.g fake fur is usually polyester).
  5. Do not use any glitter* but body/facepaint is fine.

This still leaves masses of possibilities – have a look at our Dressing Up page for more inspiration.

Why this emphasis on non-plastic? 

Because as you may know, we’ve been trying for years to get away from the commercialism and plastic-waste generating aspects many events and in the last few years it has become increasingly evident that we all have a huge problem with plastic, including ‘hidden’ plastic in clothing.  Essentially plastic is not recyclable in the same way that say aluminium or glass is, and loads of what is sent-for-recycling ends up as waste, becoming micro-plastic pollution, or at best, getting incinerated.

*Avoiding Glitter Pollution

We’ve designed-out glitter from Workshops and used other things for magical highlights. See more at Cutting Out The Plastic.

At the Fancy Dress Competition – The Real Halloween 2018

Read about our investigation into plastic waste generated from Halloween costumes here: The Scariest Thing About Halloween is Plastic.

(Our 2018 graphic was viewed more than a million times on Facebook!)




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