This year for the first time, we are running a Fancy Dress Competition at The Real Halloween. It’s free to take part and there are adult and children’s categories. And prizes (details to be announced).
3-8 years old
8-12 years old
adult (13 years old and up)
Anyone can enter in any costume but if you want to win, what we are looking for is:
- Costumes that are homemade.
- No new plastic bought to make your costume, not even a button (plastic here includes polyester, nylon, acrylic).
- If buying new materials please buy natural ones ( cotton, wool, wood, felt, hessian) or use feathers, leaves, berries etc.
- Better still reuse and upcycle charity shop or old clothes (even if it includes plastic, e.g fake fur is usually polyester).
- 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 some inspiration.
To take part simply come along to the Performance Tent for 5pm when the Veg-o-Lantern competition prize giving will take place. That should only take a few minutes and the Fancy Dress Competition will follow immediately afterwards.
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 of modern Halloween and back to more what it was like traditionally, 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 have been progressively eliminating plastic from Fairyland Trust events and Workshops and this year we have drawn the line at glitter, which we were already using less and less. We loved the sparkly effect too but we’ve now designed it out and used other things for magical highlights.
Conventional shop-bought glitter is tiny fragments of coloured plastic: instant microplastic pollution as it drops off onto clothing or into the soil where it will get into the food chain as worms and other creatures eat it.
Other festivals and events have also been cutting out glitter, eg Shambala. You can buy ‘bioglitter’ but some of it still includes some actual oil-based plastic. Lush have a range of coloured shiny stuff based on artificial mica which is definitely not plastic. It’s a mineral – you can search the Lush website by ingredient and it is called Synthetic fluorphlogopite (!) … cut and paste it.
Above: how to find an alternative to plastic glitter – artificial mica lustres on Lush cosmetics by searching ‘Synthetic fluorphlogopite’ under ‘products’
** Read about our new investigation into plastic waste generated from Halloween costumes here: The Scariest Thing About Halloween is Plastic **