Halloween is one of our favorite holidays of the year, and one of the best parts of Halloween is seeing people get creative and resourceful with their costumes. Anyone can buy a plastic / spandex costume at a drugstore, but not only is that boring and generic — it is the opposite of environmentally friendly. We encourage you all to get inspired and resourceful this year and go green with your Halloween costumes! This could mean cobbling together a great DIY idea from items you already have around your house, or picking up some old items at the local charity shop to create your costume (as demonstrated by Managing Editor Emily as Eskimo Pi (3.14159…) and her Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle/Sister).


To encourage all you Inhabitat readers to get creative and green this Halloween, we are announcing our first ever GREEN HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST! We are looking for the funniest, the greenest, the most resourceful halloween costumes out there – so send your snapshots to inhabitips at


Winners will be announced November 1st

(yes, we changed this deadline due to popular demand and common sense)

Two Winners will receive Inhabitat T-shirts and the first place winner will also receive a copy of the book “Design For the Other 90%” – From the Cooper Hewitt design exhibit of the same name

submit up to 5 photos of a single costume
PHOTOS MUST BE SIZED TO 537 pixels wide, 72 dpi, and under 100K – for publication on the web
we will not download gigantic photographs
store-bought costumes will not be considered
sexy costumes for the ladies involving cat ears will also not be considered – people you are better than this!
by sending us your photos you agree that you are allowing us to publish your photos online

ALTERNATE SUBMISSION – Jack-O-Lantern Contest!
You can also enter this competition with a picture of your jack-o-lantern, if you happen to have carved an awesome jack-o-lantern that has some sort of Inhabitat related theme. That could be a tree, an owl, a planet-earth, an Inhabitat logo, etc etc.. See this lovely Habby Jack-o-Lantern as an example. This fabulous specimen was carved by our favorite Inhabitat sister, Molly Pilloton, and we love you for it Molly! Same rules for photo sizing apply…



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  1. gothiczen October 31, 2007 at 6:00 am

    i JUST DISCOVERED AND JUST LOVE YOUR SITE!!!…my compliments really…

  2. Bernd October 31, 2007 at 5:52 am

    i love the eskimo pi shirt :-)

  3. Jill October 30, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Sandra-

    Okay – good point – we are pushing back the deadline.

    Our original thought was…. ‘People will be dressing up for parties over the weekend and in the days before Halloween, and we want to be able to announce the winners on Halloween, so we’ll make the deadline the morning of Halloween.” In retrospect this idea seems kind of dumb, so we are pushing the deadline back to the end of the night on Halloween in order to give people more time to submit their photos. We think this is a bit more realistic and hope it encourage more submissions.

    DEADLINE IS NOW OCTOBER 31st at midnight!

  4. Sandra October 30, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Isn’t it a little weird to make the contest end before some people will even be dressing up? O_o

  5. Kevin Archibald October 30, 2007 at 11:43 am

    I prefer to go as something scary on Halloween.

    So what scarier thing could you posibly go as, then a melting polar ice cap?

  6. Gloria October 29, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Here is a list of 9 green costumes made from junk:
    9 Awesome Last Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Make From Junk

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