With Halloween just a month away, it's not too early to start planning your costume. But the best costumes don’t require lots of cash and excessive packaging. As these DragonCon attendees prove, you might have everything you need for your spooky or quirky ensemble in the attic — or the recycling bin.

 

Americans spend $6 billion on Halloween-related purchases each year, and costumes make up the biggest chunk of that number at $2.1 billion. But Halloween’s biggest horror story isn’t its price tag; the amount of waste generated by candy wrappers, decorations and costume pieces is the most frightening by far.

 

Take a look at some of MNN’s favorite planet-friendly DragonCon costumes and find some eco-inspiration for your Halloween.

 

These impressive Koopa Troopa shells were made out of beanbag chairs, hula hoops and paint.

 

It took hours and hours, but eventually all of these stuffed animals were sewn onto a homemade dress to create this stunning ensemble.

 

These costumes prove that virtually anything can be created with cardboard boxes, duct tape and garbage bags, including a Cyberman, Gizmoduck and a Darth Vader. All it takes is a little out-of-the-box thinking — and quite a few boxes.

 

 

Photos: Cody Wellons

 

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