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That’s Some Scary Stuff: Ghosts, Ghouls & Halloween Debris

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Halloween is coming! Prepare to be scared, for Halloween comes with lots of frights: ghosts, ghouls and—that’s right—marine debris.

Unfortunately, Halloween often means more trash that can become marine debris. Wrappers are one of the top debris items throughout the year and the many candy wrappers that are part of this spooky holiday can substantially add to their accumulation.

Credit: Ocean Conservancy

Credit: Ocean Conservancy

So, as you’re trick-or-treating this year, think about the scary impact your actions can have on our ocean and Great Lakes! Make sure those wrappers are properly disposed of and if you’re handing out candy, consider some non-plastic options, such as goodies packaged in cardboard boxes that can be recycled. We can all be part of fighting the marine debris that haunts us!

As you’re trick-or-treating this Halloween, watch out for scares… Goblins! Monsters! Debris! BOO! (Drawing by Teeger B., Grade 8, California, art contest winner featured in the 2013 Marine Debris Calendar)


Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

One thought on “That’s Some Scary Stuff: Ghosts, Ghouls & Halloween Debris

  1. I loved the infographic featured in this post! It’s astonishing to visualise the deadly impact of all those candy wrappers, and what’s sad is that many do not realise this when going trick or treating. I stumbled across a relevant post on ways to make Halloween more green, which proves that the fun does not need to be sacrificed when shifting away from candies wrapped in plastic. Worth a read 🙂

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