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You Know What’s Scary? Halloween Debris

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Halloween is almost here and with it comes lots of scary, spooky things—monsters, mayhem, and… marine debris!

Child's drawing of a marine debris monster.

Drawing by Teeger B., Grade 8, California, art contest winner featured in the 2013 Marine Debris Calendar.

Unfortunately, Halloween often means more trash that can become marine debris. Wrappers are one of the top debris items in general and the many candy wrappers that are part of this spooky holiday can substantially add to their accumulation. On top of that, some of those cool Halloween decorations that are placed in our yards blow away, never to return to their storage boxes. So, as you’re trick-or-treating, handing out candy, or getting into other kinds of Halloween mischief, make sure to keep in mind that we can all do our part to make sure Halloween ends with buckets full of candy, and not waters full of debris.

Make sure those spooky decorations are securely placed and that those candy wrappers are disposed of properly. If you’re handing out candy, consider some non-plastic options, such as goodies packaged in cardboard boxes or paper that can be recycled. We can all be a part of fighting the marine debris that haunts us!

A decorative Halloween skeleton found as marine debris.

This skeleton was found as debris during an Earth Day cleanup in April. Make sure debris items like this guy don’t get loose! (Photo Credit: NOAA)

Happy Halloween!

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.

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