It’s not quite Halloween yet (school’s barely gotten started!), but National Costume Swap Day is right around the corner. On October 8th, families across the country will be getting together to exchange gently used Halloween costumes at events sponsored by KIWI magazine, Green Halloween , and Swap.com . And there are plenty of good reasons to take part: In addition to saving the money you would’ve spent on new costumes for your kids, you’ll also be doing something to help the environment. In fact, swapping half the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tonsabout the weight of 2,500 midsize cars!
Many neighborhoods and towns have already begun planning their swaps, but you can start one from scratch in your area, too. Either way, consider these tips for making your community swap an eek-o fabulous success:
Collect costumes It’s best to have a small variety of costumes available so that people who arrive at the beginning of the swap have choices. Put out a call at your school, church, or neighborhood association, or see what’s available at local thrift stores. No matter where the costumes come from, make sure they’re in good condition with no significant tears, holes, or stains.
Make it an event In addition to swapping costumes, bring in more fun with games, face painting, or a craft station where kids can decorate their own reusable Halloween bags. You can even hold a bake sale with (healthy) Halloween-themed treats and donate the proceeds to a local charity.
Stay organized When parents and kids bring their old costumes, hang them on a rack or lay them on tables organized by size so that people won’t have to sift through messy boxes.
Stage a changing area or remind kids to come in swimsuits or long underwear so they’re able to try on costumes before taking them home.
Ready to get started? Find existing swapsplus information to help you start your own at CostumeSwapDay.com .