It's not even September and I am already thinking Halloween. If you are like me, you probably have a quite a few barely-worn costumes sitting in the basement or attic, just calling out to you to “Wear me please. Let me help you collect as much hyper energizing candy as humanly possible…” But the kids have outgrown them and don't feel like using them for dress up. What to do?
Well maybe you should host a Costume Swap. The people at Green Halloween think you should too. Green Halloween is a program of the EcoMom Alliance which works to empower moms to help do their part to be environmentally conscious. It was established in the summer of 2007 to help cut down on the excess waste in the land fills from the discarded costumes. And then the National Costume Swap Day (on October 8th), a partnership of Green Halloween, Swap.com and Kiwi magazine, launched in 2010, and was met with enthusiasm and over 70 registered swaps across the U.S. and in Canada, as well as a 1 minute, 38 second spot on Good Morning America.
If you think you might be interested in participating or hosting a swap, whether between friends, family or neighborhood, you can get some great tips on how to do so on their website including:
• Asking consignment shops and thrift stores if they want to get involved.
• Have a section for accessories; mismatched pieces of costumes that creative kids can use to put original get-ups together.
• Stage a dressing-room area. Or, you may want to encourage parents to bring kids dressed in a leotard or swim suit to avoid having to undress.
• Ask people to bring a shopping bag. Do not provide them.
• State that costumes should be in good to excellent condition, no significant spots, holes etc. (unless they are supposed to be there!). You should note on written materials that you have the right to reject costumes based on whatever criteria you like.
It's a great way to reduce, reuse, recycle and save some cash too.