Right now, parents all over are getting the same question from their kids: when are you going to get me a Halloween costume? Now, you have an answer, thanks to the organizers of National Costume Swap Day. Not only will your costume be free, you may never have to pay for a costume again.
The concept for National Costume Swap Day started in Seattle, and it has spread across the country with this simple concept: you find an old costume, track down a costume swap nearby, and turn it in for an outfit that’s all new to you. The organizers of this event say it’s one of the best treats you can get this Halloween–a way to save money and save the environment.
So, you have two big decisions this Halloween: there’s what the kids want to dress up as, and, as dads like Randy Query know, there’s what parents want to spend on a costume. Query says, “We do it to ourselves. It’s one Cinderella dress, then another Cinderella dress, and it’s twice the price. So it’s, ‘Ooh, I’ve got to have the best we can find,’ but it gets tough as the economy goes farther and farther down.” The National Retail Federation says families will spend an average of $66 this year on costumes for Halloween. But instead of losing your head over Halloween spending, why not trade costumes with someone else?
Costume Swap Day organizer Corey Colwell-Lipson says, “It’s really about bringing people together, having fun with this concept, and creating less waste, and kicking off this holiday without having to spend any money at all.” Colwell-Lipson started up the Costume Swap in Western Washington, and has seen dozens of cities across the country follow her example. You bring in a costume, get a receipt, then use that receipt to get a new outfit at any swap event you’d like before Halloween. Think about it, for this year and beyond. Colwell-Lipson says, “You might never have to spend a dime on costumes, and they could continue to be passed down and passed down. It’s really a win-win situation for everyone.”
Organizers claim if just half the kids in the U.S. recycled their Halloween outfits each fall, we’d keep the weight of 2,500 midsize cars out of the landfill. It’s another reason behind the prediction that this year’s Costume Swap will be a roaring success. To get more information on a Costume Swap near you, or to start one of your own, follow this link.