This year, instead of buying the kids a brand new Halloween costume, go green and get involved in a costume swap. October 9th is officially National Costume Swap Day and Greenhalloween.org has a whole slew of ideas to help you get going including a growing list of costume swapping locations.
if you don’t see a listing in your area, maybe you could be starting point for something new this year. With so many of us making costumes, recycling material and trying to save a little extra cash, this only make sense for Halloween too.
Here are a few ideas to get you in the groove of swapping your costumes:
- Swap costumes with your neighbors, friends or family.
- Organize a swap at your local church, school or community center.
- Trade down from an older sibling, reusing pieces of costumes from years past.
- Have a pre-Halloween party with the idea of bringing costumes to trade and making new accessories for the big night.
Remember, just because a costume was worn one way last year, doesn’t mean it can’t be used differently this year. Take it apart, using only the mask or turn the cape into something entirely different. Your imagination is your only limit.
Anything goes when it comes to swapping, the idea is just to reuse what you can even when you’re tring to make the year fun and new.
I’d love to hear your recycled costume ideas!