Monday, October 15, 2012

Costume Swap: A Greener Halloween

The Climate Crusader de-cluttered, scored a free costume and prepared for a greener Halloween on National Costume Swap Day.

Swapping my Way to a Greener Halloween

Our old costumes
With Halloween rapidly approaching, many parents are on the hunt for costumes. In Halloweens past I have done it all - I have improvised costumes using items we already had on hand, I have sewn costumes from scratch, and I have bought pre-packaged costumes at a discount store. But this year I came across an idea that may just be the most environmentally-friendly yet: a costume swap.

National Costume Swap Day happened on October 13, 2012 in the United States and Canada. The idea is simple: you bring one or more clean, used costumes. Then you trade them for someone else's clean, used costumes. It combines de-cluttering, re-using and saving money, which are some of my favourite things. Plus, it's a chance to get to know other people in your community.

Frugal, Sustainable and Fun

My little Woody
We brought four old costumes that my kids no longer wear to our local swap. My daughter, who is very firmly decided on her Halloween costume this year, did not find something to fit the bill. My son, on the other hand, scored a great Woody costume, which he hasn't taken off for two days. He is thrilled, and I am, too, because before we attended the swap he was changing his mind at least once a day. Now he's decided, and I didn't have to spend a dime. I also got to see a little girl who was very excited about one of my daughter's old costumes - it was very win-win.

While National Costume Swap Day is over for 2012, now that you know about it you can keep it in mind for 2013. Or else you can organize your own informal swap. Empty out that old costume box that's gathering dust under your stairs, round up some friends, and prepare for Halloween the easy way. Or, if all else fails, refresh your costume box with some cool new pieces. It's green, it's affordable, and best of all it's fun.

Where do you get your Halloween costumes? And what's your favourite tip for a greener Halloween?

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