Give Halloween Costumes New Life with the National Costume Swap

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Not sure what you want to be for Halloween yet? Or don’t have the time to whip up something new?

Check out National Costume Swap Day!

Green Halloween and Kiwi Magazine have teamed up to create National Costume Swap Day as a way to keep costumes out of landfills and put them in the hands of children and families looking for new to them costumes without spending a fortune. And by swapping just half of the costumes kids wear at Halloween in one year, over 6,250 tons of waste can be saved from landfills!

The first National Costume Swap Day is scheduled for Saturday October 9, 2010. If you are interested in participating in a swap gather up your old costumes, masks and Halloween accessories and find a swap close to you.

Don’t see one is your area? Organize one of your own or find an online costume swap. Green Halloween has some great tips for organizing and participating in swaps.

Many of the swaps are free, though some charge a small fee to cover expenses associated with holding the swap, but the costume swapping itself is usually free.

This is a great way to clean out your stash of old costumes and get new stuff for the kids and no expensive store shopping is involved.

My family and friends have been doing this for years. We trade costumes and pass them down to younger kids in our circle. To organize and inspire communities to do this on a large scale is fantastic. Anything that keeps stuff out of the landfills is a wonderful idea and it brings communities together and gets people involved. It’s a win/win situation for everyone involved.

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