Green Halloween: costume swaps

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Halloween is two weeks away, so here's a seasonal twist on the clothing swap. A Halloween costume swap is a not only a great way to save money, it's also a great way to recycle. Costumes often only get used once or twice before kids grow out of them, and there's often a lot of opportunity for Halloween accessories to be re-mixed. It's another way to participate in the sharing economy, cutting down on consumption and be social.

Of course, the more parents and kids involved, the better. There may already be a community organization in your area hosting a swap. If you're in New York City, there are a couple costume swaps this upcoming weekend (more info here).

I'll admit that this post is a little late for National Costume Swap Day, which is held the send the second Saturday of October. Maybe next year?

However, it's not too late to host your own! Invite friends, parents, kids or your community group to bring costumes and accessories. There doesn't need to be any kind of formal one-for-one trading, guests can take what works for them and anything leftover can be donated. The best clothing swaps are pretty much a party, so maybe even break out some hot cider and whip up some vegan pumpkin spice bread.

Tags: Holidays


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