Mark your calendar and start digging through your boxes: October 8th is National Costume Swap Day!
An effort to green our Halloween celebrations by reusing costumes, these swap events allow you to donate your used costumes and walk away with a new-to-you costumes for your kids or yourself. The event is sponsored by Green Halloween, Kiwi Magazine, and Swap.com.
Green Halloween says that reusing half of all kids’ Halloween costumes would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equal to the weight of 2500 midsize cars.
And of course swapping costumes can save you money. The National Retail Federation estimated that Halloween costumes, decorations, and candy would cost the average U.S. family over $66 in 2010.
Costume swaps are occurring all over the country this year, and you can find one by searching the list here. No swap planned in your area? Consider organizing one yourself!
Want more ideas for ways to green your Halloween? Check out Green Halloween for a wealth of tips and projects. Green Halloween’s founder, Corey Colwell-Lipson, joined us for a podcast interview with her mother Lynn Colwell on how to throw an eco-friendly baby shower.