Halloween comes just once a year. As a result Halloween costumes, well, they get worn one time … maybe twice if there’s a younger sibling willing to wear it another year. Chances are, your costumes are still in good enough shape to be passed along to another child. From that simple idea, every kid’s favorite holiday just got more parent- and planet-friendly, thanks to the launch of National Costume Swap Day.
A costume swap is recycling at its most fun. Kids get new-to-them costumes, and parents get to save money and the planet. Something as simple as a costume swap does make a difference. In fact, swapping the costumes of only half of the children who celebrate Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equivalent to the weight of 2,500 midsize cars.
Drop off your swap-able costumes at Gigi's (2075 Noonseneck Hill Rd.) during business hours then in exchange for your costume(s) you will be given a Swap Ticket to be brought back for the event on October 6th from 10 a.m. to 1pm. During the event, participants will also be treated to a 20% discount on all Tiddlywinks Toys and Gigi’s Glitzy Boutique merchandise. To sweeten the deal even more, There will be goodie bags full of swag from local businesses, entertainment for the kids, safety information and more during the hours of the swap.
If you aren't in need of a new costume, donations of used costumes will benefit the more than 600 children in the RI foster care system. Click here to visit the event's Facebook page.