Swap and save at Halloween

September 30, 2014

Save by planning a costume swap

If you have young children, you know the excitement Halloween brings. A few years ago, I overheard my sons enthusiastically planning their costumes – in late August!

This year, instead of buying a new costume for your little one(s), why not plan a costume swap with friends or neighbours, or at your school or church? It makes sense for several reasons:

  • It will save you money
  • It reduces the need for manufacturing more ‘stuff’, and all the environmental consequences that come with that
  • It offers the chance to get more use out of something that might otherwise be worn only once
  • It offers an option for affordable costumes to those without the means to buy new ones for their kids each year

Know someone with a child the same age as yours? Involved at your school or church? Why not organize a costume swap, one-for-one or larger? This article about an annual swap held in Toronto can help with the planning and logistics.

(PS Of course, the old fashioned way of dressing up – with makeup and old clothes you already have – is even more cost-effective and eco-friendly.)

Thanks to David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, Lindsay Coulter, for sharing this tip.


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