Gear Up for a Green Halloween – National Costume Swap Day

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Halloween 2010 at Disney World

Growing up in the early 80’s, especially in a small town, Trick-or-Treating was pretty different than today’s Halloween… (especially from the way Mickey Mouse celebrates!)

Most of my favorite autumn memories are wrapped up in simple pleasures like homemade popcorn balls, peanut butter logs, and the hit of the night – a trip through the general store owned by the nicest old man in town where each child got to pick out a whole candy bar for a treat!

My parents knew just about everyone in our community, so the only safety issue we had to deal with was not getting molasses all over your treat bag.  Because it was also your pillowcase, and your mom expected it to come home in one piece.

Hitting the Halloween circuit as a parent can be a bit of a culture shock if you’ve been out of the loop for a decade or two. Sometimes “over the top” is the only way I can describe it.  And I don’t mean that celebrating big isn’t fun occasionally, it really can be.  But in the long run, we’ve found that simple celebrations tend to be the most meaningful.

Holiday Fun Without All the Waste

When I first heard mother & daughter green team Lynn and Corey talk about Green Halloween, it was such a relief to know other moms who feel the same and were doing something about it. They also share my views on green gift giving and how to meaningfully celebrate holidays.

So I had to laugh as I read the “scary truth about store-bought Halloween costumes” section of their book.  What a way to bring back the most vivid smell of those vinyl costumes and plastic masks!  Most years, we wore homemade costumes, but I think my brother was Batman and I was Casper the Friendly Ghost one year.  I’m still wondering why I didn’t just wear a white sheet with holes for eyes….

National Costume Swap Day

One of the biggest Green Halloween initiatives Lynn and Corey dreamed into life is National Costume Swap Day.  It takes place on Saturday, October 8th.  It’s a free event, and it’s growing every year.  Kiwi Magazine and are also part of the fun.

Costume swapping is a brilliant idea. If you’re like me, you’ve probably never thrown last year’s costume in the garbage.  Instead you pass it along to a younger relative, friend, or donate it to Goodwill.  And while that’s the responsible thing to do… your child still needs another costume when October 31st rolls around.  Costume swapping is the win-win solution for kids, parents, and the planet.

How can you get involved?

They’ve made it easy to find a Costume Swap near you.  If there isn’t one in your area, there’s still plenty of time to get together with other green moms and organize a swap in your community.   Everything you need to know about arranging and registering your event is here:  There’s no stone left unturned when it comes to the questions they’ve answered there.

Registering your Costume Swap is the best way to let other local families know about it.  We want to hear about it too!  Facebook is already buzzing about it:


Our favorite Eco Twins are showing us how it’s done.  This swap looks almost as fun as the big trick-or-treat day!

Happy Swapping!  And as Lynn and Corey say, “Here’s to an Eek-O-Friendly Halloween!”

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  • Lynn

    What a great picture! You must have had a lot of fun last year. Thanks for letting everyone know about National Costume Swap Day and Green Halloween!

  • Amity Hook-Sopko

    Thrilled to participate :)  And that Toy Story Alien costume is looking for a new home.  I’m hoping to team up with another mom to host a swap in our community.

  • Lori Alper

    That is a great picture! Your son looks just like Harry Potter. What a great place to spend Halloween! Costume swapping is a brilliant idea-hopefully it will really catch on. Thanks for spreading the word.

  • Tiffany C.

    THat picture is like a post card! It really is amazing! What a great post! I think Costume Swap day is an amazing idea for SO MANY REASONS! I really used to just toss  costumes that didn’t fit, now that idea just seems absolutely NUTS thanks to Lynn and Corey!! Great post, great idea! xoxo

  • Beau Henderson

    Cutest video ever brilliant idea

  • Amity Hook-Sopko

    I know, trying on all those costumes would have been more fun to me than going trick-or-treating!

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