Halloween costumes can be described in many ways- cute, funny, adorable to name a few- but two adjectives you rarely hear are "affordable" or "environmentally-friendly." This year, Green Halloween, along with Kiwi Magazine and Swap.com, is trying to make costumes not only easier on the wallet but also the planet with National Costume Swap Day.
Set for Oct. 9, National Costume Swap Day encourages communities to get together and exchange costumes. According to organizer Lynn Colwell, if half of the children in the country swapped costumes it would save not only the $66 an average person is expected to spend on a costume this year according to the National Retail Federation, but also would save 6,250 tons of waste from ending up in landfills.
Colwell's daughter, Corey Colwell-Lipson, came up with the idea six weeks ago and, after a website launch less than a month ago, it has expanded beyond anyone's expectations. "My goal was to have 20 swaps," said Colwell. As of Oct. 7, over 70 swaps across the United States and Canada were registered on the Day's website.
While the actual National Costume Swap Day is this Saturday, swaps are happening all month right up to Halloween. To find out if a swap is taking place in your area, or for tips on setting up your own swap, visit CostumeSwapDay.com or GreenHalloween.org for more information. National Costume Swap Day was also featured on Good Morning America, and you can find the video clip at ParentDish.com.
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