You know, green families have almost zero choices when it comes to pre-made eco-friendly Halloween costumes for kids. There’s just very little out there made with sustainable fabrics or other materials. You can go with a homemade Halloween costume if you’re crafty, but not all parents are (um, me) so your next best option is to pick a used costume.
You can take your chances at a thrift store or meet new green friends and get a killer costume for your tot at a fun Halloween costume swap event.
National Costume Swap Day 2012 is officially on October 13, but costume swaps around the country are already being planned. If you’re new to costume swapping, I discussed it last year (and the year before) but here’s a quick recap.
A Halloween costume swap is super fun and the perfect way to kick off the Green Halloween® season! During a costume swap, green families come together to trade previous year’s Halloween costumes, in exchange for new-to-you costumes from another green family. A costume swap can be just a few families getting together or it can be a citywide event.
A costume swap saves resources no matter how you slice it. It takes a ton of materials, packaging and shipping emissions to create new costumes. A swap is more fun, less expensive (usually free) and totally green!
Resources you need
- Find a swap near you.
- No swap near you? No worries, register your very own swap event.
- Not sure how easy it is to host a swap? It’s a piece of pumpkin cake. Here are some tips.