What To Do With All Those Halloween Costumes


Seventy-eight. Yes, that is the number of Halloween costumes I’ve had to deal with in my parenting career. Certainly there have been costumes that have been re-used and handed down, but regardless, parenting six children through a combined total of 78 trick-or-treat nights has not been without its share of costume adventures and misadventures.

Parents can put an extraordinary amount of work into making elaborate costumes, or spend a ridiculous amount of money buying them. It begs the question – what do families do with all those Halloween costumes once the spooky night is over?


  • Turn to the Book of Face:

Yes, on Facebook there are many moms buy and sell groups. When you’re clearing out old costumes, post them on one of the groups. You’ll be helping out another mom and getting a bit back from your initial investment.


  • Costume Trunk:

I’m not gonna lie, I have one ridiculously good dress-up trunk. Between Halloween costumes and old dance recital gear, my entire family can turn into a freak show on the turn of a dime.


  • Donate:

There are many daycares, dance studios, children’s theatre groups and libraries that accept and love to collect old costumes for tickle trunks and dress-ups.


  • Look to the future:

One day you may enjoy little grandkids of your own. If there are any special costumes that hold sentimental value, keep them and cue the waterworks in about 20 Halloweens from now when you see them on the next generation.


  • “Go Green For Halloween”:

Start a costume swap at your school. People can bring in gently used costumes and trade them with other members of the school community. Better still? Have folks pay $5.00 per costume and make it a fundraiser for the school.


How do you survive the craziness of Halloween costumes – both the creating, and the disposing of?

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Author: Julie Cole

Julie Cole is the co-founding vice-president of award-winning children's label manufacturer Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless entrepreneur awards. Cole is a regular television contributor, an influential and syndicated blogger and a mother of six. Follow her on twitter @juliecole and Instagram @cole.julie

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