Frugal Holidays: Halloween Costume Swap

Last week, a couple of girlfriends and I got together with our kids one morning.  It looked like a normal playdate, except for the fact that everyone brought their kids’ old Halloween costumes!  Even though we all have kids around the same age, I think everyone found at least one costume to use this Halloween. The best part? It was completely free!  I highly recommend getting a few friends with kids together to have a costume swap. Halloween costumes at retail are generally at least $20, and can cost upwards of $70!

I know this “Very Hungry Caterpillar” costume from Pottery Barn Kids is super-cute, but $69? On SALE? Sheesh. For something that will probably be christened with Smarties-laced drool in a few hours.

In the spirit of saving money this Halloween,  I wanted to tell you about an awesome event going on tomorrow: National Costume Swap Day.   I actually didn’t hear about this event before my friends and I had our swap, but it’s worth checking out!  You can even search for a Costume Swap near you.

If you’re still not convinced, how about this fun fact(from

Swapping half the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equal to the weight of 2,500 midsize cars.

Are you planning on swapping costumes this year? I’d love to hear about it.

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  1. I haven’t planned a swap this year but I think it is A GREAT idea! Things such as costumes are items we forget eventually wind up as trash :(