Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween is over...Now what?

Halloween costumes may seem worthless on Nov. 1, now that the Halloween parties are over and the candy wrappers are stacking up.

But this year's costumes don't have to be doomed. Here are just a few ideas on what to do with your "last year's" costumes.

  • Princess, cheerleader and other "dress-ups" in good condition can be shared with little girls in need. In our house, we've collected a bag of "dress-up" clothes and costumes that are going to two little girls our day care has adopted for Christmas. (You can always pair them with accessories from the clearance isle, if desired.)

  • Store and trade your costumes in for nearly new ones on National Costume Swap Day 2012, held in mid-October.

  • Donate or sell them to a resale shop, particularly if they're individual items like pants or shirts in good shape. Even period pieces can find a reuse.

  • Those "bloody" shirts your teenager created? Bring them back to a new life as rags to use around the house.
What are you planning to do with this year's costumes?

1 comment:

Green Bean said...

Great minds think alike! I posted about this this morning too.

Usually old costumes become dress up for the whole year. My kids really like to dress up. Otherwise, I've donated them to the school dress up corner, turn them into rags, or hang on to them until next year.