Turning Halloween Green with Costume Swap

Charlotte (WBTV) Have you ever wondered what happens to all those pirate and princess costumes you see on your doorstep every Halloween?  There's an effort to make sure they don't end up in the local landfill.  National Halloween Costume Swap Day is October 13th.  Charlotte is once again holding a costume swap to turn ‘Halloween Green'! 

"We're a hot spot for 'mom-prenuers' yes," laughs Jennifer Branham.  She's co-owner of The Boulevard at SouthEnd.  A store filled with treasures, many of which are hand made by local moms.

I found out about the swap thanks to the Mom$ense blog on Charlotte Parent Magazine.  For the third year in a row Jennifer is helping organize the local costume swap. "We like to up-cycle, we believe in hand made, we believe in local and we believe in saving people money.  This is a great combination of those key factors," Branham explains, talking about how the costume swap fits into her store's concept. 

They've been collecting for a few weeks now.  You can drop off your gently used costumes at four locations:

  • Atherton Market 2104 South Boulevard - Open Tuesday 9am - 7 pm Wednesday through Saturday 9 am - 2 pm
  • The Boulevard at SouthEnd 1440 South Tryon Street 980-219-7526
  • Eco-licious 1916 Commonwealth Ave 704-966-7030
  • TCBY at Blackeney Shopping Center 9864 Rea Road 704-341-2002

They are taking all sizes up to pre-teens.  For each costume you drop off, you're given a ticket.  That ticket entitles you to one costume at the swap.  This year, thanks to great turnout in 2011, they're holding two swaps.  The first swap is October 13th at Atherton Market and second at The Big South 5K finish line at the Blakeney Shopping Center October 20th.

Last year about 175 kids dressed in costumes from the swap. "If you consider probably 25-30 dollars at least on a new costume I'd say we've saved local families quite a bit of money," Branham told me.

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