Free for Halloween: National Costume Swap Day Saturday October 13

October 12, 2012 |  by  |  Free Halloween

You don’t have to buy a new costume for Halloween — swap for one instead during the free National Costume Swap Day on Saturday, Oct. 13. Swapping saves money and keeps unwanted items from filling up your local landfill. And besides that, it’s free fun!

Free National Costume Swap

Courtesy Green Halloween

The free National Costume Swap Day is an initiative of Green Halloween, co-founded in 2006 by Seattle-based mother-daughter team, Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson. The swaps, first launched in 2010, are taking place all over the U.S. and Canada in private homes, libraries and zoos. You heard right. Zoos! Dozens of zoos and aquariums are participating in the costume swap as a way to demonstrate how Halloween can be an eco-friendly holiday. To find a list of participating zoos, Click Here. Swaps at zoos and aquariums are included in the admission price.

Many of the swaps are being held on the official National Costume Swap Day, Saturday Oct. 13, some are on alternative days and most are free. To find out when and where the swaps in your state or local community are, Click Here.

Green Halloween also promotes replacing traditional candy with healthier and more sustainable options such as Honest Kids juice, Lärabars, Endangered Species chocolate, Stretch Island Fruit strips, and Plum Kids treats. Last year it reached more than one million people via approximately 30 official public celebrations, 50 trick-or-treating events at zoos and aquariums and over 200 community-based costume swaps.

Trick or Treat!

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