Halloween is a week away. If you don’t have your costume yet, stay away from the traditional party stores. That may sound crazy, but you can get more sustainable, more cost-effective, and possibly more creative from other sources. Thrift stores, Halloween costume swap parties, Freecycle, and social media are all simple and convenient ways to get a killer Halloween costume and help the planet!
1. Thrift Stores
Because thrift stores are great places to find clothes for your daily life (Hello, old man sweater heaven), they are especially good for Halloween. This year, I decided to be Eponine from Les Miserables for Halloween. A store-bought costume just wasn’t going to do it. After perusing my local Goodwill, I found a shirt, a skirt, and a hat within fifteen minutes and for less than fifteen dollars.
Thus, a thrift store Halloween costume is not just sustainable, but also cost effective. Since most adult store-bought costumes start at twenty dollars, you’re sure to save yourself money which will come in handy when it’s time to buy Christmas presents.
2. Halloween Costume Swap Party
Instead of going to your neighborhood party store, make your neighborhood a party store. Both adults and children can partake in Halloween costume swap parties. Not only does swapping costumes save money, time, and the planet, but it can also be really fun.
Make it a real party by putting on music, breaking out the make-up, and having a fashion show. Your friends can vote on which costume they like best for each person, just make sure you have enough to go around!
If you haven’t joined your local Freecycle.org site yet, then you need to get on that. As long as you have a reliable mode of transportation (or really awesome friends), Freecycle is a great way to find used, but perfectly good, products. The posts include household appliances, various forms of media, and clothes.
If you don’t know what you’re going to be for Halloween, getting a box of random clothes can be the perfect impetus for creativity. Although it may seem odd to wear the used clothes of a complete stranger, they may even be better quality than thrift store goods. As long as you wash them before you wear them, you have nothing to worry about.
Now that you know what I’m going to be for Halloween, tell me about your costumes! The person with the most sustainable one wins!