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Guest post: A Better Way to Celebrate Halloween

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Guest post by Dana Verhoff

This year my daughter will celebrate her fifth Halloween.  I can easily remember each costume she has worn.  There was the blue cow, a hooded sleeper borrowed from a neighbor, and the lion, handed down from cousins in Missouri.  My favorite was the year she dressed as a cowgirl.  The little red shirt with white piping she worn was mine from childhood, a gift from my Grandma Tex.  I wore it for my second Halloween.  My sister wore it, and her daughter wore it.  Someday, my youngest daughter will wear it, too.  The photo that you see above is from last year.  My oldest wore a dress and tiara from her princess collection (hand-me-downs and gifts) and shoes that still fit from Christmas.  My youngest wore a pea costume borrowed from a neighbor.  Ah, yes, the Princess and the Pea!

I can even remember a few costumes from my own childhood – Strawberry Shortcake, a gypsy, a magician, and a punk rocker.  With one exception, all of those costumes were put together with borrowed things from closets in my house or the neighbors.  The Strawberry Shortcake costume was store-bought because as a five year old, I insisted upon it.  And, you know what?  I hated that plastic smock and impossible-to-see-through mask, and both were ripped by the end of the night.

Yes, I’ve been thinking a lot about costumes lately.

And I’ve come to the conclusion that National Costume Swap Day™ is about showing our children a better way to celebrate! Because something as simple as a costume swap does make a difference.

Admittedly, swapping costumes is a shift in the way kids think;  it has become the norm to decide what you “want to be” and then head to the nearest box store and buy a new costume.  In contrast, a swap offers children the chance to make a decision with an open-mind and possibilities laid out before them!  Dare I say it may even be reminiscent of those times you raided your parent’s closet to put together a costume … you know, back in the day!

Here’s the bottom line: Halloween has become a holiday filled with traditions that are unhealthy for our children and our planet. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to serve as role models.  Participating in a costume swap not only encourages celebrating in a way that is healthier and more earth-conscience, but it also empowers our children to think about how small changes can have a big impact.  All while still having fun!


Dana and her partner, Diana, publish family-friendly website, Macaroni Kid Snoqualmie Valley-Issaquah.  On the morning of October 8th, they will be hosting swaps in North Bend at Totz and at Small Threads in Issaquah.  Both are looking forward to bringing the community together, showing our children a better way to celebrate, and swapping with all of you!

Will be be hosting or attending a costume swap this year? If so, what are you swapping and what costumes do your kids hope to find in exchange?

National Costume Swap Day on Q13 (FOX) Seattle (VIDEO)

Monday, October 11th, 2010

National Costume Swap Day was featured on Q13 (FOX) in Seattle!

Thanks so much to Macaroni Kid (Snoqualamie Valley) and friends for helping us to get up this “mock swap” for the shoot. Watch the video above, and click here for the whole story.

Have photos or video from your costume swap? Send them to us via e-mail and we just might feature you on!


Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.