Happy Halloween everyone! Halloween is my favorite holiday for many reasons. I love scary movies, I love candy, and I especially love dressing up. I’m someone who buys many different costumes for Halloween and then never ends up wearing them again. Every year consists of new ideas and crazy costumes. While I keep a collection of costume essentials that can be reused over and over again, (ex. fake blood, tutus, fishnets) many of my costumes have remained untouched in my closet for years. Realizing I don’t have space for all of these costumes, I think it’s time to donate them. If you’re in the same boat as me and you’re not planning on wearing your Halloween costume again after today, or you have children who have grown out of their old costumes, here are some of the best places to donate old costumes:
Ween Dream gives costumes to kids all over America that suffer from unique challenges, such as special needs or poverty. The process to donate is very simple. All you need to do is put the costume in a ziplock bag and write down the costume’s information, such as what it is, the size, gender, and age it is meant for. After that, all you have to do is mail it and you just helped a child in need!
Salvation Army is a place many of us have heard of and have donated to previously. A portion of the proceeds earned at Salvation Army go to charity, making it a great place to donate. A great thing about donating costumes to Salvation Army is that you can help people of all ages! Plus, it’s super easy to donate. All you need to do is drop off your costume at the nearest location!
Goodwill is another place to donate where proceeds will go to a good cause. Just like Salvation Army, you can donate costumes for all ages. Just pack up your costume and drop it off and you’re good to go!
Planet Aid is a great place to donate costumes that have been heavily worn. If your costume is a bit too beat up for Ween Dream, consider donating to Planet Aid before tossing out the costume completely. The clothes dropped in their bins are recycled to help protect the environment. All you have to do is enter your zip to find a bin near you.
Jersey Cares does a costume drive for kids through the ages of 0-14. They also accept masks, makeup, accessories, and treat bags. These are all given to kids who are in need of a costume! You can either choose to drop off old costumes if you are in the area, or mail costumes if you are outside of New Jersey. While it’s too late to donate this year, you have until next fall to gather all of your costumes and prepare for next year’s drive.
I encourage you to research more Halloween costume drives in your area! There are tons of places to donate, and even more children who can’t afford costumes. Don’t let your awesome costumes go to waste, let them help those who need it!