Surprised that there’s a National Costume Swap Day? You’re not alone â€“ I only just found out. According to the holiday’s Facebook page (holidays have Facebook pages?), swapping Halloween costumes can actually â€œreduce wasteâ€ and â€œsave money.â€
Basically, it’s the green movement invading the dark depths of Halloween, trying to push its zen hippie agenda. What’s next? National Reuse Christmas Wrapping Day?
Stated on the holiday’s website, â€œSwapping half the costumes kids wear at Hallowen would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equal to the weight of 2,500 midsize cars!â€
Okay, even I have to admit that that’s a lot of wasted Halloween costumes, and it doesn’t even include pet or adult Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, the official video of the holiday is…less than entertaining:
If you are actually interested in participating in National Costume Swap Day, here’s a list of towns and states that are holding swaps throughout October. And don’t fret â€“ all official swaps must have â€œproper insurance and liability coverage,â€ just in case some kids get rowdy over the same costume, I guess. =
And for my Canadian readers, you can always check out the Canadian version of National Costume Swap Day, which, I assume, involves maple syrup and hockey and all those other stereotypical qualities that make you guys such excellent attic neighbors.
Anyway, we are not only 18 days until the big dark day comes storming down city streets, so I hope you are making final preparations. Decide on which costume to wear, which candy to hand out, and which decorations go where, because Halloween will be here before you know it!