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How to Reuse Halloween Costumes

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Whether ordered from a catalog, purchased at a store, or sewn by hand, kids enjoy one of the most popular dress-up days of the year when Halloween comes around.


From ladybugs and butterflies to superman, kiddos wear their costumes with pride, and enjoy puzzled expressions from people who don’t recognize them behind the wigs, goggles, face paint, and other apparatus masking their identity.


The downside…the fun lasts one evening, and then costumes become something else to store in an already-full closet.


What are some solutions to this costume dilemma?


  • When your kids outgrow costumes, pass the outfits on to their younger siblings, cousins, and/or friends. (You most likely do this one already).

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  • See if a nearby day care would like to use washable costumes.
  • If your kids like to play dress-up, keep the costumes for them to use year- round. 
  • Reuse the costumes at a masquerade party.
  • See if a local grade school wants costumes for school plays. 
  • Find a clothing and toy resale store that will pay you for outfits that are in good condition.
  • If no one wants to wear a costume for next Halloween, perhaps because it inhibited breathing or blood circulation, make a cute yard display! Fabric can be filled with straw, pillows, or other stuffing material that give some dimensional aspect. Yard displays can be used every year, and trick-or-treaters will appreciate the creative touch.
  • If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can save your kids’ costumes from earlier years, and make a quilt for them using sections of each costume. That’s a quilt that will bring back fun memories!

You probably have a lot of great ideas of your own when it comes to reusing Halloween costumes, and we'd love to hear from you! 


Have a safe and happy Halloween!



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