With Halloween around the corner, you are brainstorming about how stylish your Halloween costume will be this year. However, there is one small problem, you already have a Halloween costume (or costumes) collecting dust in the back of your closet. You are sure you don’t want to wear it again, so what do you do with it? Here are some ideas of ways to make sure that your unwanted Halloween costumes don’t end up in a landfill.
Sell Your Halloween Costume
If your Halloween costume was something special, unique, or expensive, and is still in suitable condition, you might consider selling it. This will allow you to recoup some of the money that you spent on it so that you can put this amount towards this year’s Halloween outfit.
A consignment retailer is a bargain hunter’s dream for Halloween costumes and other deals. You give the store the costume, and they do the work of finding someone to buy it. Once it sells, the store keeps a percentage as their fee and you get the rest.
For people who prefer to sell their costumes themselves, online auctions can be a great option. You will have a much broader audience than your local retailer or garage sale. Always read the terms and conditions of the particular site before you submit an ad.
Garage sales/newspaper ads
Of course, if you want to sell your Halloween costume yourself, the traditional avenues of selling it at a garage sale or with an ad in the newspaper may also work. Keep in mind that you will often receive less money for the costume this way, though this way may be easier if you were already planning a sale.
Donate Your Halloween Costume
If your Halloween costume is still in good shape, you could consider donating it. There are several places that would appreciate your donation. Here are some places that might be able to give your Halloween costume a new home.
Many of the women staying in shelters have kids with them. And when times are tough, extras like a Halloween costumes are not going to be in the budget. This is a special place to send kids Halloween costumes to so that another child can have a chance to trick-or-treat. They may also take adult costumes as well so that mom or older children can join in the holiday fun.
Staying in a hospital long term is not much enjoyable, so the staff at children’s hospitals will often look for ways to cheer their patients up. Dressing up for Halloween, or even a day of silliness, can make their patient’s times more enjoyable. Some hospitals will also encourage children to trick-or-treat around the rooms of the hospital on Halloween night.
Churches (some denominations)
Some churches will celebrate Halloween, or have a church friendly alternative where kids can wear their costumes. Families in need may approach their church first for help before looking elsewhere. You will want to call the church beforehand to make sure they would welcome the donation, and use this for your family friendly costumes.
Many charities like Goodwill and the Salvation Army will accept donated articles. In most cases, these organizations will sell your costume at their discount stores to help raise funds for the various programs that they run.
Hospice services often run small stores to raise money for their staff members. These people often do a lot with very little, and they will take almost any type of donation that is in good condition.
There is always someone out there that will be interested in your Halloween costume. Taking time to locate them can help you recover your money or make someone else’s Halloween better.