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Donate Your Old Halloween Costumes

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Help those less fortunate than you by donating your old Halloween costumes!

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For many of us, our biggest concern about Halloween is keeping our kids from eating too much candy.

For other parents, however, there are different anxieties. Like worrying about where they are going to come up with the extra cash for their child’s Halloween costume this year.

Halloween is truly one of the most fun holidays for a child. You get to dress up, run around the neighborhood with your friends, and collect CANDY at each house.

So imagine the sadness when a little six-year-old is told that his mom doesn’t have a costume for him this year.

But there’s an easy way to fix this problem– donate your old Halloween costumes to a local charity!




If you’re like me, you have all of your kids’ costumes from previous years just sitting around collecting dust. Sure, my kids play dress-up with them sometimes, but at least half of them no longer fit.

Instead of keeping them for no reason, I can donate them to children in need of Halloween costumes. It’s a no-brainer!

In my neck of the woods, there is a costume drive being hosted by Steph Snaps Photos, Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, and Harth.

The collected costumes and funds will benefit the children of the The Shelter HouseThe Alternative House and Jill’s House.  The Alternative House has a vision of a community in which all young people are safe, live in a nurturing environment and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Jill’s House provides respite for children with intellectual disabilities and their families; and The Shelter House is a community based non-profit organization serving homeless families and domestic violence victims in Fairfax, Virginia.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to outfit over 300 children this Halloween.

New or gently used costumes of any size can be dropped off at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner any day.  The hotel will offer its on-site laundry services to prepare all costumes for delivery to Alternative House the week of October 19, prior to its scheduled Halloween programming. To learn more or to donate to the cause visit http://www.gofundme.com/costumedrive2016.




Want to find a Halloween costume drive near you? 

Just google “where to donate Halloween costumes in (your county).” At least one or two options should pop up.

If you are having trouble finding a drop-off location, you could always donate the costumes to a Goodwill or Salvation Army, OR leave a comment with your county and state and I can try to help you find a costume drive near you.

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