How to Recycle Your Halloween Costume

November 4, 2013 | By | Comments (0)

little miss sunshine costume

After a long weekend of Halloween festivities, you probably have a slew of candy (er, candy wrappers) and discarded disguises on your hands. It’s easy to figure out what to do with all those sweets (hint: make some delicious desserts), but finding a place for worn costumes may present more of a challenge. Instead of tossing the get-up you spent so much time crafting, heed the advice of entertaining expert Mark Addison:

Host a costume exchange. Swap costumes with family and friends so you’ll have something new (that won’t cost you a dime) for next year. If your kids are still growing, trade for one size up so the costume is more likely to fit.

If you’re feeling a bit crafty, try these two ideas for repurposing store-bought costumes instead:

Make pillows. Turn the focal point of a laundered costume–like the superman emblem–into a decorative throw pillow for the kids’ room.

Make place mats. Slip a cut-out of a laundered costume into a self-adhesive laminating pocket (To buy: $29 for 25, staples.com). Or, bring your fabric square to the self-serve laminating station at your local FedEx office.

What do you do with old Halloween costumes?

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