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Halloween time is always fun, and if your family is anything like mine, the great costume discussion of 2012 has already begun.

Local businesses like Party City are ready for those must-have new costumes and accessories, and Spirit Halloween has a pop-up stores open in the Target shopping center in Dublin, on Rosewood Drive in Pleasanton and on Arroyo Vista in Livermore.

But new threads for a one-night gig are spendy and--also if you're anything like me--you've got at least a half-dozen costumes hanging around from previous years. Well, now, most of my young relatives have outgrown my children's prior haunting duds, so donating or swapping seems like a great plan.

Here's one annual event, National Costume Swap Day, which gives you the opportunity to turn in your old costumes for a swap ticket good at local businesses in the Bay Area on Oct. 13.

There are a couple of great costumes I hand made with and for my daughter once upon a time that I might have trouble parting with, but clowns, lady pirates, little boy ninjas, Simba from the Lion King circa 1996, and many other great things need new children to bring them back to life again.

So tell me, please, where and how do you trade in, trade up, and share the spookiness?

Danville Mom October 04, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Our elementary school, Green Valley, collects costumes and provides them to our sister school, Heights Elementary in Pittsburg. We deliver costumes for infants, toddlers, children and adults.
Autumn Johnson October 04, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Thanks, @Danville Mom. I am going to also post this info on Facebook.
Pleasantonjoy October 08, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Two Cadette Girl Scouts are also collecting gently used or new costumes as part of their Silver Award. Costumes should be non violent and age appropriate for children ages 3-12 years old. Donated costumes will go to the homeless and families dealing with domestic violence issues. Costumes can be dropped off no later than Wednesday, October 17th to the bin located in the front office of Fairlands Elementary School or you can bring them to the Fairlands Fall Festival Saturday, October 13th 2:00pm-5:00pm, both locations are 4151 W. Las Positas Blvd., Pleasanton.
Autumn Johnson October 08, 2012 at 08:34 PM
This is great! I will post it on Facebook for you. We would love for you to post this in our free event listings as well: http://pleasanton.patch.com/events/new
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