By: Ashley Pace
Most store-bought Halloween costumes cost $20-$60 per person and are made of cheap polyester materials that are thrown away after a single wear. Instead of going for the quick grab at the party store, consider these eek-o-friendly alternatives to save some green and give those costumes a second life.
- Host a costume swap: Whether in person or online, encourage your friends, family and neighbors to share their previously used Halloween costumes. Some neighborhoods even host community-wide events! Check local libraries, recreation centers or event pages for swaps near you.
- Use what you have: Get creative with clothing you already own and will wear again after Halloween is over. Look for inspiration and get crafty to make what you don’t already have.
- New to you: If hosting a swap or DIYing a costume aren’t for you, shop for costumes that are pre-loved. Use the Austin Reuse Directory to look for thrift stores near you or change the condition filter to used on your preferred online shopping platform. A costume doesn't have to be new to be 'new to you.'