If your kids love Halloween as much as ours do, then conversations like “For Halloween this year, I want to be…” start around July. The actual BUYING of the costumes comes a bit later after they’ve changed their minds a few more times! It doesn’t take long before old costumes, props, and dress up clothes start to accumulate and take up precious space in closets, drawers, and playrooms. And if we’re really being honest – you probably still have the legwarmers and Reebok high tops you wore to that 80’s party a few years ago 😉
To stay organized, we suggest using hangers for dresses or anything with tulle and delicate details. This will prevent wrinkling and damage, and also keep them in better condition to be donated later. Props, jewelry, and play makeup are perfect candidates for labeled bins and these zippered pouches we love!
If you’re ready to purge and give those costumes a second life, here are some local resources that will take them gently used.
- 01Infant Crisis
Costumes up to size 4T
- 02Lyric Theater OKC
Adult Costumes (i.e. vintage formalwear, jewelry, uniforms, dress shoes)
- 03Once Upon a Child
Halloween costumes, dance recital costumes, tap/ballet/jazz shoes
Costumes of all sizes
Facebook is also a great place to find community groups that are looking for donations like these (including prom dresses) to ensure kids with fewer resources still get to experience these rights of childhood passage in style.