The Great Costume Swap

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Halloween season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a costume swap - the NEPA Costume Swap.

According to Americans for Tax Reform, each year, parents spend $1 billion on costumes for Halloween. On average, for the estimated 41 million trick-or-treaters, each child wears a costume costing almost $25. And, once they've been worn for a few hours, those costumes usually end up in a local landfill.

Those factors - money and waste - are what is motiving the costume swap.

Hosted by Eventful Moms, a new lifestyle blog focusing on frugal living, recipes, connecting moms, and family-friendly events in NEPA, and sponsored by YMCA and The Shoppes at Montage, The NEPA Costume Swap will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the former Famous Footwear store at the Shoppes at Montage.

To participate, simply visit your local YMCA (Pittston, Wilkes-Barre, Carbondale and Dunmore) through Friday, Oct. 12, to drop off a gently used Halloween Costume (can be kids, adults or pet) and receive an Eventful Moms token good for another gently used Halloween costume at the swap.

Have multiple costumes? You'll receive a token for each costume you swap. Don't have a costume to swap? Costumes may be purchased for $3.

"We're trying to help families save money and help the environment," said Jenna Urban. "It's kind of silly to be buying costumes every year that kids only wear once."

Eventful Moms has partnered with Green Halloween to celebrate National Costume Swap Day on Saturday, Oct. 13, at The Shoppes at Montage.

The swap will include the following activities: free face painting and balloon creations by Cosmo & Connie, free scoop of Italian Ice from Tara Jenkins Ices, crafts for the kids, vendors from local area businesses, and a basket raffle with proceeds going to Dress for Success.

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