Start the Fall and Hallogreen® season by saving money and the planet with the EEK-O FREAKY COSTUME SWAP.

Eek-O Freaky Costume SwapThis year Green Halloween® has declared Saturday, October 9th as National Costume Swap Day, and Daytona Beach is happy to embrace the celebration.

The very community oriented First Presbyterian Church of Daytona Beach (http://fpcdaytona.org) has offered us the opportunity to host our Eek-O Freaky Costume Swap in Edris Hall, located inside the church at 620 S Grandview Avenue, Daytona Beach, 32118.

Infants, adults, and kids, too, are ALL INVITED (and if you have some doggie costumes, bring those. Great way to fill the Eek-O criteria for the Hallogreen(R) event’s Eek-O Dog Costume Contest.) Drop off your costumes between 3pm and 4pm, and swap ‘em from 4pm to 6pm. *Costumes must be in good condition with no tares or stains. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL…

Kid’s, age 1 to 13 years, can enter to win the ChicoBag™ art contest by drawing a design that best captures the “Spirit of a Green Halloween®” using the provided ChicoBag™ design template and medium of choice. Contest ends on November 1st, and contestants can win $250 personal money, and the same for their schools.

WHY?

“It may seem early to be talking about Halloween, but one of the best ways to celebrate green is by planning ahead.

In 2009, $4.75 billion was expected to be spent by consumers for Halloween. And you can bet that this spending ultimately results in a lot of waste, some of which is attributed to costumes.

Swapping half the costumes that kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equal to the weight of 2500 mid-sized cars, says Bob Lilienfield of Use-Less-Stuff.com.

Millions of parents buy new costumes each year wanting to fulfill their childrens’ fantasies. But like a wedding day, in general, costumes are worn once, then thrown away. Relatively small numbers are kept in dress up boxes and reused or donated to thrift shops. Most are likely sent to the dump.

So this year, why not make a boo-ti-ful Halloween resolution, and swap…”

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors ofCelebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at http://celebrategreen.net

Help us promote the Swap by RSVPing (if you can) via our Facebook event page, and  join “Green Halloween of Daytona Beach” on Facebook!

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