Wouldn't it be great if you could magically turn last year's Halloween costumes into the costumes that your kids want this year? Host a Halloween swap party, and you can do just that.
Time Required: Minimal
- Decide how big you want your swap to be. It could be a small gathering of friends or a big community-wide event. Just remember: the more people you invite, the more costumes you'll have to choose from.
- Settle on a date and location. Then, send out invitations with all the details. Be sure to let everyone know that it's okay (great even) to bring more than one costume.
- Prepare the party food and decorate. (If you really want to keep things simple, ask everyone to bring a dish to share).
- Greet your guests as they arrive, and exchange their costumes for raffle tickets (one ticket per costume).
- Display all the costumes on tables or clothing racks. Separate them by size and gender, if you have a large selection.
- Give everyone time to look through the costumes.
- Then, call out the first raffle number, and invite the lucky ticket holder to pick out the first costume. Continue calling out numbers until all of the costumes have been claimed.
- Send your happy partygoers on their way. Then, do it again next year.
- Schedule your swap for September or early October, so everyone will have a new costume at the beginning of the Halloween season
- If you decide to throw a small swap party, try to invite people with kids that are the same age as yours
- Not sold on the idea of using raffle tickets? Make it a free-for-all or devise another way of determining who gets what
What You Need
- Party Food
- Tables or clothing racks
- Raffle tickets