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How to Host a Halloween Costume Swap Party


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.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Minimal

Here's How:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Prepare the party food and decorate. (If you really want to keep things simple, ask everyone to bring a dish to share).
  4. Greet your guests as they arrive, and exchange their costumes for raffle tickets (one ticket per costume).
  5. Display all the costumes on tables or clothing racks. Separate them by size and gender, if you have a large selection.
  6. Give everyone time to look through the costumes.
  7. 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.
  8. Send your happy partygoers on their way. Then, do it again next year.


  1. Schedule your swap for September or early October, so everyone will have a new costume at the beginning of the Halloween season
  2. If you decide to throw a small swap party, try to invite people with kids that are the same age as yours
  3. 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:

  • Invitations
  • Party Food
  • Tables or clothing racks
  • Raffle tickets
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