Spooky season is officially upon us, and what better way to spread the holiday spirit than to donate your gently used or never-worn Halloween costumes to children in need? After all, every kid deserves to have fun, quirky, and scary costumes in order to take part in this year's spooky celebrations. If you are like me and have a bunch of Halloween costumes that you know you aren't going to use again, consider donating them to one of the amazing organizations listed below.
'Ween Dream is a nonprofit organization located in the greater New Orleans area whose mission is to provide Halloween costumes to children all across the US. Since its inception in 2014, 'Ween Dream has collected over 13,000 Halloween costumes across 38 states to ensure that children of all demographics - including those with disabilities or serious medical conditions or who are facing homelessness - have a happy Halloween every year.
'Ween Dream accepts costumes that are in good condition as long as they have been thoroughly washed and dried before being sent in. For more information on how to donate, visit 'Ween Dream's website.
Halloween Helpers, a nonprofit organization based in Pennsylvania, was started in 2008 by an 11-year-old child who wanted to ensure that all children in the US and beyond had access to Halloween costumes each year. To date, Halloween Helpers has collected over 10,000 Halloween costumes and has shared the Halloween spirit with children all across the world. Halloween Helpers accepts gently used costumes from all 50 states.
If you'd like to donate to Halloween Helpers, visit Halloween Helpers' website.
Dress Up the House
Dress Up the House raises funds to help spread Halloween cheer by buying wish-list costumes for families at Ronald McDonald Houses. The organization collects some gently used and unopened costumes, which are then "added to [Dress Up the House's] Poshmark Closet for resale with all profits going towards the current fundraiser," according to the organization's website.
For more information on how to donate, visit Dress Up the House's website.
If you are looking to donate your Halloween costumes but would like to do give them to somewhere a little closer to home, consider reaching out to your local children's hospital. By donating your new or gently used costumes to your local children's hospital, you are giving kids in your community who are unable to go trick-or-treating the chance to dress up and experience the spooky joy that comes with Halloween.