If you want to save some money this Halloween, consider going green by making your child’s costume, hosting a costume swap or buying a "recycled” costume from a local thrift store.
Kids love homemade costumes, and crafty parents can take pride in creating something amazing based on their imaginations.
Here are some local stores that sell crafts where parents can purchase supplies:
- Dollar Tree in Artesia
- Dollar Tree in Cerritos
- Allstate Floral & Craft
- Target Greatland
Other craft shops in nearby communities:
- Michaels at Long Beach Towne Center
- Alin Party Supply in Lakewood
- Party City at Long Beach Towne Center
Host a Costume Swap
Hosting a costume swap is another great way to keep old costumes out of landfills. Have a party with a small group such as a preschool class, church group or scout troop.
- For a list of preschools or churches, click here to access the Cerritos-Artesia Patch directory.
Get a Recycled Costume
Thrift stores offer an array of inexpensive “recycled” costumes for everyone from babies to adults, as well as a large selection of new costumes, masks, hats and Halloween makeup. You can also find used decorations such as pumpkin-shaped votive holders and Halloween-themed candles at a fraction of the price you would pay for new ones.
- Click here to access a list of local Goodwill locations, including the Cerritos store at 10745 South St.
Be Green When You Decorate
Decorate the outside of your home in an environmentally friendly way with pumpkins, squash and dried corn stalks, which can all be composted when the holiday is over.
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