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Costume swap Saturday

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IF YOU HAVE Elton John glasses you don't use anymore or some other Halloween costume, recycle instead of throwing away.
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Every kid’s favorite holiday just got a little more parent- and planet-friendly as Canadians from coast to coast are trading costumes as a part of National Costume Swap Day Canada.

Vancouver Island folks are bursting onto the swapping scene with swaps being held in Comox, Victoria, Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach and Campbell River this Saturday.

In its first year north of 49, National Costume Swap Day Canada turns little goblins and ghouls a healthier shade of green for Halloween by empowering communities to organize local costume swaps. Kids get awesome new-to-them costumes, and parents save money and live lighter on the Earth by recycling princess gowns, witches hats, and superhero capes exhumed from basement boxes.

It began in the U.S. three years ago and is now the go-to for Halloween coolness across North America.

“A costume swap is recycling at its most creative, practical and fun,” said Robin Rivers, national director of National Costume Swap Day Canada. “If you want to save money, awesome. If you want to go green, we’ve got your back.

"If you want to be the savviest mom on the block, this is the ticket because swapping costumes makes sense to people from every walk of life.”

Anyone can list a swap for free and parents looking for swaps in their area can find them at

National Costume Swap Day Canada has partnered with, Canada’s leading online buy-sell-website with local and regional sites across the country to get people swapping this season.

— National Costume Swap Day Canada

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