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National Costume Swap Day and Launch the First National Costume Swap Day Canada on October 13th

After Two Successful Seasons in the U.S., National Costume Swap Day and Launch the First National Costume Swap Day Canada on October 13th

Halifax, N.S. – September 6, 2012

This year, every kid’s favorite holiday got a little more parent and planet-friendly with the launch of National Costume Swap Day™ Canada. 

In its first year north of 49, National Costume Swap Day Canada (October 13), calls for everyone to go green for Halloween by organizing local kids costume swaps in their communities. Kids get new-to-them costumes, and parents save money and the planet by recycling princess gowns, witches hats, and superhero capes from years past.

This fun, practical and super savvy event got started in 2010 in the U.S. with 73 swaps in 23 states and Canada – exploding onto the scene, featured on local TV and other media around the country as well as on Good Morning America.

Anyone can list a swap for free and parents seeking swaps in their area can find them at, also at no cost.

Seeking to align themselves with like-minded brands, National Costume Swap Day Canada has partnered with, Canada’s leading online buy-sell-website with local and regional sites across the country.

“A costume swap is recycling at its most creative, practical and fun,” said Robin Rivers, Director of National Costume Swap Day Canada “It not only means that fewer resources are used to make new products, but also means less packaging and less waste, since costumes often are thrown in a box or tossed into the trash as soon as Halloween is over.”

In fact, swapping the costumes of only half of the children who celebrate Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equivalent to the weight of 2500 midsize cars. And that doesn’t even address adult costumes.

“The team at National Costume Swap Day Canada is bringing a new, healthier shade of green to Canadian kids and parents this Halloween,“ said Erin Richards of “We are thrilled to support this exciting shift in Halloween tradition which is connecting families in towns across Canada in the spirit of recycling and building community, while having a great time!”.

National Costume Swap Day Canada is a program of National Costume Swap Day (
For tips on how to organize a costume swap, or to find a swap in your area, visit the National Costume Swap Day Canada website at

About National Costume Swap Day Canada:
National Costume Swap Day™Canada creates that touch point for families today where putting what we already have in our closets, basements and attics to good use in a way that is charming, engaging and fun. In 2012, swaps will be held across the country on Oct. 12 and 13.

The movement is based on a simple premise – trading costumes at Halloween instead of buying new ones. It doesn’t take anything away from the nostalgia and warmth of Halloween traditions. It creates a new one built into a holiday that children love.

About is a Canadian-owned network of classifieds sites. Founded in 2003, is comprised of 50 city sites in Canada and is free to use and easy to navigate. is founded on the values of recycling and repurposing items that may otherwise end up in the landfill. They believe in helping communities downsize or upscale their homes, cars and closets in order to reduce garbage and help those in need. This family-friendly sensibility is also found in their charitable outreach, specifically in their Community Angel Program. Through their presence at community events and partnerships with non-profits, strives to be hyper local in order to maintain a network of sites that reflect their users.

Media Contacts:

Erin Richards/
250.381.3633 ext. 3291

Robin Rivers/National Costume Swap Day™ Canada