National Costume Swap Day

There’s nothing more fun than putting on a costume and becoming another person for a few hours, especially when you’re dressing up as familiar heroes or archetypes from the past. It doesn’t matter if you’re dressing up as a knight in shining armor, as a princess, or as a pirate captain, there’s something inherently exciting about dressing up.

The only limiting factor is your ability to purchase a new costume. Fortunately, there’s a holiday that encourages all of us to swap costumes with one another to extend our fantasy closet. This holiday is called National Costume Swap Day and it’s a day that’s observed on the second Saturday in October-right before Halloween!

The History Of National Costume Swap Day

This holiday was created in 2010 by Green Halloween-a holiday that is designed to encourage people to swap costumes with each other to reduce waste and to save people money. Swapping costumes is a green way for people to extend their fantasy closets, but do it without it having a massive impact on the environment or their wallet.

How To Host A Costume Swap Party

A great way to celebrate this holiday is by throwing a costume swap party. And putting one together isn’t as difficult as you might think. Below are some tips for throwing a costume swap party that people will enjoy and will talk about for many years to come.

  • Set your party on the second Saturday in October at a reasonable enough time for everyone to attend.
  • Make sure that you have a large enough location for everyone to gather and parade around with their costumes.
  • Only bring a costume that you’re willing to part with.
  • Make a plan for what you’ll do if there aren’t enough sizes for everyone.

Observing National Costume Swap Day

This is a great holiday for people to get together with friends, family members, and neighbors to swap costumes with one another. It can even be turned into a costume-swapping party where each person brings one costume that they would like to swap with other people. While observing this holiday, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalCostumeSwapDay to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2023)
October 14 Saturday
Next year (2024)
October 12 Saturday
Last year (2022)
October 8 Saturday
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