Shorewood parks department hosting costume exchange
BY CLARE WALTERS Correspondent September 27, 2013 9:26PM
The winners in the second- and third-grade competition of the 2001 Shorewood Lions Club Halloween party costume contest were (from left) Amelia Koren, as raggedy ann, first place; George Limacher, mad-eye moody, second place and Alaina Sebring, claw machi
Updated: October 30, 2013 6:27AM
Shorewood parents might be able to save time and money when looking for their kids’ Halloween costumes this year.
For the first time, the village’s parks and recreation department is hosting a costume-trading event that will allow residents to trade in gently used costumes for ones that are new to them.
Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce President Denise Schmidt, who is organizing the costume exchange, said the effort is modeled after a program run in Plainfield for the last few years.
“Shorewood’s and Plainfield’s parks departments have been very cooperative in their planning,” she said. “We’ve just duplicated the program with their blessing.”
To get involved in the exchange, residents simply have to bring their unwanted costumes to Shorewood Village Hall, 1 Towne Center Blvd., by Oct. 16. For each costume turned in, the donor will receive a numbered ticket entitling him or her to choose another costume during the trade from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 19, also at the village hall.
If a costume is missing a piece or two, that’s OK, Schmidt said.
“Just pin a note to it saying what’s missing,” she said.
Tickets received for donating a costume will dictate the order in which an individual will get to choose a costume. Some of those donating costumes might not intend to choose one, Schmidt said.
“Some are just donating and saying just to give the ticket to a family in town that can use it,” she said. “It helps people who have a challenge this year to get a new costume for their children.”
A few costumes already have made their way into the trade, but Schmidt said she expects many more as residents begin to think about Halloween and children begin making costume requests.
“Between the candy and the costumes in stores, it’s starting to catch in everyone’s minds,” she said.
As parents debate the merits of buying (fast and easy) or making a costume (perhaps cheaper, but time-consuming), Schmidt said she wants them to think of the exchange as the perfect solution.
“This way you can cut both of those out,” she said. “We think it’s just the ultimate in recycling.”
For more information, call 815-725-2150.