Swap costumes Sunday

Our Big Earth (OBE) and the Comox Community Centre have got a fun, economic, creative and light-on-the-earth solution for you — the 2011 OBE Halloween Costume Swap.

SWAPPING HALLOWEEN COSTUMES is described as a fun

SWAPPING HALLOWEEN COSTUMES is described as a fun

Are the dark corners of your storage room a little spookier than usual?

Do they come complete with piles of too-small, underused or long-forgotten costumes, bits and bobbles of Halloweens past?

Do you have no desire to spend tons of time and money fighting the crowds (and your kids) to score another costume that will end up in that cobwebby pile?

Our Big Earth (OBE) and the Comox Community Centre have got a fun, economic, creative and light-on-the-earth solution for you — the 2011 OBE Halloween Costume Swap.

As a part of the OBE Go Green For Halloween campaign, they’ve got your back in the costume department this year.

Spend a fun early October Sunday afternoon with other parents and kids looking to discover some great finds and get rid of that never-to-be-worn-again (by you) box of costumes, accessories and more in the spirit of upcycling.

“Everyone has a stash of costumes from Halloweens gone by that they don’t use any more,” said organizer Robin Rivers. “We’re putting those old costumes to good use and making them new to you while helping families save money and live lightly.”

The event will be held Oct. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Comox Community Centre.

Costumes and accessories to be traded can be dropped off at the Community Centre all day Saturday and up until half an hour before the event on Sunday.

There is a $2 admission (kids are free). Organizers are also asking that you bring a non-perishable food item for the Comox Valley Food Bank.

Get all of the details on the local costume swap at Ourbigearth.com.

How it works: Come and bring your costumes to exchange and trade with the group. You will get an exchange ticket at the door for every costume you bring in that allows you to go home with a new-to-you costume for your kids. If you come without a costume to trade, you’ll be charged a flat fee of $7 at the door (cash only) and you can pick out a costume.

The OBE Halloween Costume exchange is a part of the Green Halloween National Costume Swap Day celebration, where communities throughout North America are helping families save money, create a stronger sense of community and live lightly on the Earth this Halloween. Check out all of the cool ideas for eeeko-friendliness at Greenhalloween.org

— Our Big Earth

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