Where Do Halloween Costumes Go to Die?

Posted: October 31, 2012 in In My Life, Tools and Tips
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I had big plans for Halloween this year—not for what I was going to wear (I already figured that out), but for what I was going to buy after Halloween was over.

I’m dazzled by all the cool stuff in those Halloween superstores. They’ve got costumes, and makeup, and props, all of which is unavailable or expensive during most of the year. So this year, as I was walkin through the aisles—prior to starting my pledge off plastic—I said, this is the year I’m going to splurge. After Halloween is over, I’m going to clean out a bunch of the clearance in preparation for throwing a Halloween extravaganza next year.

‘Twas not to be. Virtually everything at those Halloween stores contains plastic. The props are made almost entirely of plastic. The costumes have all kinds of synthetic fibers. The smaller stuff, like costume makeup, comes in plastic containers. It’s a lot of plastic.

And all this plastic got me to thinking: Where does all this stuff go once Halloween is over? For consumers, it’s probably bound fo the closet, never to be worn again until eventually donated to Goodwill. What do stores do with all the Halloween stuff, though?

I did a little searching online, but I couldn’t find anything about what stores like Spirit and Halloween Express do with all their costumes. I suppose the same is true of any other holiday supplies, like those for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You’d think it’s in the interest of stores to sell that stuff, but I have a sneaking suspicion that much of it is just thrown away or incinerated. It’s expensive to ship products back to a warehouse and pay to store them for a year.

And then there’s all that candy. One of my coworkers keeps a basket of mixed candy outside his desk, and, for better or worse, I’ve had to give it up. All that candy comes in plastic bags, and a lot of the paper is coated in a thin layer of plastic to preserve the sweets inside. My stomach is sad, but my waistline is happy.

Don’t mind me, I’ll just be here, munching on granola.

There are already lots of bloggers who have written about how to have an eco-friendly halloween. The plastic coalition has a good list of recommendations. I think one of the best things you can do is just get the most use out of those costumes and props. Don’t be spooked by purchasing used costumes or making your own.

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  2. Frances says:

    And here I thought I was the only one wondering where these costumes and containers go after people buy them from stores such as the Halloween superstore BuyCostumes.com and enjoy them during the Halloween celebration.

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