How to Dispose of Your Halloween Costume

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We hope you had a fun and safe Halloween! Now that you’re done with your costume, read this week’s bonus #TipThursday to learn how to properly dispose of it and ensure it doesn’t end up in the landfills.


Keep your costume as is:

  • If you worked really hard on your costume, ask yourself if you’d wear it again in the future. For example, if you wore the costume at a friend’s party, perhaps you can recycle it for a work Halloween event next year. If you think you can wear it again, keep it in your storage.

  • If you don’t see yourself wearing the costume again, ask your family or friends if they’d like it for next year.

Upcycle or downcycle your costume:

  • Upcycle your costume: creatively determine how you can re-wear, or re-incorporate your costume into your wardrobe. For example, if you used a black dress with rips in it for a witch costume, see if you can put patches over the dress to make it a statement piece, or cut it and turn it into a basic black t-shirt. Have fun with it!

  • Downcycle your costume: creatively diminish the value of the costume to suit your needs. For example, if your outfit used a lot of fabrics that had holes or rips in it, you could turn it into a rag, or create stuffing for one of your pillows.

Donate your costume:

  • If you went all out and made a crazy costume with props, ask your local theatre or production company if they want it, or will take pieces of it.

  • If you absolutely cannot give away, upcycle or downcycle your costume, you can put it in a donation bin. As stated in our previous post, donation bins are different from donation centres, because the companies behind the bins make money off each material they sell. This means they’re incentivized to find a home for each piece and ensure it doesn’t go to our landfills.