Halloween Costume Exchange Party
In times of economic uncertainty, many of us are cutting expense yet looking for creative ways to maintain a full and vibrant life style. For years, Americans have gone all out for Halloween celebrations often sparing no expense in assembling frighteningly elaborate costumes and accessories. There is really no need for Halloween 2014 to be the year of the ghost. Re-fold your old sheets and get ready to double your fun. In addition to your annual Halloween party festivities, host a pre-Halloween costume exchange party.
A successful costume exchange party needs rules.
- All costumes must be clean and in wearable condition
- Costumes must be rip and stain free, with working zippers, no missing buttons, etc.
- Costumes should be neatly hung on hangars, clearly labeled with costume name and size, with all accessories neatly bundled in a clear, large, labeled ziplock bag and attached to the hangar with the costume.
- Some people skip the hangars and have guests simply place their costumes in piles on tables like at a garage sale. Personally, this organization style is way to chaotic for our tastes.
- If possible spread out – place women's costumes in one room, children's costumes in another, men's costume's in a third room, and random accessories such as boas, shoes, jewelry in a seperate area
- Guests are entitled to a 1:1 exchange by area
- ie. Contribute 1 children's costume, take 1 children's costume. Bringing 3 boas does NOT entitle you to take 3 women's costumes, just 3 accessories.
What you need to host a Halloween Costume Exchange Party
Halloween Costume Exchange Party Invitations
Most Halloween invitations can be customized although we do recommend choosing an invitation that showcases a variety of costume ideas. Here are a few of our favorites but be sure to check out Party Idea Pros Halloween Party Invitations for a peek at more of our favorite Halloween invitations. Many of the invitations come in a variety of colors but since this is not the actual Halloween Party, maybe choose colors other than black and orange for your costume exchange gathering. Personalize them to clearly announce this is a costume exchange party.
Monster Bash Halloween Party Invitations – Light Pear | Ladybug, Fish and Alligator Costume Party Invitations – Lavender | Costume Party Halloween Invites – Azure | Costume Party Halloween Party Invitation
Halloween Party Invitations – Costume Fun – Ann Kelle | Super Hero, Witch & Angel Halloween Party Invitations | Kids Halloween Costume Invitation | Halloween Party Invitations – Tiny Tricksters – Magnolia Press
Don't forget the stamp!
With a red marker, add an “S” in front of the word “Witch”
Keep the party simple. Remember the goal here is to save, not spend money!
Halloween Costume Exchange Party Supplies, Food and Drink
Stick to Apple Cider, hot or cold and some Halloween cookies or cupcakes and maybe some healthier finger food alternatives like vegetables and red pepper hummus dip. All you really need are the dessert plates and napkins from the party kits featured. Save the rest of your holiday decor for your actual Halloween Party! The costumes themselves will serve as decoration.
Costume Exchange Supplies
Consider dividing the costs between all participants. Even if it costs each family $20.00 it is still way less expensive than purchasing or even making new costumes for the entire family!
Be sure to also provide some extra ziplock baggies, sharpies, and a plenty of costume tags (basically hole punched strips of paper with a short string that guests can slip over their hangers to identify their costume ( ie lion, sexy snow white, or zombie) and its size. (Men's large, women's medium, teen 6, child 2)
PartyIdeaPros.com Free Online Halloween Costume Exchange Party!
And now for something bit out there. PartyIdeaPros.com is going to attempt to host our own Online Halloween Costume Exchange Party. We will see how it goes. The whole idea may flop but we think it is worth a try. It will start in September 2014, exactly date TBD. This should ensure that all costumes will be received before Halloween. If we post your costume online, you basically agree to give your slightly used costume to someone else out of the goodness of your heart whether or not you find a costume you like in exchange. You also agree to absorb the costs of shipping and in return when you find a costume you like, your shipping costs will be paid for by the sender. Only individuals who have posted a costume are eligible to be to request an exchange. You also understand that Party Idea Pros assumes absolutely no liability. All trades are independent transactions between knowledgeable and willing participants. We take absolutely no responsibility for the condition of the costumes or any other details posted.
Here are the rules:
This is an exchange only. Absolutely no money shall change hands. All costumes will be mailed in a USPS flat rate box with the postage absorbed by the shipper.
If you choose to put your costume up for exchange, you must register to attend the Costume Exchange Party by emailing us with as much pertinent information as possible including a picture of the costume, the costume name, size, intended sex, and costume condition. (ie BuyCostumes.com‘s Lion Costume, Toddler Boy, size 4T, good condition, dime size grape juice stain on toe. Face paint not included.) Also please include your preferred contact email address.
PartyIdeaPros.com will assign your costume a random identification number. We will not include your email address in the posting. Instead, anyone interested in your costume will need to Email us with the identification number and then we will try to match the two of you up via email. All exchanges will be on a first come first served basis. And once matched your costume will be marked exchange pending until you notify us that the item was shipped. If for some reason the trade is not completed (ie the receiver found another costume she preferred or decided to buy the costume new) we will re-list the costume.
Only registered attendees of the Costume Exchange Party will be eligible to request an exchange. Once you find a costume you want, just Email us with the costume identification number and if your email is received first we will put you directly in touch with the person offering the costume. If you were a bit slow to contact us, we will let you know that too, ASAP.
Please be respectful and kind. Remember everyone involved in PartyIdeaPros.com's Costume Exchange Party is doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. No one is making a dime and no one is a costume professional. Some of the costumes offered for exchange will be store bought, others home made. Most will be gently used. Very few will arrive in perfect condition although all costumes must be clean and in good repair, unless otherwise disclosed. Remember people, these are free costumes.
Absolutely no spam will be tolerated. If we suspect your email is spam, PartyIdeaPros.com will not only not register you for the party, we will not add your costume to the exchange.
Let the 2014 Halloween Costume Exchange Party begin! Email us Today!
For those of you living in Southern California …
Karen Kang from AccessoryGeeks.com submitted this costume exchange opportunity. Hopefully, they will be hosting their fourth annual Costume Exchange in 2014. Will keep you posted as we hear the details.