Thursday, September 13, 2012

Halloween is just around the corner

The kids are back in school. Your schedule is almost all yours for at least a few hours every day. Coffees are sipped while still hot. Life is good.

Then, you have visions of Halloween.

Before you gulp hard thinking up ways to distract your 7-year-old long enough to keep her away from the Monster High costumes or how to stomach another $40 bucks for plastic masks and same-same off-the-rack getups from those big box stores destined for a box under the stairs, ease back into that comfy café chair across from your favorite pals and split another of those sweet chocolate brownies with them. There is magic in the air.

You look down into your nearly empty latte that you drank surprisingly uninterrupted by tiny people and realize that all of this Halloween costume craziness could be avoided this year. If only someone in your town would host one of those very cool costume swaps that everyone is talking about over at National Costume Swap Day™ Canada.

That’s when you pitch it to the smiling moms around you – let’s be the ones to host a costume swap!

No one disagrees. This is sweet genius. Get rid of old costumes? Stay out of the costume aisle at the store? Save some serious cash? Friends and neighbors will envy the simple brilliance of it all.

But…(there’s always a but) Won’t it be a lot of work?

No way. There’s some organizing, a little advertising, a room to rent and costumes to trade. But, the coolest part is that the crew at National Costume Swap Day Canada make it a piece of cake for you to make this the most creative, fun and easy costume-buying season ever.

Plus, you can do something cool like use the proceeds to support your favorite local charity, share the adventure with some other fun, creative and brilliant moms and your kids may even vote you awesome (told you there was magic).

How do you do it?

It’s cake. Head on over to, check out the videos, the how-tos and all of the tools. Then, get planning, register your swap, and let the Halloween magic fly.

National Costume Swap Day Canada, presented by the very cool folks at, is Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. So, after you’ve caffeinated, head on out and plan your local swap today.

They even have this awsome contest going on right now!