Local organizations giving away free costumes for the community


(WBNG) – It’s officially Halloween season and many people across the nation are picking out their costumes to celebrate.

However, for some families, buying costumes can be too expensive, so local organizations are finding ways to give every child the chance to dress up.

The United Way of Broome County and the Broome County Public Library are both collecting slightly used or even brand new costumes as a way to give back to the community.

“Halloween costumes can sometimes cost, $20, $30, $40, sometimes $50. That’s a lot of money for an outfit that a child is going to wear for a few hours, once a year,” said Jacqueline Gerchman, the executive director of the United Way of Broome County.

This is the second year in a row that United Way of Broome County is collecting costumes for the community.

Last year, they gave away 130 costumes to families who may have gone without a costume on Halloween.

“Some are gently used, some are brand new. and we decided to do it again this year because of the response from last year,” said Gerchman.

So far this year, the organization has collected more than 200 costumes donated from the community.

“It’s been a phenomenal outpouring of participation from the community,” said Gerchman.

This year, United Way isn’t alone. The Broome County Public Library is holding their first ever “Halloween Costume Swap”.

Residents can donate their slightly used costumes to the library and can select a new costume on October 17.

“Kids are always growing out of costumes so we thought we could help the community by giving them an alternative to buying a new costume and we also thought it was a good way to recycle and to reuse,” said Sherry Kowalski, head of information services at the Broome County Public Library.

For residents, both giveaways are free to participate but organizers say the best part is seeing the reaction from the kids getting to pick their costumes.

United Way is still collecting costumes until Friday October 5th. They will be giving away costumes on October 6 at 9 a.m. The event is first come, first serve and adults must bring their child to the event. For more information, click here.

The Broome County Public Library is collecting costumes until October 13. Anyone who wishes to swap costumes must ask for a voucher that can be used on October 17.

For more information, call (607) 778-6451 or click here.

Tyler Brown

Tyler Brown

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