Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Halloween Costumes From Rubbish Removal Items This Year, Next Year, and Every Year

When Clearabee comes by for your rubbish removal, be it a man with a van or a beebag, you will be heartened to know that much of this "rubbish" is turned into new found treasure! There's no better example of this than taking a trip to the thrift store for your Halloween costume(s) this year!

Fall is here! It's snuggle season with the cooler temperatures. The trees are turning spectacular sunset colors. And... the hallmark of the season is the small army of superheroes, witches, vampires, ghouls, and pumpkin dogs that roam our streets in search of free sugary treats. It's also a fine time for grown up costume parties

The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts that 179 million Americans will participate in Halloween activities in 2017. 48.2 percent, or about eighty-six million, of these Halloween celebrants will be decked out in a costume! The numbers are likely similar in the UK.

Unfortunately, Halloween is not like it used to be when mum and dad helped the kids put together a costume from scrap materials around the house. No, the "new tradition" for the majority of families, for about two decades, has been to go buy a brand new costume and then toss it in the rubbish removal pile the day after Halloween after only a single wearing! Even though Clearabee is able to recycle or upcycle about ninety percent of their rubbish removal, there's still something you can do to decrease the waste going into our landfills even more!

Take a trip to the thrift shop, charity shop, or second hand store to put together a totally unique costume. Here are some ideas on how to create an eye popping halloween costume that will make you a Halloween star.

- Dress From a Different Decade

Dressing in the style of another decade is a type of Halloween costume that is always a hit. It's also the type of costume that is easy to find at a thrift store or a vintage clothing store. Are you going to a grown up costume party? How about a darling cocktail dress from the 1950s or a glam flapper dress from the 1920s? Do you miss groovin' under the disco lights? How about finding an old plaid leisure suit with bell bottom pants and funky white shoes? If you don't want to re-style your hair, you can hunt for a suitable anachronistic wig!

- Pick a Profession

This is a good strategy for kids who aspire to be a certain profession when they grow up. Do they want to be a doctor or a nurse? Find a white coat or some scrubs. If they want to be a mad scientist, in addition to the white coat, find some thick rimmed glass frames and wild up the hair! Look for some scientific paraphernalia for props like test tubes or simply a notebook labelled "Lab Notes." If they want to be a lawyer, find an old brief case and a suit. How about a professional football player? Find a helmet and a uniform. Just for fun, what about an spooky undertaker? Find all black clothing and an odd looking bottle you can label, "Embalming Fluid." Some kids may have no idea what they want to be when they grow up but picking out a "career costume" may get them thinking about it.

- Get Creative

A thrift store in Denver Colorado had people model the costumes they came up with items from their store for the local ABC TV affiliate. They were quite clever and some of the ideas may inspire you. They had a little boy with a hooded sweatshirt being Eliot from the movie ET. They attached the handles and basket of a small bike to his sweat shirt and found a stuffed ET toy to put in the basket. Quite adorable! They had a woman wearing a fringed old fashioned lamp shade to represent the leg lamp from The Christmas Story. Another woman was dressed as Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus. She wore a black dress they had embellished will all sorts of cute patches and buttons, plus a cute stuffed gecko on her shoulder.

By the way, did you know that Ms. Frizzle has a cousin who owns and operates a recycling plant? Murph is his name and he knows what to do with
rubbish removal!

Here's another Halloween costume solution you can find at thrift stores:

You can often find fully made used costumes that found their way into thrift stores when Clearabee takes their rubbish removal items to a way station that they know will place these items in a thrift store to be used again instead of the landfill. The trick is to SHOP EARLY because these ready made costumes will go fast. This is useful way to get a low impact costume if your kid is dead set on being a trademarked superhero like Superman, Spiderman, Wonderwoman, Thor, or Captain America since these would be very hard to create from scratch. You can often find other iconic costumes that would be hard to copy exactly such as SpongeBob, Pink Panther, Winnie the Pooh, or Tweety Bird.

Happy Halloween everyone and stay safe out there!


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