First annual costume swap is part of Trillium Creeks green agenda

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - This superhero was among the crowd seeking a better costume for this year's trick-or-treating.In just its second year of serving students, Trillium Creek Primary School is still building the traditions that make the grade-school years meaningful for students and their families.

This year, a successful Halloween costume swap made its debut, and the event’s success means it’s likely to make the cut and become a longstanding tradition.

Event organizer Charity Hudnut said the idea for the event grew organically as parents planned the school’s second annual Harvest Happenings gatherings, scheduled for this Friday.

“We always toss around ideas we can do,” Hudnut said. “We asked, ‘Why are we not doing a costume swap?’”

Hudnut registered the costume swap on, the website of an organization dedicated to encouraging sustainable Halloween celebrations. That mission fit well with Trillium parents, because the school itself is designed to be “green.” The school harnesses water, solar and wind power to reduce the its electricity use. A rooftop garden and a working garden on the school grounds further reduce the school’s carbon footprint.

The costume swap was held Oct. 18. A few parents donated used costumes before the event, and students and their families were invited to bring in gently used costumes to trade. Attendees without costumes to trade were asked to pay $2 before picking out a new costume. Students handed in costumes that had been outgrown physically or that just didn’t fit their style any longer.

About 100 students came to browse the costumes, Hudnut said. A few costumes remained as the event wound down, and the plan was to store them until next year’s swap rolls around.

“We’re excited about this first-time event and look forward to it being a tradition,” Trillium Principal Charlotte Morris said.

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