Costume swap day for Halloween

Websites Macaroni Kid Coon Rapids, Anoka and Maple Grove are partnering with local businesses to bring a Halloween costume swap day event to the area.

According to Michelle Elliott, publisher/editor of the Coon Rapids website, a costume swap is recycling at its most fun.

“Kids get new-to-them costumes and parents get to save money and the planet,” Elliott said.

Through the efforts of a grassroots, non-profit known as Green Halloween®, families in the area are being invited to take a greener approach to Halloween.

With a north metro swap event in Anoka and drop off locations throughout the north metro, costume drop-off and swapping is sure to be convenient for local parents, Elliott said.

“It may seem like a small thing, but this event is about bringing the community together, raising awareness and showing our children a better way to celebrate,” said Cheri Kotenbeutel, publisher/editor of Macaroni Kid Maple Grove.

Macaroni Kid announced the drop off locations on its websites and parents could drop off costumes during the week of Oct. 8.

In exchange for costume(s) parents will be given a swap ticket to be brought back for the event Oct. 13 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Anoka Middle School for the Arts.

There will be activities for the kids, vendors for the parents and more.

Left-over costumes will be available for purchase after 2 p.m. for $5 each.

Costume donations are also being accepted from local businesses.

Contact Elliott at 763-226-4369, michellee@macaronikid.com or Kotenbeutelat 763-286-3433, cherik@macaronikid.com to donate new or used costumes.

Elliott, a Coon Rapids mother of three, launched Macaroni Kid Coon Rapids, Blaine, Andover in May 2010 and Macaroni Kid Anoka, St. Francis, Ham Lake in January 2011.

Kotenbeutel, a Champlin mother of three, started Macaroni Kid Maple Grove, Champlin, Brooklyn Park in January 2011.

Parents can sign up to receive their weekly newsletters by visiting: www.coonrapids.macaronikid.com, www.maplegrove.macaronikid.com or www.anoka.macaronikid.com.

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