Local costume swaps, string light recycling, and tips for a greener Halloween!

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Costume Swaps, String Light Recycling, and Tips for a Green Halloween

Waste is spooky! Reduce Halloween waste with these local events and tips:


Halloween Costume Swaps

Save money and the environment by visiting (or organizing) a free costume swap!

  • Downtown Bremerton's Trick-or-Treat Street Costume Swap. Drop off last-year's costumes at two downtown Bremerton businesses and then return on October 12 to shop the free costume shop and outfit the whole family.
  • KidiMu Kids Discovery Museum's Halloween Costume Swap on Bainbridge Island. Available daily, October 1-30 during visiting hours.

If you can't attend these events, organize your own using these costume swap tips from Green Child Magazine. Or start an online swap on your neighborhood social media page. Simply post photos and sizes of the costumes you'd like to trade for something new!

kid in superhero costume

String-Light Recycling

Lowe's stores have started their string light recycling program early this year to accommodate eerie Halloween lights. Now until December 24, drop off broken string lights at the customer service desk and the metal will be recycled.

(We'll add more string light recycling programs to our What Do I Do With It? recycling search as the winter holidays approach.)

string lights

Hallow-Clean Litter Cleanup

The day after Halloween (a Friday this year) is a great day to walk your neighborhood streets and parks to pick up candy wrappers and other litter before winter rains wash them into the storm drains that lead to Puget Sound.

Invite other families to join you, let the kids wear their costumes, and turn it into a neighborhood Hallow-Clean parade!

If everyone in your group is 15 and older, we can help! The county Adopt-a-Road program provides litter bags, garbage grabbers, safety vests and signs, free waste disposal, and volunteer liability insurance for litter cleanup volunteers.

Leaf Storm Drain

Upcoming Seasonal Recycling Events

While we believe in celebrating one holiday at a time, here are a few upcoming recycling events to keep in mind as you plan for the winter holidays: 


Treecycling for Real Trees

Real Christmas trees can be easily recycled at one of the many seasonal tree drop-off sites sponsored by local troops, businesses, and organizations. Trees are chipped to become locally-made mulch or compost.

Is your troop or business organizing a tree recycling drop-off event or pickup service? Email us the details and we will promote your event.


Styro-Roundup Styrofoam Recycling Event

Holiday shopping often comes with unwanted styrofoam packaging that doesn't easily fit in the trash can. Save it up and recycle it at Kitsap County's FREE styrofoam collection event on December 28, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Sheep Barn. See event details.