Community Center Seeks “Boo-tique” Costume Donations

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Topics: Halloween

Carolyn Carey sorts costumes at last year's “Boo-tique.” Donated costumes are now being accepted at the community center, and will be made available to local kids in need of a Halloween disguise on Friday, Oct. 21. FILE PHOTO

HARWICH — With Halloween only a month away, departments at the community center are looking to stock their “Boo-tique” with a costume donation drive. Anyone with a used Halloween costume kicking around the house who is looking to get rid of it can make a donation to the “Boo-tique.”

The “Boo-tique” is set up to help kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity to get a Halloween costume and become a pirate, Ninja Turtle, witch, princess or superhero. Some people donate portions of costumes such as wigs, hats and glasses, so the opportunity is there to mix and match and become the disguise of your choice.

Last year was the first for the “Boo-tique,” and people were very generous in making donations, including a few who purchased costumes. In its first year the “Boo-tique” received more than 50 costumes.

“It's a great way to re-use these costumes,” Community Center Director Carolyn Carey said.

Carey said they accept costumes that show minor wear, but they cannot accept costumes that have prominent stains or tears. She said people should remember that a donated costume is supposed to help a child feel special and confident on Halloween, so it should be in good shape. She added they can also use random parts of costumes in “gently used” condition, such as a tutus, masks or capes.

It would be helpful, Carey said, if people provide a note with the costume that includes size, age appropriateness, and what it is supposed to be, such as a superhero or princess. She also asked donors, if possible, to provide the original package or a hanger and plastic garment bag because it helps with storing the costume. However, good costumes without those amenities will also be accepted.

Carey said the council on aging and the recreation and youth commission will be collecting the costumes daily. The “Boo-tique” will be open on for kids on Friday, Oct. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the community center, and everything is free. For more information contact the center at 508-430-7568.