Featured Article by Living Lake Country about our ‘Oconomowoc’s Annual Costume Swap’ – October 2012

Superman one year, Tarzan the next: Costume swap this week in Oconomowoc
Swap your Halloween costumes this week
By Laura Baird
Posted: Oct. 8, 2012
City of Oconomowoc – Parents spooked by the price of new Halloween costumes for their kids can participate in Oconomowoc’s inaugural Halloween Costume Swap.
Gently used, ready-to-wear children’s costumes should be dropped off between 5 and 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the office of the Downtown Oconomowoc Merchants Association (DOMA), 165 E. Wisconsin Ave. People should also bring two nonperishable items for the food pantry.
In return, participants will receive a voucher for each donated costume. They can return between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, to select a new costume.
This first-time event is the brainchild of Melissa Peterson, founder of the Lake Country Family Fun (LCFF) website, an online calendar of community events. A similar event in Pewaukee inspired Peterson to act.
“It seems wasteful to spend so much on costumes that are worn only a few times,” said Peterson, a mother of four. “This event is a way to get something new without putting a whole lot out.”
“And helping the food pantry seems essential,” she added.
Costumes brought to the exchange should be in good condition, with all of the pieces included, working zippers and no stains. “I don’t want to turn anybody away, but we need to uphold the idea of an equal exchange,” Peterson said.
There is no guarantee of finding a specific costume or size, and any leftover costumes will be either donated to families in need or held over for next year’s exchange. For updates on the event, visit the LCFF Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oconomowoccostumeswap.

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