It’s now fall and some of you may have some spring cleaning that never quite happened…you know who you are. Is there a closet in your home filled with your kid’s old Halloween costumes that were once super fun for make-believe and dress up when they were 6 or 7, but now they’re 16 and it’s time for another hobby?

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You’re in luck!  Connecticut has some super great Halloween decoration locations where you can donate (or even trade) Halloween costumes! We’ve done the legwork for you, now you go and do the thing…donate!  It’ll make your heart happy and put a smile on someone’s face.

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Steven Libralon on Unsplash

The Cornerstone Foundation Costume Donations Needed

Thanks to the Patch for the heads up that The Cornerstone Foundation is opening a Halloween store at its clothing bank and are in need of gently used costumes!  In particular, characters that are currently popular with kids are being sought.  Examples include Disney and Marvel characters, Ninja Turtles and Frozen.  The Halloween Store at the Cornerstone Clothing Bank is open:

  • October 14th from 4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • October 15th from 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • October 20th from 4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • October 21st from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Clothing Bank, Etc.

3 Prospect Street

Vernon, CT 06066


Photo by Conner Baker on Unsplash
Photo by Conner Baker on Unsplash

Middletown Connecticut Recreation Donation Swap or Pick Up

Middletown Connecticut Recreation has Halloween costumes for swap or pick-up on Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.  They have over 80 costumes.  Costumes will be distributed on October 14th and 15th while supplies last.

  • October 14th until 6:00 pm
  • October 15th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Middletown Connecticut Recreation Office

140 Wilderman's Way (behind Beman Middle School)

Middletown, CT 06457


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Mary Jane Duford on Unsplash

Newtown’s Halloween on Main ~ How to Donate

Newtown’s Halloween on Main Trick-Or-Treating event is run privately by households on Main Street.  The residents of Main Street provide candy they have purchased themselves to thousands of trick-or-treaters who attend the event on Halloween.

You can donate money to help cover the cost of candy or new unopened bags of candy that you’ve purchased.  There are two donation locations.

Newtown Parks and Recreation

8 Simpson Street (dropbox located inside Community Center)

Newtown, CT  06470


  • Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Trinity Episcopal Church

36 Main Street

Newtown, CT  06470


  • Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
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Kerwin Elias on Unsplash

You can check out my other articles, right here including a recent one with bassist Ian Hill of Judas Priest and a guide to some of the best Halloween scares Connecticut has to offer. Thanks for hanging out with me and see you guys again real soon.

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