Costumes galore at Golden’s Halloween swap store

Library’s first Halloween Costume Exchange takes flight

Posted 10/22/19

Goldenites Marly Levesque, 6, and her sister Lily, 8, will be on a mission this Halloween to seek out the houses that give out full-sized candy bars. But to accomplish that, first they had to have …

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Costumes galore at Golden’s Halloween swap store

Library’s first Halloween Costume Exchange takes flight

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Goldenites Marly Levesque, 6, and her sister Lily, 8, will be on a mission this Halloween to seek out the houses that give out full-sized candy bars.

But to accomplish that, first they had to have the perfect costume. Lily already had hers picked out. She will be a clown this year. But Marly traded in her pirate costume from last year for a witch costume for this year.

“I like to try out new costumes,” Marly Levesque said.

The Golden Library hosted its first Halloween Costume Exchange event on Oct. 16. About 70 costumes were donated, and all came from patrons of the greater Jefferson County Public Library network.

Costumes were available in a variety of sizes — warm onesies for babies to masks for the tweens. There was a costume of nearly everything imaginable — astronaut, fire chief, vampire, pumpkin; as well as Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz,” Tigger from “Winnie the Pooh,” Batman and Darth Vader from “Star Wars” and many more

The idea came from last spring’s highly-successful prom dress exchange at the library, said Emily Vrotsos, a patron experience associate at the Golden Library who organized the Halloween Costume Exchange.

“Costumes are expensive and children grow out of them fast,” Vrotsos said. Plus, she added, “it’s a really cool form of recycling.”

About 65 people came to the event in the two hours it was going on.

Two of them were Lakewood residents Elizabeth Santiago and her daughter Isabelle, 6.

They spend a lot of time in Golden, and visit the Golden Library “all the time,” Elizabeth Santiago said. “So, I brought her to pick out a costume.”

Isabelle selected a purple and black witch costume, because she likes the color purple.

Laura Wardlaw of Golden and her son Elijah, 9, went to the library on Oct. 16 to pick up some books on hold. Without knowing the costume exchange was happening, they decided to go in and browse because Elijah didn’t have a costume yet this year.

“It’s a neat idea,” Laura Wardlaw said, especially because it helps save families money on a costume their children wear for only one night each year.

This will be one of the last couple of years that Elijah will be going trick-or-treating since he’s getting older. And he didn’t get to go last year because of the snow.

Elijah picked out a Groot costume, which is a character from Marvel Comics and the movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

He hadn’t seen the movie, but that didn’t matter to Elijah: He is just hoping for good trick-or-treating weather this year.

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