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Costume exchanges to be held in three Island communities this October

Vancouver Island Regional Library branches in Campbell River, Nanaimo, Courtenay each holding swaps
Mika Thornhill and Tom Green help Saylor Thornhill (centre) pick out a book at the Campbell River Library on Halloween last year. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

For kids, October’s perennial question is “what are you going to be for Halloween?”

For parents — especially this year — that question is “how am I going to afford another Halloween costume?”

This year, three branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (Campbell River, Courtenay and Nanaimo) will be holding Halloween costume exchanges, which should help answer both of those questions.

“Last year Campbell River was the first library to do that in Vancouver Island Regional Library, and now Courtenay is also doing the costume swap and as well as all of the libraries in Nanaimo,” said Campbell River library manager Joëlle Samson. “Libraries are really geared towards supporting the exchange economy. We do this with with books and other library materials, and we’re happy to do it with Halloween costumes.”

The idea is that people can bring in their gently used, washed costumes any time before the exchange. Then on the day of the exchange, those who have donated can bring in a voucher and have their pick of the costumes available. Then in the afternoon the remaining costumes will be available to the public in general.

For Campbell River, costumes can be dropped off at the library any time until Oct. 20, and people can come pick out their costumes on Oct. 21. Drop offs for Courtenay are open until Oct. 10, with the swap day on Oct. 11. In Nanaimo, costumes can be dropped off at all three branches until Oct. 13, and the swap will be held at the Harbour-Front branch on Oct. 14.

The Campbell River branch is running a Terrifying Tales writing contest, and will also be holding its Books for Treats event on Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Details are available on each branch’s Facebook page.

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I joined Campbell River Mirror in early 2020, writing about the environment, housing, local government and more.
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