Costume drive in Huntington aims to give many local kids a festive Halloween

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – At the AD Lewis Community Center in Huntington, staff are already preparing to help area kids have a festive Halloween.

“For the eighth year in a row, the Town of Huntington and the AD Lewis Community Center will be accepting new and lightly worn Halloween costumes. We’re asking for costumes for boys and girls of all ages, ”says Bryan Chambers, City of Huntington communications director.

Chambers says the Halloween costume drive has been a hit with kids since its inception, and that’s how the city gives back.

“We wanted to do our part to collect as many costumes as possible. What we don’t want to see is a child who misses a trick or a treat because his family can’t afford a costume or doesn’t have transportation to get to the store ” , explains Chambers.

Historically, the drive has performed well:

“On average, we received 200 to 250 costumes per year,” says Chambers. He says they will take as much as they can give to the children.

Walks like these aren’t the only option for families looking to join in the Halloween festivities.

A district manager of a local thrift store chain says Halloween is also a busy time for them, as people search for affordable costume options.

“Since there is a shortage of costumes right now, and they can also be very expensive, a lot of people like to come and put their own outfits together, and it’s something great fun that you can do with your family.” , explains Jordan Stump. , District Manager of Huntington Goodwill Stores.

We spoke with residents of the costume campaign and what it means to have affordable costume options.

“I think it’s great because, let’s face it, people run out of money, everything is higher. If we’re going to do something like that, we have to have affordable options, ”says Michelle Hardwick, who was shopping with her granddaughter, Elliana.

They are excited and ready to cheat or deal.

“Tell her what you’d like to be for Halloween,” Hardwick tells his granddaughter. “A witch!” said Elliane.

“It’s giving back. You know, we believe at Town Hall that part of our mission to serve the community is also to give back to the community, ”Chambers said.

Halloween costumes can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the AD Lewis Community Center in Huntington until Jewel City’s Trick or Treat Day is scheduled for October 29.

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