Reduce, Re-wear, Re-scare!



that each year, millions of children wear Halloween costumes for just ONE night of trick or treating!! Parents might be able to convince a younger sibling to wear it the following Halloween, but most likely the costume will be obsolete after just a use or two. This leaves millions of perfectly good Halloween costumes without children to wear them!

In the spirit of Halloween AND reusing, the Lake County Solid Waste Management District is asking for your donations of clean, gently-used costumes and accessories. Visit the Environmental Education Center in Hammond to drop off your donations now through October 20th.  You can receive “payment” in tickets, which can then be used to “purchase” used items from the Halloween Swap Store October 23rd-31st OR trade your items for a FREE t-shirt from us! The swap will open for a SNEAK PEEK on Saturday, October 21st from 9 am-11 am.

We would appreciate donations of:

  • full or partial costumes, ALL SIZES – children through adult
  • extra or unwanted items from your child’s dress-up box
  • old dance recital costumes
  • hand-me down prom dresses or bridesmaid dresses
  • parts and/or pieces of costumes (masks, skirts, funny shoes, capes, hats, neck ties, fake fingernails, goofy 
glasses, wigs, colored hair spray, scarves, old jewelry, etc.) 

ALSO!  No money is exchanged:

  • All costumes and accessories are swapped for other costumes and accessories
  • In order to participate, one must bring items to swap ~ either in advance for ticket vouchers or when the store is open October 23rd-31st (and sneak-peek Saturday 10/21!)
  • PLEASE…only clean, gently-used costumes & accessories
Halloween Swap Store Hours & Location:                      Oct. 23 through Oct. 31, 2017
Environmental Education Center                                      8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
2405 Calumet Avenue                                                        please call ahead:
Hammond, IN  46320                                                          (219) 853-2420
                                                                                                sneak peek hours 10/21 from 9 am -11am
  • enviromobile


    The Enviromobile travels to schools around Lake County providing environmental outreach programs focusing on Zero Waste and Reducing, Reusing and Recycling.  Programs are designed for one classroom at a time and typically run between 45-60 minutes in length. 

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    Field trip @ the Environmental Education center

    Welcome to a day full of environmental edutainment at the EEC!  Get your program requests in on the opening day of registration because the schedule for this FREE field trip books up quickly!  With 27 years of combined experience in the field of environmental education, the educators will provide a day of quality, hands-on activities for your students.  Doors open at 10am for registered field trip groups and programming concludes at 1p to allow time for your buses to return to their regular routes.  Students are encouraged to think about what it takes to pack a “zero-waste lunch” because lunch time and eating space are provided for sack lunches.  This site is available to Lake County schools, public, private and homeschool, ages preschool through adult, seeking a green experience for students. We look forward to hosting your group!

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  • reuz-room

    Reuz Room

    The ReUZ Room offers Lake County teachers, scout group leaders, church group leaders, and any other non-profit group the opportunity to gather clean, reusable supplies for arts and crafts projects. 

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    Summer Day Camps AT THE eec

    On summer break?  We have a CAMP for that!  Free to Lake County, IN residents or students who attend a Lake County, IN school, we have several opportunities for your K through 12th grade kiddos! 

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    Special Programs

    Check back often for news on up & coming teacher workshops, educator open houses and other opportunities for professional development.  You can also find more information here for these great programs and resources:


    ~guest speakers

    ~our CAP-A-THON caps-to-benches program

    ~the Bella Webb Award for Environmental Education

    ~Trout in the Classroom, the traveling tank!

    ~Enviro-Teacher Advisory Council (ETAC)

    ~and more!

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