New Leadership for Free Costumes for Kids

  • September 3, 2015 10:46 am

We are thrilled to announce that Free Costumes for Kids will continue to collect and distribute new and gently used costumes to deserving children in Palm Beach County. Adrian Lynch and Lauren Howerton, two of our volunteers, have agreed to take on the challenge. They are so excited for this opportunity to give back and to add their expertise and we are very happy too. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Who knew when I met Adrian as a young man at Addison Mizner Elementary School that this would be happening today. God is awesome!

City of Parkland Collects Over 75 Costumes for Free Costumes for Kids Halloween Costume Drive

  • October 25, 2013 4:30 pm

The City of Parkland really came through for us. Wasn’t sure I had enough costumes for our event on Monday. We just picked up over 75 costumes!!!! Amazing!!! Thanks so much to Kaitlyn for organizing the drive. They will continue to collect at the City Hall, Library and Parks and Recreation until Nov. 8th. Also a big thank you for bagging and tagging your costumes. It helps so much and keeps the accessories from getting lost from the costume.IMG_0191[1]

Thanks Water’s Edge Elem. School After School Program

  • October 25, 2013 4:26 pm

More costumes, this time collected by the After School Program at Water’s Edge Elem. School. Thanks, Ms. MIMI. Keep up the good work!IMG_0187[2]

Sunrise Park Elem. School Good Samaritan Club Donated Over 100 Costumes

  • October 25, 2013 4:18 pm

Thanks so much to the Good Samaritan Club of Sunrise Park Elem. School for donating over 100 beautiful costumes to our Free Costumes for Kids Halloween Costume Drive. On Monday afternoon, children at the Boca Raton Boys and Girls Club will be receiving them along with the handwritten Halloween Greetings. It is so gratifying that you are learning the joy of giving at such a young age. Hope you enjoyed the “popcorn treat” and the Free Costumes for Kids video. Thanks also to Ms. Laura and Ms. Lisa and Ms. Winnikoff. ?Be sure to check out the website or Facebook page. You may see the costume you donated being worn by a child with a IMG_0175[2]IMG_0176[1]IMG_0178[2]IMG_0179[2]IMG_0180[1]IMG_0181[1]IMG_0182[1]IMG_0183[2]IMG_0184[1]smile on their face!!IMG_0173[1]

Mom in Need Takes “Bull” By the Horn

  • October 21, 2013 11:29 am

From time to time Free Costumes for Kids gets requests for costumes from families outside our area. Because we have no funding for postage I usually have to turn them down, which breaks my heart. I usually suggest that they start their own drive and this year an energetic, positive-minded, proactive Mom of 4 in Virginia took me up on my offer. With just a little encouragement and guidance from our website, Free Costumes for Kids.Org, she managed to pull it off. Not only was she able to get the costumes she needed for her kids, but she was able to help many other students in her school. How awesome is that~~~ So proud of her.

Migrant Ed. Family Fun Night First Free Costumes for Kids Distribution of 2013.

  • October 20, 2013 6:41 pm







Free Costumes for Kids first distribution of 2013 was a big success. At the Migrant Ed. Family Night held at Liberty Park Elem. School in Greenacres, Fl. over 50 kids set their goals and received their Halloween costumes. We are grateful to Christina Pinder for inviting us to the event. Thanks to all of our loyal supporters for their continued donations of new and gently, used costumes. This would not have been possible without the help of our faithful and enthusiastic volunteers. The children set their goals and received their costumes from Vicky Kestler and her daughter, Elizabeth Mateo, Adrian Lynch, Silvana of Eco Green and her son, Lucas, Valeria Correa and her sons, Kevin and Nicholas,and Edwin Wilson. Pictures were taken by my son, Casey McCarthy and Mayra Latalladi and her daughter, Lorayma. Glitter tattoos were created by Lauren Howerton.IMG_0076[1]IMG_0073[1]IMG_0072[1]IMG_0065[1]IMG_0061[1]IMG_0060[1]IMG_0037[1]IMG_0036[1]IMG_0035[1]IMG_0034[1]IMG_0033[1]IMG_0032[1]IMG_0031[1]

Free Costumes for Kids Collection Sites for 2013

  • October 20, 2013 5:44 pm

Looking for a place to donate your new and gently used Halloween costumes? Here are the Official Collection Sites for Free Costumes for Kids for 2013. Sunrise Park Elem., City of Parkland City Hall, Library, and Parks and Recreation, Water’s Edge El. Margate Elem. Boca Raton Elem., Morikami Elem. Boynton Beach YMCA, Boca Raton YMCA, Loibel’s Dance Studio. Moms Helping Moms is also collecting in Coral Springs. Check out their collection sites in the article below. Please place your costume in a zip lock bag and mark on the outside, B/G and the size. ?If you are thinking of purchasing costumes our greatest need is for large and X large costumes. ?We even have an need for adult sizes. ?(Children come in all sizes.) Thanks in advance for your support.

Moms Helping Moms Collection Sites in Coral Springs

  • September 27, 2013 1:06 pm

Moms Helping Moms has started their drive in the Coral Springs area. Here are their collection sites if you are in the area. The costumes they collect will be distributed to children in the Coral Springs area and to Women in Distress.
Westchester El. School 12405 Royal Palm Blvd. Coral Springs

Dot to Dot Learning Ctr. 10341 Royal Palm Blvd. Coral Springs

Dance Effect 10351 Royal Palm Blvd. Coral Springs

X press Yourself 4680 Coral Ridge Dr. Coral Springs

Salt Life 2660 N. University Dr. Coral Springs

Royal Palm Christian Acad. 9600 Royal Palm Blvd.Coral Springs

Cookies by Design 9130 Wiles Rd. Coral Springs

Cherry Smash 8000 Wiles Rd. Coral Springs

USK Karate Academy 5697 Coral Ridge Dr. Coral Springs

Parkland YMCA 10559 Trails End Parkland

Dunkin Donuts 12432 W. Atlantic Blvd. Coral Springs


Thank so much for all your hard work!!!!

Start a Free Costumes for Kids Drive in Your School

  • September 18, 2013 2:49 am
Steps for Implementing the Free Costumes for Kids Program In Schools
1. Ask the principal for permission to implement the program.
2. Set dates for the drive. Make sure if there is a Halloween event planned to set the deadline for turning in costumes to leave time for organizing and distribution. It is also a good idea to run a second collection after Halloween.
3. Arrange to get collection boxes.
4. Send out press releases through school newsletter, morning and dismissal announcements, email blasts, and school Facebook page. (Check out the examples on Free Costumes for Kids. Org)
5. Send an email to teachers to ask for a list of how many kids in their classroom need a costume, boy/girl, and size.
6. Bag, Tag and Stuff and Sort. Make sure each costume is clean and in good condition and is neatly folded in a zip lock bag and labeled with permanent marker with Boy/ Girl and size (Child/Large, Adult/Small). Print the Free Costumes for Kids motivational flyers, fold them in half and insert them into the costume bag. (Flyer available for download on Free Costumes for Kids.Org.) Sort them by size and gender in bins or large trash bags, for example, Girls/Small, Toddler)
7. Sort the costumes and deliver them to the teachers. If you need more costumes, send an email to We will arrange a time for someone to pick up additional costumes. We will also arrange a time for you to deliver any extra costumes you have collected.
8. Have a Happy Halloween!!

Volunteers Needed

  • September 17, 2013 10:12 am

Free Costumes for Kids is in need of volunteers for the following positions. We need people to coordinate programs in the schools, businesses, or community clubs and organizations. We also need help sorting, bagging and tagging and pick ups and deliveries. On Thursday, Oct. 17th, we will need help distributing costumes to families attending the Migrant Ed. Family Night at Liberty Park Elem. at 5:30. If you can help, please inbox Chris McCarthy on our Free Costumes for Kids facebook page, email us at or call Chris McCarthy at 904 392-5522.