Donate Costume Supplies to Make Halloween Scary Fun

Melissa Powell, Food Moxie Farm Educator

Halloween will be here before you know it, and this year will mark Food Moxie's third Halloween Family Night at Stenton Family Manor. 

My first year leading Garden Club there, I naively asked the children what they were going to be for Halloween. Some of them responded with their hopeful costume choices, but some of the children were clearly uncomfortable with the question. Afterward, a parent kindly pulled me aside and told me that they did not think they could afford costumes that year. I quickly told the parent that we could make them! 

Now, each year, we provide the capes, mask kits, fabric paint and felt pieces to make personalized superhero costumes! Also, Mercelyne Latortue (from Hope Kitchen) makes healthy holiday snacks for us to eat! Last year, we ate popcorn the children grew in the garden and we expect we will be doing that again this time. We also hand out goodie bags with school supplies.

The project has really grown — last year, we made 50 costumes! But we can't do it without your help. We are collecting:

  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric paint
  • Felt cutouts to be glued on capes (large shapes like circles, lighting bolts, and stars)
  • Halloween or superhero-themed school supplies (for goody bags)
  • Halloween-themed party supplies (tablecloths, plates, cups)
  • General art supplies are always welcome (glue, scissors, crayons, and markers)

To make a donation or for more information, contact me at

Thanks so much for your help!