Halloween Costume Giveaway Provides Dozens of Kids with Free Costumes


One Shadyside woman has worked to make sure Ohio Valley kids are able to have new Halloween costumes every year. 

Five years ago Shadyside resident Sue Selaski decided she wanted to help out children whose families couldn’t afford a new Halloween costume every year. Selaski with a lot of help from Belmont County Public Libraries and the Shadyside Ladies Civic Club have been able to gather costumes for dozens of children in Belmont County. Saturday, at the Shadyside Public Library, they held a costume giveaway and Halloween party. Selaski said she started the giveaway so kids wouldn’t feel left out during their school Halloween parties. 

“I learned there were a lot of children here in Shadyside who did not go to school the day of the Halloween party because they didn’t have a Halloween costume. If you’ve checked costume prices, they’re outrageous, starting at about $20-25. So I thought maybe we could get people to donate their gently used and they we could give them out to the kids whose parents couldn’t buy them one and it’s worked beautifully,” said Selaski.

Selaski said they were able to give away about 50 costumes this year. She also said the Shadyside Costume Giveaway has been a huge success and she hopes the generosity can spread to other Ohio Valley communities. 

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