Not every child can afford to buy, or are able to make, a Halloween costume. This can lead to negative effects on a kid when they are excluded from the fun of Halloween at school and in their lives.

The United Way of Laramie County says that "...being unable to partake in holiday festivities can have an impact on children’s social/emotional development."

 

As a kid, holidays, traditions, celebrations in our communities are played out very much at school. While everyone is getting costumes and planning their family festivities, not being able to do that can make a kid feel like an outsider. The costume drive helps draw kids into the school and brings some joy to their lives. Teachers report to us that it lifts the atmosphere in the school. The drive gives parents a bit of relief as well. All-in-all, we believe this is connected to student achievement,” Connie Sloan Cathcart, UWLC Executive Director

To help out kids and families who otherwise couldn't enjoy Halloween, the United Way of Laramie County is holding a Halloween Costume Drive to help each child enjoy the experiences that come along with dressing up for a night.

Want to help? You can donate new or gently used costumes at the United Way office until Wednesday, October 16.

United Way of Laramie County is located at 1007 E. Lincolnway in Cheyenne, Wyoming.