Halloween treat: 'Recycling is Bootiful' offers free costumes for needy kids

David Serwitz wants to make sure that no child goes without a Halloween costume this year.

Earlier this month he launched the “Recycling Is Bootiful” campaign to collect costumes for underprivileged families and children.

As the owner of a San Luis Obispo in-home tutoring company called Grade Potential, Serwitz works firsthand with families and knows the struggles some of them face.

His company is partnering with other businesses and nonprofits to gather the costumes, wash them and distribute them on Oct. 28 at three county locations.

“We know how expensive Halloween costumes are and that many families cannot afford to purchase them,” said Serwitz. “Costumes are worn one day and then tossed — it just makes sense to do something like this.”

Costumes for children between 2 and 15 years of age are welcomed. The costumes should be in decent shape and not missing buttons or zippers or otherwise in need of repairs.

Paul’s Cleaners on Marsh Street has volunteered to dry clean the costumes free of charge.

Grade Potential and the United Church of Christ, San Luis Obispo, will collect costumes at their booths at Thursday’s Farmers Market in San Luis Obispo. The church will collect costumes only this Thursday.

If families are unable to drop off a costume, they can call Grade Potential at 548-8867 and it will be picked up.

“It is disheartening to me to think that a kid might not be able to have the same fun I did when I was a kid because their parents can’t afford a costume,” said Serwitz. “Halloween is such a fun thing — especially for elementary-age kids.”

The donated costumes will be available Oct. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at three locations in the county: Family Care Network, 3765 South Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo; Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Ave. in Grover Beach; and Paso Robles Children’s Museum, 623 13th St. in Paso Robles.